2013 GMC Acadia SLT

The 2013 GMC Acadia was unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show last week, sporting a refreshed exterior, upgraded interior materials and new safety technology.

The 2013 Acadia will offer an optional front center airbag system. GMC says in a statement that the center airbag is “created to protect drivers and front passengers in far-side impact crashes where the affected occupant is on the opposite, non-struck side of the vehicle. It deploys from the inboard side of the driver’s seat and positions itself between the driver and front passenger.”

GM’s front center airbag was introduced in September and will also be offered in the 2013 Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert systems are standard on 2013 Acadia Denali models and optional on all other Acadia models.

2013 Acadia Denali

The Acadia’s refreshed look includes a new grille and LED running lights. “The first noticeable difference between the present GMC Acadia and the 2013 model is its new upright front-end design and chiseled, three-bar grille,” Truck Trend reports.

The three-row Acadia crossover SUV seats up to eight and comes standard with features like OnStar turn-by-turn navigation and a rearview camera. “Interior updates include more soft-touch plastic, French stitching and red dashboard lighting,” Kicking Tires reports.

2013 GMC Acadia Denali

For 2013, the Acadia will get an updated six-speed automatic transmission that GMC says has better shift response and improved drivability. The 2013 GMC Acadia has a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. All trim levels of the 2013 Acadia have standard front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available. The 2013 Acadia can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

If you’re in the market for a midsize SUV and the GMC Acadia is on your short list, you may want to wait for the 2013 model to go on sale in late 2012. GMC hasn’t announced pricing for the 2013 Acadia yet, but the 2012 model starts at $32,685.

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