GM Focuses On Pure Electric Vehicles

Why GM Will Focus On Pure Electric Vehicles Instead Of Hybrids

General Motors‘ decision to kill off the Chevrolet Volt was indicative of a long-term strategy that will see the automaker focus on pure electric vehicles instead of hybrids.

Company president Mark Reuss explained the automaker’s decision cease making hybrids in a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, telling the newspaper that it would rather channel its green vehicle investments into EVs, as it believes they will eventually take over.

“If I had a dollar more to invest, would I spend it on a hybrid? Or would I spend it on the answer that we all know is going to happen, and get there faster and better than anybody else?” Reuss said.

WSJ notes that this strategy is a departure from other major industry players such as Toyota and Ford. Toyota sees hybrids as crucial to lowering green house gas emissions, as they are cheaper than EVs and thus carry a cheaper purchasing price and can be sold in greater numbers.

Ford, meanwhile, plans to invest heavily in EVs, but is also planning certain hybrid models, like the upcoming F-150 Hybrid. A Ford engineer explained the company doesn’t want buyers who desire a green vehicle to be forced into an EV, which are still more expensive than hybrids and have limited range.

GM isn’t the only automaker that sees hybrids as an unnesscary stop-gap between ICE and EV. WSJ also spoke to VW for its report, which echoed a similar sentiment to GM: if EV market share grows as it is expected to, why continue to invest in a stop-gap technologies like hybrids and plug-ins?

“Our strong preference is to go all-in where the market is heading, as opposed to hybrids as a way to hedge our bets,” Volkswagen America CEO Scott Keogh said.

Time will tell which automakers get this strategy right and which get it wrong. The winning strategy may depend on how quickly automakers like GM and VW can bring affordable yet profitable EVs to market with usable range. If EVs don’t end up accounting for a large chunk business, they may be forced to employ more hybrids in order to meet the 2025 government emissions regulations.

Sources: Wall Street Journal
and GM Authority

GM’S REAR SEAT REMINDER

Rear Seat Reminder Technology

GM’S REAR SEAT REMINDER CAN HELP REMIND PARENTS TO CHECK THE BACK SEAT

Learn how GM’s Rear Seat Reminder feature can help parents remember to double check the rear seat before leaving the vehicle.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, heatstroke was the leading cause of non-crash vehicle-related fatalities for children age 14 and younger.

That tragic fact wasn’t lost on the vehicle development teams at GM. Under certain conditions, the new Rear Seat Reminder feature, which is standard on most new GM models, can help remind parents to check the back seat before leaving the vehicle.

“Rear Seat Reminder is a simple feature designed to do exactly what its name suggests,” says John Capp, director of General Motors’ Global Vehicle Safety Group. “While it does not detect the presence of rear-seat passengers or child seats, under certain conditions it can provide a simple, extra reminder to drivers to take another look inside their vehicle.”

GMC life acadia rear seat reminder son sleeping.
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The Rear Seat Reminder does not actually detect objects in the rear seat.  It works by monitoring the vehicle’s rear doors. If either rear door is opened and closed within ten minutes before the vehicle is started, or if they are opened and closed while the vehicle is running, the feature is intended to activate.

Once the vehicle is switched off, the vehicle is designed to sound five audible chimes and display a visual message within the instrument cluster’s Driver Information Center, which can help remind the driver to take a look at the rear seat before departing.

The feature is active only once each time the vehicle is turned on and off, and would require re-activation on a second trip. Additionally, under some circumstances, the system may activate even though nothing is in the rear seat. For example, if a child were dropped off at school without the vehicle being turned off, the Rear Seat Reminder would still be activated.

It is very important that the driver always checks the rear seat before exiting the vehicle.

“Many members of our development and engineering teams are also parents,” Capp says. “Our experiences, along with feedback from customers with children of their own, pushed us to think of ways we could make new GM trucks, crossovers, and SUVs even more family-focused.”

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Michelin, GM Take the Air Out of Tires for Passenger Vehicles

Montreal (Tuesday, June 4, 2019) — Michelin and General Motors presented a new generation of airless wheel technology, the MICHELIN Uptis Prototype (or “Unique Puncture-proof Tire System”), at the Movin’On Summit for sustainable mobility today. GM intends to develop this airless wheel assembly with Michelin and aims to introduce it on passenger vehicles as early as 2024.

Later this year, GM will initiate real-world testing and validation of the Uptis Prototype on a Michigan test fleet of Chevrolet Bolt EVs.

“General Motors is excited about the possibilities that Uptis presents, and we are thrilled to collaborate with Michelin on this breakthrough technology,” said Steve Kiefer, senior vice president, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, General Motors. “Uptis is an ideal fit for propelling the automotive industry into the future and a great example of how our customers benefit when we collaborate and innovate with our supplier partners.”

Airless technology makes the Uptis Prototype eliminate flats and blowouts. This means Uptis offers significant potential for reducing the use of raw materials and waste, contributing to GM’s vision for a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion as it:

  • Reduces the number of punctured or damaged tires that are scrapped before reaching the end of their life cycle.
  • Reduces the use of raw materials, energy for production and emissions linked to the manufacture of spare tires and replacement tires that are no longer required.
  • Lasts longer by eliminating irregular wear and tear caused by over- or under-inflation.
  • Reduces dangers related to flats and blowouts.

New! GM First-To-Market with Google Assistant Voice Commands

GM Google Assistance

New! GM First-To-Market with Google Assistant Voice Commands

We are excited to announce that as of today, owners of connected Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles are first in the Canadian market to be able to control their vehicles using Google Assistant voice commands such as “Hey Google, ask Chevrolet to start my car”. Please note that the voice commands are only available in English at this time.

This comes as a great addition to our vehicles voice assistant integration which includes Amazon® Alexa – also a first to market for GM. Per Google, over 72% of people who own a voice-activated speaker say their devices are often used as part of their daily routine.

Imagine you are just about to fall asleep, but you can’t remember if you locked your vehicle. Rather than getting out of bed to look for your keys, you can now ask Google to lock your doors giving you that extra peace of mind.

In conjunction with the myChevrolet®, myBuick®, myGMC® or myCadillac® App and an eligible active service plan (including trial periods), customers can lock, unlock, start and stop their vehicles by voice with their Google Assistant.

Functionality like this continues to put GM vehicles at the forefront of new connected technologies. We encourage you and your teams to inform customers and prospective customers of this industry-first feature.

To start using Google Assistant with your vehicle, click on the corresponding brand link and follow these steps:

1. Select “Link” to link your OnStar/Owner Centre account with your Google Assistant account.
2. Select “Send to device” to start using the voice commands on your device.

Buick: https://assistant.google.com/services/a/uid/00000051d78de6df
Chevrolet: https://assistant.google.com/services/a/uid/000000547a736f96
Cadillac: https://assistant.google.com/services/a/uid/0000003cd8b79d6e
GMC: https://assistant.google.com/services/a/uid/000000b1dadb5b92

2020 Chevrolet Silverado’s New, Advanced 3.0L Duramax Turbo-Diesel Redefines Expectations

The all-new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado’s available 3.0L Duramax inline-six turbo-diesel engine adds choice and versatility for full-size truck customers, offering class-leading torque and horsepower in addition to focusing on fuel economy and capability. It is the first-ever inline-six turbo-diesel offered in Chevrolet’s full-size light-duty trucks.

Chevrolet engineers started with a clean-sheet design and developed an all-new engine that leverages the efficiency and refinement advantages of the inline six-cylinder architecture and incorporates advanced combustion and emissions technologies to optimize performance and efficiency.

“From the moment the engine is started, to its idle, acceleration and highway cruising, the 3.0L Duramax performance will change perceptions of what a diesel engine can offer in refinement,” said Nicola Menarini, director for Diesel Truck Engine Program Execution. “With advanced technologies that draw on global diesel expertise, it’s a no-compromise choice for those who want the capability and driving range of a diesel in a light-duty truck.”

Available on LT, RST, LTZ and High Country models, the 3.0L Duramax diesel rounds out the new Silverado’s range of six propulsion choices, each tailored to suit customers’ needs for performance, efficiency, technology and value. It is rated at an SAE-certified 206.56 kilowatts (277 horsepower) and 624 Nm (460 lb-ft) of torque delivering 95 percent of peak torque at just 1,250 rpm. Peak torque is sustained from 1,500 rpm through 3,000 rpm, providing a powerfully smooth and satisfying driving experience.

The 3.0L Duramax is paired with GM’s 10L80 10-speed automatic transmission, featuring a centrifugal pendulum absorber torque converter that reduces vibrations to improve smoothness, reinforcing its performance, efficiency and refinement. This combination also offers exhaust braking, which uses the diesel engine’s compression to help slow the vehicle, requiring fewer brake applications by the driver when in Tow Haul mode.

Innovative Engine Technologies

The inline six-cylinder architecture offers inherent efficiency and refinement, but the team expanded with smart technology choices to help improve efficiency and weight while optimizing the truck experience. A lightweight aluminum block and cylinder head reduce overall mass, and Active Thermal Management enhances efficiency and cold-weather warm-up. Ceramic glow plugs also help with shorter heat-up times and a quicker cold start, meaning the engine block heater is not needed until -30 degrees C (-22 degrees F).

Towing is an important part of owning a truck, and customers can gain additional confidence thanks to the exhaust brake available in tow-haul mode. The water charge air cooler, coupled with low pressure EGR, reduces time to torque. The variable geometry turbocharger helps provide a greater balance of performance and efficiency, and an electronically variable intake manifold helps optimize performance across the rpm band.

Inherently efficient and balanced

Compared to a DOHC V-6, the inline-six architecture offers greater efficiency from the reduced friction of operating only two camshafts and their associated valvetrain components. The I6 configuration offers the perfect balance of primary and secondary forces, without the need for balancing shafts.

“In addition to reduced friction, the architecture enables smooth operation,” Menarini said. “The new Duramax 3.0L elevates the 2019 Silverado with one of the most refined and efficient diesel engines in the segment.”

Along with supporting elements such as a tuned air induction system and other noise-attenuating elements, the 3.0L Duramax delivers exceptional quietness and smoothness at all engine speeds.

All-aluminum construction and tough rotating assembly

The 3.0L Duramax cylinder block is made of a cast aluminum alloy that provides the strength required to support the high combustion pressures that occur within a diesel engine, while also offering an approximately 25 per cent mass savings over a comparable cast iron engine block. Iron cylinder liners are used within the aluminum block to insure truck durability.

There are seven nodular iron main bearing caps that help ensure the block’s strength under those high combustion pressures, while also enabling accurate location of the rotating assembly. A deep-skirt block design, where the block casting extends below the crankshaft centerline, also contributes to the engine’s stiffness and refinement. It’s complemented by a stiffness-enhancing aluminum lower crankcase extension attached to the main bearing caps.

The rotating assembly consists of a forged steel crankshaft, forged steel connecting rods and hypereutectic aluminum pistons. The alloys in the respective castings for the rods and pistons make them lightweight and durable. Silicon is blended with the aluminum for heat resistance and tolerance within the piston cylinders, which enhances performance and makes the engine quiet.

A thick piston crown — the top of the piston — and reinforced top ring add strength to support the tremendous cylinder pressures enabled by turbocharging and the engine’s high 15.0:1 compression ratio.

DOHC Cylinder Head and Rear Cam Drive

Overhead camshafts offer a direct, efficient means of operating the valves, while four valves per cylinder activated by maintenance-free finger followers with hydraulic lash adjusters increase airflow in and out of the engine. This arrangement is integrated on the Duramax 3.0L’s lightweight aluminum cylinder head, which is topped with a lightweight composite cam cover that incorporates the crankcase ventilation and oil separation systems.

A pair of lightweight, assembled camshafts actuates 1.12-inch (28.35 mm) diameter intake and 0.97-inch (24.55 mm) diameter exhaust valves. The camshaft drivetrain is uniquely located at the rear (flywheel side) of the engine, for greater refinement and packaging considerations for the comparatively long inline-six. A crankshaft-driven chain drives the high-pressure direct-injection fuel pump, while a chain driven by the fuel pump drives both intake and exhaust camshafts. A smaller belt drives the variable flow oil pump from the crankshaft.

Additional Technology Highlights

Variable geometry turbocharging enables the Duramax 3.0L engine to deliver class-leading horsepower with minimal effect on overall efficiency. The system uses closed loop controlled vanes position and sophisticated electronic controls to automatically adjust boost pressure to the desired value based on engine running conditions and instantaneous power demand. The liquid-cooled turbocharger features a low-friction ball-bearing shaft and is mounted close to the exhaust outlet of the engine for quicker spool-up of the turbine and quicker light-off of the exhaust catalyst. A water-to-air intercooling system produces a cooler higher density air charge for greater power. Maximum boost pressure is 300 Kpa (43,5 psi) absolute.

Low-pressure EGR: The Duramax 3.0L utilizes new low-pressure Exhaust Gas Recirculation to optimize performance and efficiency. The EGR system diverts some of the engine-out exhaust gas and mixes it back into the fresh intake air stream, which is drawn into the cylinder head for combustion. That lowers combustion temperatures and rates.

Traditionally, EGR systems in diesel applications recirculate exhaust gases between the two high-pressure points, the exhaust manifold(s) and intake manifold. However, it generally requires efficiency-robbing assistance from the turbocharger or other supporting elements to achieve the pressure differential required for sufficient EGR flow rates.

The new low-pressure system adds to the high-pressure system, supporting continual adjustment of exhaust backpressure for more efficient operation. It recirculates gases between the low-pressure points in the exhaust system (downstream of the particulate filter) and after the compressor inlet.

When the low-pressure EGR is activated by an electronically controlled valve, the engine burns exhaust gas that has already passed through the particulate filter. That increases the turbocharger’s efficiency, which helps overall vehicle efficiency without deteriorating the rate of particulate matter emitted by the engine.

A variable intake manifold offers dual air intake pathways for each cylinder. Electronically controlled flaps — one for each cylinder — shorten or lengthen the airflow to each cylinder. This optimizes the airflow into the engine and improves performance and responsiveness across the rpm band, particularly at lower engine speeds.

A variable-pressure oiling system with a continuously variable-displacement vane oil pump enhances efficiency by optimizing oil pressure as a function of engine speed and load. With it, the oil supply is matched to the engine requirements rather than the excessive supply of a conventional, fixed-displacement oil pump. The engine uses low-friction Diesel Dexos 0W20 oil.

Oil jets located in the block are employed for performance and temperature control. They target the inner core of the piston with an extra layer of cooling, friction-reducing oil. The jets reduce piston temperature, allowing the engine to produce more power and enhance long-term durability than engines without the technology.

Active Thermal Management helps the engine warm up quickly to achieve and maintain its optimal engine temperature for performance and efficiency over the entire engine operating range. The system uses a three-actuator rotary valve system to distribute coolant through the engine in a targeted manner. It sends heat where it’s needed to warm up the engine to reduce friction and heat the passenger cabin or cools when needed for high-power operation. The Duramax 3.0L also features split cooling between the block and head.

Common rail direct fuel injection of 36,250 psi (2,500 bar) helps generates class-leading horsepower and torque. The system’s pressure is generated by an engine-driven twin-piston pump sending fuel to solenoid-activated injectors with nine-hole nozzles that support precise metering of the fuel for a smooth idle and lower combustion noise. The fuel system is capable of multiple injections per combustion cycle — up to 10 times per injector — for more consistent and stable combustion performance that translates into smoothness and refinement, particularly at idle.  

Electronic throttle valve: The Duramax 3.0L features an electronic throttle valve to regulate intake manifold pressure in order to optimize exhaust gas recirculation rates. It also contributes to a smooth engine shutdown via a more controlled method of airflow reduction.

Ceramic glow plugs used in the Duramax 3.0L heat up more quickly and hotter than conventional metal-based glow plugs, helping the engine start and heat up more quickly in cold weather. The Duramax 3.0L achieves unassisted and assisted starting temperatures of -30 C (-22 F) and -40 C (-40 F) respectively.

Stop/start technology helps optimize efficiency in city driving. The driver-selectable system shuts off the engine at stoplights and other stop-and-go situations. The engine automatically restarts when the driver takes their foot off the brake.

2020 Buick Encore GX revealed as a bigger smaller crossover

It fits between Encore and Envision


Buick Encore GX
The Encore GX is positioned between the regular Encore and Envision.
Image Credit: Buick

The crossover craze has taken root throughout the car industry, but especially at Buick. The company says that 90% of its sales are of the upright utilities. So it’s no surprise the brand is adding yet another model to the line-up, the 2020 Buick Encore GX.

Despite the name, the Encore GX doesn’t appear to share anything with the current Encore, as GM says it uses a new platform. It’s also larger than the regular Encore, though it’s also smaller than the midsize Envision. One area in which its slightly bigger size benefits the GX is that it has nearly five more cubic feet of cargo space than the current Encore.

Other details about the crossover are scant. Buick hasn’t even said what engine or transmission will be used. Buick did say the Encore GX will feature automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and lane-keep assist as standard features, with the rear-camera mirror as an option. The current Encore will continue to be sold alongside the Encore GX, and it won’t be replaced with the version shown at the Shanghai Auto Show. Pricing and availability will be announced later, along with other vehicle details.

Source: Autoblog.com

The GMC Sierra could be going electric, too

GM’s premium truck brand is mulling over a rival to the EV F-150

by ALEX REID | JANUARY 25, 2019

Mere weeks after Ford announced it was going to build an electric F-150, GMC is jumping on the bandwagon, and considering its own plans to electrify the Sierra.

According to CNBC, a conversation with GMC vice-president Duncan Aldres revealed that an electric version of its famous pickup truck is “something we’re considering.”

GMC has always fallen on the premium side of Chevrolet, which means the introduction of an electric drivetrain could be easier paid for by the higher-end features found in the Sierra.

Once the Sierra goes, however, we’d expect the Silverado to follow in its zero-emissions footsteps.

The model hasn’t been confirmed yet, but with the introduction of boutique electric truck manufacturers such as Rivian, Bollinger and even Tesla joining the EV pickup game, it seems unlikely GM would want to miss out. The fact Ford will be throwing its hat into the ring will speed things up for a lot of manufacturers.

GM also recently announced it will turn Cadillac into a leader in electric technology, and introduce electric-only models under the brand’s halo.

We think there might be a good market for a fully electric Escalade or Avalanche, but that’s just us starting rumours!

2019 GMC Sierra Racks Up the Awards at 2019 Canadian International AutoShow

Next-generation pickup recognized as winner of Truck King Challenge & Motoring TV’s Truck of the Year

OSHAWA (Friday, February 15, 2019) — The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali has been recognized as the winner of the 2019 Truck King Challenge and the Truck of the Year by Motoring TV, awards given to best-in-class trucks with advanced innovation, features and technologies.

“It is an honour to be acknowledged by the Canadian press for the 2019 GMC Sierra Denali, our boldest and most innovative Sierra ever,” said Michael MacPhee, brand director for GMC in Canada. “All new from the ground up, the Sierra Denali has established itself as a game-changer both in class-leading capability and revolutionary design.”

Distinguished by its bold design and segment-leading technologies, the Sierra Denali once again redefines the pickup, while advancing Denali’s legacy as the pinnacle of GMC design, capability and refinement. The 6.2L V8 coupled to the new 10 speed transmission is powerful yet fuel efficient, and the all-new Dynamic Fuel Management system is engineered to allow the engine to operate within the full range of one to eight cylinders.

The Sierra is the first and only model to offer the MultiPro Tailgate, with six unique positions and functions offer enhanced second-tier loading and load-stop solutions. The 2019 Sierra Denali affirms its position as the most premium Sierra ever with advanced technologies and exclusive features.

The Canadian Truck King Challenge is an annual competition that pits six 4WD pick-ups against one another. Each truck is driven 400 km in a series of challenges that test its abilities unload, loaded with 1000 lbs., towing 7000 lbs., and finally taken off-road. In awarding the title to the 2019 GMC Sierra Denali, it was noted that its contemporary contours, interior finishes, and the rear tailgate step-ladder, are what helped it clinch the title.

Motoring TV’s Truck of the Year recognizes styling, next generation upgrades and advances in power train. Celebrating over 30 seasons on TSN, Motoring TV is one of the longest-running and most respected Canadian automotive television programs. 

About GMC in Canada

GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, with innovation and engineering excellence built into all GMC vehicles. The brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC’s highest-volume vehicle, the Sierra pickup, is the most powerful light-duty pickup on the market, and the first full-size pickup to receive the highest-possible five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changed its New Car Assessment Program for the 2011 model year. Details on all GMC models are available at http://www.gmccanada.ca, on Twitter at @GMCCanada, on Instagram at @gmccanada or at http://www.facebook.com/gmccanada.

Article reference:
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GMC Introduces the Bolder 2020 Acadia

OSHAWA (Tuesday, February 19, 2019) — Smarter technologies in the 2020 GMC Acadia, including a new available turbo engine and the latest GMC infotainment system1, along with a fresh look, offer greater versatility for customers on the go. The lineup includes SLE, SLT, an all-new AT4 trim and GMC’s flagship Denali, with available seating arrangements for five, six or seven passengers, depending on the model.

“The 2020 Acadia is stylish, functional and capable with more of the smart convenience and connectivity features that customers rely on every day,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global GMC. “And with GMC’s signature refinement at its core, the new Acadia advances the brand’s commitment to offering premium vehicles for discerning crossover customers.”

Design and technology enhancements on the new Acadia include:

  • Bolder exterior design with standard LED lighting and signature GMC C-shape lighting, complemented with interior refinements.
  • Introduction of the first-ever Acadia AT4 with more aggressive exterior styling and darkened finishes.
  • New available 2.0L turbocharged engine that uses an innovative tripower valvetrain and dual-scroll turbocharging technologies to help optimize performance and efficiency in all driving conditions.
  • New nine-speed automatic transmission developed to provide a greater balance of performance and efficiency, along with enhanced refinement.
  • New Electronic Precision Shift that replaces the conventional shifter with an electronic control that frees up interior room, including a more versatile centre console with greater storage space.
  • Enhanced GMC infotainment system that is more intelligent and intuitive, offering new features designed to help improve the user experience and offer more personalization.
  • New Head-up Display (late availability).

“With technological enhancements at your fingertips and under the hood, the 2020 Acadia is an intelligent crossover that elevates the driving and passenger experiences on all fronts,” said Aldred. “That makes it a smart choice all around.”   

Design and refinement

At a glance, the ’20 Acadia distinguishes itself with a new grille, new front and rear fascias and GMC’s signature C-shaped lighting.

An all-new Acadia AT4 expands the reach of GMC’s newest sub-brand. Its bold styling cues, including a black chrome-accented grille, add a rugged, off-road-inspired design to the Acadia range. A 3.6L V-6 engine producing 310 hp and 367 Nm (271 lb-ft) of torque and a twin clutch AWD system are standard to the AT4. Unique 17-inch wheels and all-terrain tires are also standard, with 20-inch wheels available.

Additional design and refinement enhancements for the 2020 Acadia include:

  • New 18- and 20-inch wheel designs depending on the trim.
  • Outside mirrors with integrated LED turn signals (power-folding feature standard on Denali and available on SLT trim).
  • Hands-free power liftgate with GMC logo projection standard on SLT, AT4 and Denali.
  • Redesigned centre console with enhanced storage space.
  • Unique Denali interior colour scheme with new, open-pore wood decor.

Innovative engine technology

A new 2.0L Turbo engine expands the Acadia’s propulsion choice for customers and adds a new dimension to its performance.

It leverages GM’s innovative tripower valvetrain technology to vary valve lift across the rpm band, optimizing performance for varied driving demands:

  • High valve lift for maximum power.
  • Low valve lift for a greater balance of power and efficiency.
  • Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) disables two of the cylinders in light load conditions to optimize efficiency.

The tripower valvetrain complements the turbocharging system to make the most of the engine’s available power at all speeds. The turbo is a dual-scroll design developed to enhance low-speed torque delivery. Peak torque is available from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm, for an exceptional feeling of responsiveness.

The engine is rated at a GMC-estimated 230 horsepower (172 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque.

Both the proven 2.5L I-4 and the 3.6L V-6 engines remain standard or optional equipment for the 2020 Acadia dependent on trim level selected. All engine offerings feature a stop/start deactivation switch.

New nine-speed automatic and Electronic Precision Shift

A new nine-speed automatic replaces the previous six-speed automatic as the standard transmission for the 2.0L, 2.5L and 3.6L engines offered in the 2020 Acadia. The nine-speed’s additional clutches and gears offer better optimized acceleration and efficiency, and engine noise is reduced during cruising for greater refinement.

The 2020 Acadia is the latest GMC with Electronic Precision Shift, which enables more storage room in the centre console by replacing the conventional transmission shifter with an electronically controlled gear selection consisting of intuitive push buttons and pull triggers.

New GMC infotainment system and additional technologies

As connectivity continues to grow in importance for crossover customers, the 2020 Acadia delivers the latest GMC infotainment system that is more intelligent and more intuitive. It offers users improved voice recognition, a higher resolution touchscreen and a simplified interface that requires fewer steps for some tasks, along with simpler screen layouts inspired by the latest smartphone technology.

This more user-friendly system, with an 8-inch-diagonal screen, also incorporates several new and enhanced features:

  • Personal profile allows users to tailor the infotainment system to their preferences, including audio, available navigation (requires subscription to compatible Connected Services) and climate settings, and even transfer those preferences to another GM vehicle with a compatible infotainment system. Up to four profiles are saved to the vehicle and they can be assigned to the Acadia’s key fobs, automatically resetting the preferences for the incoming driver.
  • All-new Navigation2 interface with “one shot” destination entry feature, improved Route Guidance functionality and personalized settings.
  • Connected Navigation3offers real-time updates, as well as Predictive Navigation and additional information provided by a cloud database. (Feature requires a Connected Navigation trial or subscription and connectivity.)
  • USB-C ports.Two new USB-C charging ports are integrated in the front and rear of the centre console. That brings the number of ports in the Acadia to five, including a USB-A charging port for the third-row seating area.

Additional new and enhanced technologies on the 2020 Acadia include:

  • Next-generation, 15-watt wireless charging (available).
  • High Definition Rear Vision Camera4 upgraded to digital (standard on SLT, AT4 or Denali and available on SLE).
  • New Rear Camera Mirror4 available on Denali.
  • eBoost brake system standard on models with the new 2.0L Turbo engine
  • Suspension refinements that enhance ride and handling.

The 2020 GMC Acadia goes on sale this fall.   

About GMC in Canada

GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, with innovation and engineering excellence built into all GMC vehicles. The brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC’s highest-volume vehicle, the Sierra pickup, is the most powerful light-duty pickup on the market, and the first full-size pickup to receive the highest-possible five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changed its New Car Assessment Program for the 2011 model year. Details on all GMC models are available at http://www.gmccanada.ca, on Twitter at @GMCCanada, on Instagram at @gmccanada or at http://www.facebook.com/gmccanada.

GM Canada is #1 For Retail Sales in Canada for 2018

OSHAWA, Ontario (January 3, 2019) — Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealers delivered 288,310 total sales for the full year of 2018 including 214,668 retail sales and 73,642 fleet sales, again making GM Canada the market leader for retail sales in Canada for 2018. Total sales for December 2018 were 13,855 vehicles including 10,691 retail and 3,164 fleet deliveries.

“We are very pleased to once again be Canada’s retail sales leader in 2018 led by especially strong sales performance in our pickup and crossover segments”, said GM Canada president and managing director Travis Hester. “The past year saw significant market swings in customer purchases from sedans toward crossovers, SUVs and pickups – areas where GM has one of the strongest, newest product lineups in the industry, with several important new entries coming in 2019.”

“We enter 2019 with the best new line-up of pickups in Canada, strong crossover momentum across our brands and significant technology leadership for the future, added Scott Bell, GM Canada vice president, sales, service and marketing. With several important new product launches and Canada’s best dealer network, we look forward to building our customer sales and service in 2019.”