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    GMC Acadia AT4 Gets Priced

      ...close to an SLT...

    The GMC Acadia AT4 pricing has been released and it will start at $42,495, just $500 more than an SLT with all-wheel drive.  The next jump up is a big one, an astounding $7,000 more to get into an Acadia Denali.

    The AT4 has some advantages over the SLT and Denali.  First, it comes with AWD standard, and second and most importantly, it comes with a much more powerful engine as standard.  Both the SLT and Denali get the 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder rated for 230 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The AT4 however, gets the 310 horsepower 271 lb-ft V6. In addition to the extra hardware, the AT4 comes with black chrome on the grille, special wheels, and all-terrain tires.  The base model still has to suffer with a 2.5 liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder making just 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque. 

    With the AT4 model being just a $500 increase over the SLT-1, and since it comes standard with the much more powerful V6, we thing GMC will sell a lot of the AT4 trim.

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    Chrome trim came out in 1926, if I recall correctly, and monochromatic treatments in the early 70s. I don’t think linking automotive aesthetic treatments to age generations holds much water.

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    1 minute ago, balthazar said:

    Chrome trim came out in 1926, if I recall correctly, and monochromatic treatments in the early 70s. I don’t think linking automotive aesthetic treatments to age generations holds much water.

    Probably not to auto enthusiast that cover the whole auto industry history, but to the current kids to people in their 50's. Chromed out Blinged out auto's was a Baby Boomer thing.

    From my 78 and 76 year old mom and dad to their friends, they all reference chrome as being their generation, the baby boomers. These are your average Joe's and as such do not see the history, just what they had as a focus point to their life and how younger people see it today.

    Heck, so many 30 somethings to 50's refer to the Chromed out look as such a Baby Boomer thing. Clearly they do not see the history of the auto industry just that generation and that for the most part, the autos of that era were all chromed / Blinged out.

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    1 hour ago, balthazar said:

    Chrome trim came out in 1926, if I recall correctly, and monochromatic treatments in the early 70s. I don’t think linking automotive aesthetic treatments to age generations holds much water.

    Bingo..it has nothing to do with Baby Boomers, been around long before that.  I like a tasteful use of chrome trim, instead of the current faddish black out treatments....too many white SUVs w/ black wheels and trim--when will that fad end?   Likewise with carbon fiber visible on anything but a race car...carbon fiber is hideous looking, IMO.   Along with the stupid matte finish wraps...another dumb fad of this era.   I associate the black out and matte finish looks with Millennials, but i realize the appeal of it spans generations.

    I do like actual monochromatic (everything body color) trim treatments of the late 80s and 90s, but only in that context--wouldn't look good today, IMO.   Just like fins and wide whitewalls--only appropriate in the late 50s-early 60s.   Context-specific usage. 

     

    1 hour ago, dfelt said:

     From my 78 and 76 year old mom and dad to their friends, they all reference chrome as being their generation, the baby boomers.  

    Keep in mind 78 and 76 aren't Baby Boomers--they are of the generation before that.  (Baby Boomers are 1946-1964). 

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    28 minutes ago, riviera74 said:

    Would you rather have an Acadia Denali?

    I'd rather this but with anything that actually makes it even remotely more off-roady. AT tires can probably be fitted to a Denali. 

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    14 minutes ago, balthazar said:

    Chrome trim came out in 1926, if I recall correctly, and monochromatic treatments in the early 70s. I don’t think linking automotive aesthetic treatments to age generations holds much water.

    It's probably just alternating generations because the youths will always want something different than their parents so it likely goes back and forth.

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    7 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

    Bingo..it has nothing to do with Baby Boomers, been around long before that.  I like a tasteful use chrome trim, instead of the current faddish black out treatments....too many white SUVs w/ black wheels and trim--when will that fad end?   Likewise with carbon fiber visible on anything but a race car...carbon fiber is hideous looking, IMO.   Along with the stupid matte finish wraps...another dumb fad of this era.   I associate the black out and matte finish looks with Millennials, but i realize it spans generations.

    I do like actual monochromatic (everything body color) trim treatments of the late 80s and 90s, but only in that context--wouldn't look good today, IMO.   Just like fins and wide whitewalls--only appropriate in the late 50s-early 60s.   Context-specific usage. 

     

    Keep in mind 78 and 76 aren't Baby Boomers--they are of the generation before that.  (Baby Boomers are 1946-1964). 

    I actually have liked the Cadillac's that came OEM with Matte paint jobs, looked nice. I have also seen many various modern current autos with the monochromatic look and that is far better than the Denali chrome everything look to me.

    Right, so my parents are at the tail end of the Silent Generation or Traditionalist and yet they associate themselves with the baby boomers.

    Lucky you can have all the chrome you want, I will go black chrome which looks sharp or mono as my preference for an auto look.

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    ...my parents are at the tail end of the Silent Generation or Traditionalist and yet they associate themselves with the baby boomers.

    But… they're wrong.

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    This is probably the only configuration I would buy of the Acadia.  Buying a denali and having to pay extra to get the V6, especially after a $7k markup just rubs me the wrong way. But $43k buys a nice Grand Cherokee and I'd rather have that over the GMC. 

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    9 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    But $43k buys a nice Grand Cherokee and I'd rather have that over the GMC. 

    It would be very difficult not to buy a Grand Cherokee at this price/size range.

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    4 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    It would be very difficult not to buy a Grand Cherokee at this price/size range.

    $44k gets you a GC Trailhawk and that has a lot more off-road capability than an Acadia AT4.

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    7 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    $44k gets you a GC Trailhawk and that has a lot more off-road capability than an Acadia AT4.

    And a couple grand more you get V8 noises. 

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    In fairness to the Acadia vs the GC it has a third row seating for those that would need it occasionally.  I think the front end is an improvement and like the "blacked out" trim.

     

     

     

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    3 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

    I would never consider the Acadia or other GM CUVs because of the lowly FWD/transverse engine platform.  If they made a 2 row SUV on a proper platform I'd consider one.

    Your next GC is going to be on the Giorgio platform. 

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    3 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    Your next GC is going to be on the Giorgio platform. 

    Yes, which is fine; it is a RWD/longitudinal engine platform, not vile FWD/transverse.     Will be interesting to see how the 2021 turns out.   But I'm probably looking at getting a '19 or '20 Summit or Overland CPO for my next one...stick w/ WK2 for a while.

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    Just now, dfelt said:

    Lovely more Italian garbage failure then. Sad! ?

    Hopefully not, I'm assuming all the engineering is being done in Detroit... probably not much carried over from the Stelvio, considering it will considerably larger..

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    4 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

    Hopefully not, I'm assuming all the engineering is being done in Detroit... probably not much carried over from the Stelvio, considering it will considerably larger..

    I am hoping so too, yet also reality of how poorly the Italian autos are built.

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    Just now, dfelt said:

    I am hoping so too, yet also reality of how poorly the Italian autos are built.

    I definitely wouldn't buy one in the first 2-3 years of production.   I'd rather get another WK2.

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Everything was nicely crafted.  Linear gauges for fuel and temperature seem to be the thing these days and, although nice, it would be easier if they indicated critical zones in orange and/or red.  The audio quality appeared to be good.  Also, setting up Bluetooth and keeping Android Auto going seemed easy. The console, which opens lengthwise in the middle, is both unusual and large.  The air conditioning works quickly.  In concert with liking the volumes of the dashboard, the number and placement of vents worked well to distribute the cool air.  Ahead of the console are two ergonomically placed cupholders and all the switches for key operating functions ahead of them reflect quality workmanship and are easy to operate. These would include the pushbutton engine start button, the transmission lever, the drive mode selector, and the parking brake.  That said, I found operating some of these features on a rented (and reviewed) BMW Series II Gran Coupe less intuitive.  In general, I liked everything about day in-day out living in this C5 more than in the fussier BMW Gran Coupe.  However, with its lower framework and Germanic underpinnings, the BMW really shone for its roadability and the sense of control it offered. The C5’s silhouette is not that captivating.  However, they work around the “chunkiness” and this can be seen from the interior.  I was surprised at how good rear visibility is.  The seating position is high and commanding relative to the road.  In tight spaces, the tabletop look of the hood ahead of the windshield doesn’t have clearly defined ridges and is harder to work with.  It appears wide for the genre.  Thankfully, the parking assist feature and other traffic sensors were fairly sensitive. I asked a friend who likes cars and rents them often in Europe what he thought of the major French brands.  He ranked them as follows: Citroen, Peugeot, and then Renault.  This vehicle speaks well to the Citroen brand and also aligned with what I’ve experienced among these brands. For a person with a little extra money and who needs the space, a supple ride, and its “thickness” all the way around, the Citroen C5 is a good choice.  On a few occasions, its vagueness annoyed me, but that wasn’t too often.  It was challenging to operate on a few narrower Sicilian streets and alleys, but that would apply to narrow streets and parking lots anywhere.  For some, this C5 could check most, if not all, of the boxes. - - - - - PHOTOS FORTHCOMING
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