The carmaker wants to plug a gap in its lineup.
Recently, we got to check out the 2020 Arcadia while in Wyoming experiencing the new Sierra trucks, and we liked it a lot. The second-generation Acadia is a mid-size crossover SUV that you can option with a tight third row. If you want a larger luxury vehicle than that right now from GMC, you're looking at the enormous full-size Yukon SUV. There's not much you can't fit in terms of people and gear with a Yukon but, for day-to-day life, we can understand people finding it on the unwieldy side for their lifestyle or environment. Between the two vehicles, there is a full-size crossover gap to fill and, according to GM Authority, GMC is actively considering filling it.
According to its sources "familiar with future GMC vehicle and product plans," the automaker is considering adding a full-size, three-row crossover to its lineup. As the website points out, the last time GMC had a full-size crossover it was the first generation Acadia. The second-generation Acadia became slimmer and shorter to drop into the mid-size segment when it came out in 2017. That left GMC with no full-size crossover anymore, and a bunch of people that loved their first-generation Acadia having to look elsewhere when it was time to get into a new model.
While shrinking the Acadia made absolute sense in order to open it up to a wider audience, that's a hole GMC can't like having. After all, the automaker's reputation is built on larger premium vehicles and not having a full-size crossover is leaving money on the table at this point. While crossover sales are still riding high, GMC would probably do well to get one to market as quickly as possible but without rushing.