Holden has finally announced pricing and specifications for the all-new American-made 2019 Arcadia, with a three-tiered line-up and sharpened drive-away pricing from the get-go.
The range kicks off with the base LT 2WD, which is priced from $42,990 drive-away with these current deals, while the range tops out at $67,990 drive-away for the LTZ-V AWD.
Built in Tennessee and badged in its home market as a GMC, the Acadia sports just one engine – a naturally aspirated 3.6-litre V6 similar to that in the ZB Commodore that produces 231kW and 367Nm – which is backed by a nine-speed automatic and the choice of either front- or all-wheel drive across the range.
Holden claims fuel consumption figures of 8.9L/100km for front-drive variants, while all-wheel drive bumps that figure up to 9.3L/100km, with idle start/stop and the active fuel management cylinder deactivation system included to help it achieve those figures.
With the Arcadia being a petrol-only proposition, it leaves room for the Trailblazer as the brand’s diesel-powered seven-seat offering, while pitting the new model up against other petrol-powered offerings, the Mazda CX-9 and Toyota Kluger.
All models come well equipped from he entry-level up, with the base LT including push-button and remote start, automatic halogen headlights, LED taillights, three-zone climate control, heated wing mirrors, privacy glass, and 18-inch alloys, along with manually adjustable cloth-trimmed seats and sliding second-row seats.
Stepping up to the mid-grade LTZ nabs you power-adjustable and heated front row seats and leather upholstery for all three rows, along with rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming mirrors, wireless phone charging, a powered tailgate, front foglights, and a different set of 18-inch alloys.
The range-topping LTZ-V sets itself apart by offering nicer soft-grain leather upholstery, front seat ventilation, seat and mirror positioning memory for the driver, a dual-panel sunroof, an eight-speaker Bose stereo, adaptive cruise control, HID headlights, body-coloured lower body cladding, and larger 20-inch wheels.
The LTZ-V also sports ‘FlexRide’ adaptive dampers, with this suspension setup and the normal configuration for LT and LTZ models having been locally tuned to suit Australian tastes.
Across the board, all models receive an 8.0-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, DAB+ digital radio, and active noise cancellation. The voice control system has also been calibrated to work more cooperatively with Australian accents.
As for safety, the Acadia range comes standard with autonomous emergency braking with cyclist and pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, trailer sway control, and traffic sign recognition across the board.
You’ll also find seven airbags, two ISOFIX and five top-tether child seat mounts, and a reversing camera on the inside, although the LTZ-V bumps that up to a 360-degree camera.
The Acadia range is set to hit showrooms in full scale around mid-November, with only pilot-build cars available for test-drives currently. Any orders placed before November 11 will see customers receive a $1,000 gift card on top of the current drive-away deals.
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