2020 GMC Acadia To Offer Rugged AT4 Variant

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, Automotive Editor - February 20, 2019

GMC is expanding its newest sub-brand.

GMC updated the Acadia sedan for the 2020 model year, adding the AT4 trim to the model for the first time. The 2020 GMC Acadia AT4 gets a host of aesthetic upgrades that give the crossover a more rugged appearance.

At its core, the Acadia AT4 is a more rugged looking version of the otherwise luxurious crossover. The AT4 receives a black chrome-accented grille, unique 17-inch wheels, and rugged all-terrain tires. Twenty-inch wheels are optional. Under the hood is the 3.6-liter V6 engine producing 310 horsepower and 271 pound-feet of torque. A twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system is standard for the trim. Other standard features include a hands-free power liftgate and a high-definition rear-view camera.

Overall changes to the 2020 Acadia are minimal. The 2020 model receives a new grille, front and rear fascias, and new lighting elements. Inside, there’s a redesigned center console with a new head-up display coming later. The Acadia AT4 is the brand's second AT4 model, joining the Sierra that also offers it.

While the Acadia has several competitors in the crowded three-row crossover segment—the Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder, Mazda CX-9, Chevrolet Traverse, and more—few offer a trim that’d compete directly with the Acadia AT4. There’s the Subaru Ascent with all-wheel-drive. However, the new Ford Explorer is coming for 2020 that could give the Acadia AT4 a worthy challenge.

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, Automotive Editor

Anthony Alaniz is an award-winning journalist living in southeast Michigan. His professional writing career spans nearly a decade, ranging from writing for the local newspaper to Autoweek and Motor1. When he's not writing about cars, he covers the horror film genre at Modernhorrors.com.

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