The new crossover from GM will get its right-hand drive version which will be sold in Australia starting from the next year, as 2018 Holden Acadia. Holden lovers will finally get their competitor in the segment dominated by Japanese crossovers. Simply, the outgoing Captiva has been outdated for some time and it definitely wasn’t able to compete with models from renowned Japanese brands. So, things are finally going to change.
The new crossover will come directly from North America and it will be a highly capable competitor. It will be pretty much the same vehicle as GMC Acadia, although Holden is going to make some smaller tweaks. We are about to see few visual changes, new suspension, and several other mechanical modifications. On the other side, details about powertrain are still unknown. The new 2018 Acadia is about to come to Australia somewhere in the middle of the next year.
2018 Holden Acadia redesign
As we already mentioned, the new crossover will be pretty close to the Acadia from GMC. Moreover, these two crossovers will feature pretty much the same characteristics both in visual aspect and in terms of mechanics. The new 2018 Holden Acadia will be also built in Tennessee, and it will be the only right-hand drive version of the of the GM’s new crossover. Just like pretty much all models in this class, this one will also feature two rows of seats in the base version, while a seven-passenger version will be optional. Compared to the model that wears a GMC badge, it will come with few new visual details, but the overall shape will remain the same. Latest reports also suggest some mechanical modifications.
2018 Holden Acadia will get a new suspension?
According to our reliable source, the Australian Acadia will suffer some localization modification. As we already mentioned, the new model will come from Tennessee and will be for about 80-percent complete. Additional modifications Holden will make in Australia. The biggest change compared to the North American model will be a new version of Mac strut/five-link suspension, as well as a new electric-assist power steering.
Further modifications will be in terms of styling. The 2018 Holden Acadia will come with a new grille. This will be the biggest visual change, but some other tweaks are also possible. Inside, we expect the same base cabin design, although the Australian Acadia will come with a quite different list of standard and optional features. Finally, we expect to see some engine calibration.
2018 Holden Acadia engines
The exact engine lineup is still unknown, but we can presume that there won’t be same engines in the offer for these two markets. The North American model comes with two gasoline engines in the offer. Those are 3.6-liter V6 and 2.5-liter four-cylinder units. The later one probably won’t come to Australia, while the 3.6-liter unit probably will. This engine is good for about 310 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. It comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission. It comes in both FWD and AWD versions and returns around 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on a highway. We expect same specs for the 2018 Holden Acadia. Also, we expect to see a version with a diesel engine as well.
2018 Holden Acadia release date and price
After many years, Holden will finally get a competitive model in the segment of family crossover. However, competition is pretty tough. This segment is full of Japanese SUVs like Toyota Kluger, Nissan Pathfinder, and Mazda CX-9, but there are also strong competitors from Korea, Kia Sorento, and Hyundai Santa Fe.
We expect new 2018 Holden Acadia to hit the market somewhere in the middle of next year. Exact numbers in terms of price are yet to come. The GMC model starts around 30.000 USD, which is slightly under 40.000 Australian dollars.