Adel Behbehani, Director of Sales at the Mohammed Saleh and Reza Yousuf Behbehani Company addressing the media and senior company representatives prior to unveiling the GMC Acadia 2013. To his right is Bader Al-Houssami and left Jassem Behbehani.
Behbehani unveils GMC Acadia 2013 New exterior styling, greater interior versatility & more safety features

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 3: Mohammed Saleh and Reza Yousuf Behbehani Company unveiled Sunday the new generation of the GMC Acadia 2013, one of the highest selling Cross-Over Vehicles in the country in the presence of the press, media representatives and senior delegates from General Motors Middle East.
Address those present on the occasion, Adel Behbehani, Director of Sales at the company stated, “The GMC Acadia 2013 has undergone a comprehensive transformation in its interior and exterior styling and an engine overhaul to reaffirm its position as the leading cross over utility vehicle. “Almost six years ago in 2007,” he said, “we had launched the first generation of GMC Acadia which met with an overwhelming response and demand in the country.

“The first generation Acadia has achieved unparalleled success within its category and hence here we are today launching the second generation of this amazing vehicle which is completely made in America like its predecessor.” Behbehani added, “We at Behbehani are confident of the success of this new generation of Acadia and we anticipate increasing demand amongst the lovers of this category in Kuwait especially due to the new developments made to its styling and performance. “At the same time,” he said, “our focus has been on enhancing its overall experience. Our main objective as always is to exceed customer expectations when they buy their new vehicle from GMC and we strive hard to achieve the same. “We continue to prioritize our concerns for customers, so as to ensure that our service standards are at par with the superior quality of the vehicle.”

GMC Acadia - the brand’s first crossover - has helped define a segment that has surged in popularity since its 2007 launch. The Denali model, added in mid-2010, has broadened Acadia’s appeal to luxury customers with its combination of functionality and style. For 2013, Acadia and Acadia Denali introduce new exterior styling; greater interior versatility and more safety features, including the industry’s first front center air bag, as well as a new infotainment system with touch-screen controls.  The Acadia lineup includes SLE, SLT (SLT1 and SLT2 trims) and Denali models, with seven- or eight-passenger configurations. All models are powered by a 3.6L V-6 VVT engine that uses gasoline direct injection technology to optimize performance and fuel economy.

The engine is paired with Acadia’s fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmission to help give FWD models an estimated 9.8L/100 km on the highway. The transmission controls have been revised for 2013 to provide quicker and more consistent shifts, for a higher-quality feel behind the wheel. All-wheel drive is available. The Acadia also is capable of towing up to 2,364 kg when properly equipped. Acadia for 2013 retains the interior functionality popular with families, including the SmartSlide seating system, which allows easy access to the third row for both seven- and eight-passenger seating configurations. Likewise, both the second and third row still fold flat for class-leading maximum cargo space.

The exterior of 2013 Acadia features a new chiseled, three-bar grille that sits prominently in a more upright design, while diffused LED running lamps lend a premium look. They are standard on all models, including the standard projector-beam headlamps and fog lamps. A new LED tail lamp design reflects the advancements up front. Additional exterior updates include wrap-around rear glass and a new rear spoiler.  Acadia also introduces new 19- and 20-inch wheel designs that complement the redesigned exterior’s lines and stance. A body-frame integral structure enables lower entry/exit height for Acadia passengers. The front door step-in height is only 480 mm, and the rear door step-in height is 503 mm. Entry to the second- and third-row seats is easy with very wide rear doors and GM’s exclusive Smart Slide second-row seat feature.

The Acadia’s design is sleek and highlighted by chrome accents and large wheels, including 20-inch wheels on Denali models. Halogen projector-beam headlamps are standard on SLE and SLT models, while Acadia Denali comes with standard high-intensity discharge headlamps (available on SLT2). Additional standard and available exterior features include:

The Interior 2013 Acadia features refined interior uses upgraded soft-touch materials, with French stitching that adds a tailored look and red ambient light flowing across the dashboard. SLT and Denali models get aluminum accents on the center console, doors and dash.  The interior also has a car-like “low and away” instrument panel that enhances the feeling of openness in the front-row seats and provides a commanding outward view. The instrument panel and other interior elements feature high-quality, low-gloss materials and tight gap tolerances.

All Acadia models offer three rows of seating that can be configured for seven or eight passengers, regardless of the trim level. The seating configurations include two front bucket seats, a 60/40-split second-row bench (three passengers) or two second-row captain’s chairs (two passengers) and a 60/40-split third-row bench seat. GM’s exclusive Smart Slide feature is standard, allowing quick and easy access to the third-row seating area. The second-row seat cushion flips up while the seatback slides forward, effectively compressing the space occupied by the seat with the pull of a lever. The Smart Slide system also allows the second row to be positioned fore/aft. When adjusted rearward, the second-row seat provides more legroom for taller passengers. When adjusted forward, it provides more storage space or additional legroom for third-row passengers.

Storage space of 682 liters is available behind the third-row seat (with the cargo management system removed). Maximum available storage capability behind the first row of seats is 1,382 L. Acadia Denali also features an exclusive interior acoustic package that makes it the quietest model in the Acadia lineup. Also standard on all Denali models — and all Acadia models — is hill-hold assist braking technology, which applies the brakes for 1.5 seconds when the driver’s foot leaves the brake pedal on inclines of 5 percent or steeper. To avoid unintended acceleration, an enhanced electronic pedal override reduces power to the engine when the brake and accelerator pedals are depressed at the same time.

By: Paul Francis X. Fernandes

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