Aca­dia soon to hit Aussie shores

Albany Extra - - Motoring - Ewan Kennedy

The new Holden seven-seat Aca­dia is due to ar­rive in Aus­tralia mid­way through Oc­to­ber.

Pow­ered by the lat­est it­er­a­tion of the renowned 3.6-litre V6 en­gine that drives through a nine-speed au­to­matic it will be of­fered in 2WD (the front wheels) and 4WD ver­sions. Holden en­gi­neers and tech­ni­cians were in­volved in the de­sign through­out the Aca­dia’s de­vel­op­ment and road test­ing has been done in this coun­try.

Though not aimed at full-on of­froad driv­ing, the big SUV has a trac­tion select sys­tem which al­lows the driver to al­ter chas­sis and pow­er­train at­tributes to suit a va­ri­ety of driv­ing con­di­tions.

Front-drive mod­els of­fer Nor­mal (2x4), Snow, Sport and Trailer/Tow modes, while AWD mod­els of­fer 2x4 (AWD dis­con­nect), 4x4, Sport, Off Road and Trailer/Tow modes.

This big Holden is a very ver­sa­tile ve­hi­cle on the in­side. The rear two rows of seats can be folded flat and the cen­tre row is ad­justable front to rear to let oc­cu­pants jug­gle legroom to suit their needs.

In­fo­tain­ment is via an 8.0-inch colour dis­play. There's Ap­ple Car Play and An­droid Auto, and a six- speaker au­dio sys­tem. Holden has fit­ted USB ports in all three rows.

Stan­dard in the Aca­dia is a full suite of ac­tive safety fea­tures across the range de­signed to help driv­ers be more aware of their sur­round­ings and po­ten­tial crash sit­u­a­tions. They in­clude au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing, fol­low­ing dis­tance in­di­ca­tor, au­to­matic high beam as­sist, safety seat alert, for­ward col­li­sion alert, lane de­par­ture warn­ing with lane keep as­sist, blind spot alert that in­cludes rear cross traf­fic alert, and rear park­ing as­sist.

The Holden Aca­dia is be­ing man­u­fac­tured at Gen­eral Mo­tors’ Spring Hill fac­tory in Ten­nessee, with ini­tial ship­ments prob­a­bly on their way as we type this.

Your lo­cal Holden dealer is Al­bany City Mo­tors 9842 8000

The bold, some­what Amer­i­can styling of the Holden Aca­dia.

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