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GM moves 2017 GMC Acadia moves production to TN

Posted: 11:51 AM, Jan 12, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-12 11:51:37-05

The much talked about 2017 GMC Acadia makes its big debut at the Detroit Auto Show today.

The Acadia is smaller than the current models on the road right now, and is 700 pounds lighter.

General Motors say the sporty smaller midsize SUV will make it easier for drivers to navigate, and park.

The new Acadia is flashy with a combination of the latest design and technology.

It can either seat 5 or 7 passengers depending on which model you buy, it also includes LED lighting, new grilles and wi-fi.

Safety upgrades are big on this SUV, it has three kinds of braking systems, surround vision cameras, a safety alert seat, lane assist, and a following distance indicator.

The 2017 Acadia also gets better gas mileage. GM estimates 28 miles per gallon on the highway, and 22 miles per gallon in the city. The current models average about 24 miles per gallon on the highway and 17 in the city.

Because this is a brand new design, the new Acadia will not be made at the Delta Township plant.

GM confirmed to the Detroit News it will be moving production of the SUV from Lansing to its Spring Hill Assembly plant in Tennessee.

No word on what that will mean for Delta Township employees, if some of them will be relocated.

It's predicted the new SUV will help boost sales by at least 10 percent.