GMC has brought the 2019 Acadia crossover to the UAE, complete with a fresh design and new electronics package. Let’s take a look at your options in the GMC Acadia’s segment.
The 2019 GMC Acadia is offered in five-, six-, and seven-seater layouts. You get all-wheel-drive in the Acadia All-Terrain with Active Twin Clutch to optimize traction over rough terrain. The safety package aboard the crossover is comprehensive, including Front Pedestrian Braking, surround-vision camera, lane-keeping assist, lane departure warning, and parking assist on both ends.
Inside, a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen with GMC’s IntelliLink system comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. The interior trim is pretty upmarket, with pleasantly tinted upholstery and plastics.
Powering this American AWD crossover is a 3.6-litre V6 rated at 310hp and 367Nm mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Couple with GMC’s Active Fuel Management technology, the Acadia manages to return 8.9kpl on the fuel efficiency front.
The 2019 GMC Acadia starts from AED ????? in the UAE. Here are five alternatives to suit different tastes in the same segment.
Nissan cars have quickly gone on to set themselves as benchmarks in their respective segments. The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder toes the line and sets the bar rather high for three-row crossovers. Seven seats are standard, distributed amongst three rows. You get Tri-Zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, a family entertainment package, and 8-inch QHD screens.
As part of the Nissan Intelligent Mobility Package, the SUV gets Intelligent Cruise Control, 4×4, emergency braking, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, and the usual ABS, traction control, six airbags, and assorted safety systems.
Nissan has equipped the Pathfinder with a 3.5-litre V6 good for 271hp and 340Nm. It is connected to a six-speed automatic gearbox and sends the three-row people carrier past 100kph in 7.6 seconds, before topping out at 240kph.
Ford just gave the Explorer a massive refresh for 2020. Among the biggest changes to the car’s formula was the adoption of a rear-wheel-drive, which the Explorer had ditched in 2011. With a drivetrain that would feel just right for the SUV’s target audience, Ford has gone the extra mile and made the 2019 Explorer more intuitive and versatile than before.
It is loaded to the gills with safety tech like pre-collision warning, automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane assist, automatic headlamps, ABS, traction control, baby-seat ISO-Fix mounts, cruise control, and so on. Additionally, there is no dearth of creature comforts inside the big three-row SUV.
A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 4G LTE Wi-Fi connections for up to 10 devices, FordPass Connect app that allows you to remotely lock, unlock and start the car using a smartphone- some features are very nifty, and unexpected of a crossover of this segment. However, they are welcome additions.
The 2019 Ford Explorer gets a range of engines, of which the V6 is the focus here. The 3.5-litre V6 in the base SE trim outputs 290hp and 346Nm. A ten-speed automatic transmission sends power to the rear wheels.
Honda recently refreshed the Pilot for 2019 at its recent ‘Power of 3’ event in Dubai, where it also unveiled next-gen CR-V and HR-V. The 2019 Honda Pilot now has LED lighting, better infotainment than before, and updated powertrain to meet latest emissions norms around the world.
There is not much to say about the three-row crossover other than that it is a solid, dependable car with typical top-notch build quality Honda is known for. The Japanese automaker did give the design of this SUV a mild makeover, but there is still some time for the next-generation Honda Pilot to arrive.
Safety options are plenty aboard the Pilot, wit Honda throwing in ABS, traction control, parking sensors, and six airbags as standard across trims.
The base EX trim of the Honda Pilot comes with a 3.5-litre V6 that makes 280hp and 355Nm. Paired to a six-speed automatic transmission, it sends power to the front wheels. The 2019 Honda Pilot is capable of a 9.4-second dash to 100kph, and runs out of steam past 175kph.
Chevrolet, like any American car manufacturer, is exceptionally good when it comes to building SUVs. The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse is one of the bowtie’s high-riding offerings in the UAE. It si a refined, capable, spacious package that can ferry as many as seven people in comfort and relative luxury.
Chevrolet has equipped the Traverse with a full suite of safety systems that include ABS, traction control, cruise control, lane assist, hill start assist, cross-traffic alert, blind zone monitor, and a minimum of six airbags across trims. Some trims get up to eight airbags.
Inside, you get an infotainment unit accessed from a colour touchscreen with Apple CarPlay compatibility. No word yet on when Android Auto will be made available.
As is the segment standard, Chevrolet has plonked a V6 under the Traverse’s hood, displacing 3.6 litres and producing 310hp. Twist is rated at 361Nm, quite a lot above its peers. Power is fed through a nine-speed automatic transmission ensuring optimum usage of torque. The 2019 Chevrolet Traverse dashes to the ton in eight seconds and puts 210kph on the speedo at its peak limit.
The last alternative in this list to the GMC Acadia is perhaps one of the most interesting in its segment. The 2019 Dodge Durango is a three-row SUV that thinks it is a muscle car. Aggressive design, sporty interiors, snarling engine, and a chassis capable of handling much more power make the Durango a lively package.
Dodge has made sure the Durango does not scare its maximum of seven passengers to death with a full suite of safety systems. You get 10 airbags, rear parking camera with sensors, TPMS, cruise control, ABS, traction control, hill start assist, electronic roll mitigation, blind spot monitor, electronic stability control, and a clever piece of tech called Rain Brake Support. IT removes water from the brake pads by applying a small amount of pressure to the calipers periodically when it senses water.
The entry-level 2019 Dodge Durango SXT comes with a 3.6-litre V6 good for 290hp and 355hp. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox that sends the SUV rocketing to 197kph of top whack, with 100kph coming up in 7.5 seconds.