Whistler, August 31, 2016 – When your very first automobile was a GMC Jimmy 4X4, you develop a soft spot for the brand. God bless the Jimmy’s tinted windows and fold-down back seats. They called it a mobile motel for a reason. Good times.
Last week GMC invited a select group of automotive and lifestyle journalists for a 2017 GMC Acadia Adventure. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of Whistler, British Columbia this was a chance for us to become better acquainted with the new reimagined crossover. The redesigned family adventure vehicle has shed 700lbs and lost a few inches resulting in improved fuel economy and better maneuverability, with maximum passenger capacity (seats seven).
The 3.6L V6 engine delivers 310hp at 272lbs of torque with 9.3L/100km on the highway (FWD mode). If you’re a real stickler for fuel economy and willing to give up over 100hp, you may want to check out the 2.5L V4. For those looking for optimal performance, style and towing capability the 2017 GMC Acadia Denali AWD ($CAD 54,695) is the way to go. It’s the right sized premium family crossover SUV designed to offer great versatility and refinement, with advanced safety technologies.
The uninterrupted lines are sleeker and the body more muscular than earlier editions. Denali design highlights include the iconic Denali grille and use of authentic materials throughout including French-stitched leather, real wood trim and brushed aluminum accents. The 20″ six-spoke aluminum wheels, chrome exhaust, interior lighting accents and active noise cancellation make for a premium SUV experience.
So many new features for 2017, that it’s easy to lose track after a day of grinding it out on mountain bike and ATV trails in the Canadian Rockies. The new Traction Mode Selector may be my favourite new feature in that it allows you to adjust vehicle performance on the fly (FWD/AWD/Sport/Off-Road/Tow). The technology is impressive with GMC offering the OnStar® 4G LTE with Wi-Fi® hotspot technology, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto through the GMC IntelliLink system, and the myGMC mobile app. The rear seat reminder is great because who wants to forget their laptop, kid or pet in the back of the car?
The 2017 Acadia Denali offers a comprehensive suite of Driver Alert and active safety technologies that rely on a sophisticated network of cameras, radar, and ultrasonic sensors to help prepare you for the unexpected. This reinforces GMC’s prevent, protect, respond comprehensive continuous safety philosophy. Seriously, there are way too many to list but check out GMC for more information. With the new Acadia Denali, GMC has found a way to please mom, dad and the kids.
GMC Acadia Adventure – Whistler, British Columbia
Photography gear for the Acadia Adventure in Whistler, BC was provided by Nikon Canada. The Nikon D4S ($USD 6,499.95/$CAD 7,149.95) fast focus, superior low-light ability, long battery life, and ruggedness make it the perfect go-to camera for every situation. The lowlight capability especially came shinning through in a few of the night photos. The Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8 ED is my go to lens, versatile and ideal for most situations. However on this trip I spent a lot of time with the AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED ($USD 1,899.95/$CAD 2,469.95) wide angled lens. This lens was ideal for capturing the expansive landscape of Whistler with minimal distortion. Ideal for tight spaces like the interior of a vehicle or rooms in a house, using it in landscape and product photography helps create more drama in the photo. Very happy with the overall results, especially considering no flash or strobes were used. It’s a real testament to the camera’s low-light capability and the superior quality of the Nikkor lenses.
Slide Show Photos: Rich Glass for GMC
Embedded Photos: Spiro Mandylor, spiro.ca, Nikon D4S, Nikon Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8 ED, Nikkor AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
Apparel Provided By: Columbia Sportswear (Shoes/Pants) and Helly Hansen (Jacket)
Accommodations: The Brew Creek Centre