GMC introduced its AT4 trim to the latest Acadia.
Tommy recently had a chance to experience the 2020 GMC Acadia first hand, including the model’s first ever AT4 version, a designation reserved for the brand’s most off-road worthy. Brought down from trucks like the new GMC Sierra AT4, the badge means this should be the best version for when the going gets tough. But is it? We run through all the new features of the 2020 GMC Acadia AT4 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming to find out.
While the model has gotten major updates for 2020, one thing that has not changed with the Acadia AT4 is the V-6 powertrain. Here, you still get a 3.6-liter naturally-aspirated V-6 with 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque. That mates up to a nine-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. The Acadia AT4 has a twin-clutch all-wheel drive system which shifts power around wherever its needed for slippery conditions, or it can disconnect the rear axle altogether for better fuel economy. Other models including the Denali do get the option of a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four, which is new to the Acadia for 2020. However, the AT4 only gets the V-6 engine, at least for now.
Apart from the badging, the 2020 GMC Acadia AT4 does offer some aesthetic changes. You get unique 17-inch wheels with somewhat more aggressive all-terrain tires. While those are standard, here we have the optional 20-inch wheels. A black chrome-accented grille adds aims to add a more rugged aesthetic to the Acadia, in line with the brand’s other AT4 models. However, the trim does not offer more ground clearance, locking differentials or other serious off-road kit over the standard all-wheel drive Acadia.
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