AC ADIA PROMISES PREMIUM SUV MOTORING WITH AN A MERICAN ANGLE Holden has unveiled an all-new large seven-seat SUV, in the form of the American-assembled Acadia. Having arrived in time for family summer motoring, the Holden Acadia is available in New Zealand in six different grades and with a mix of front- and all-wheel drive. Peak power from the 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine is 231kW and there is 367Nm of torque available. The SUV features a nine-speed automatic transmission. Tailor made for utility, the seven-seater Acadia’s second seating row adjusts front to rear allowing flexible leg room for all and maximum usability of the spacious third row. Both rows of rear seats fold flat for extra cargo capacity. The SUV’s interior design also incorporates clever storage solutions integrated throughout, including a console drawer for second row passengers and a covered under-floor bin in the back where items can be stowed out of sight. The Acadia can help keep passengers entertained with an 8-inch Holden next generation Infotainment touch-screen featuring 24 66 MagAzine SUMMER 2018 integrated Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and 2.1-amp fast charge USB ports in all three rows; perfect for recharging tablets and smartphones on the move. Designed for family motoring, the Acadia will also set a benchmark for standard safety systems, with a variety of high-tech features included. Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian and bicycle detection, Automatic High Beam Assist and a haptic Safety Seat Alert are standard. Similarly, Forward Collision Alert with Head-Up Warning, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Side Blind Zone Alert with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and a Rear-View Camera feature in every Acadia, from the entry LT 2WD to the range-topping LTZ-V AWD. “The new Acadia offers the latest technology, a full suite of safety features, local tuning for New Zealand roads as well as the luxury of space, combined with versatile interior configurations,” says Holden New Zealand Managing Director, Marc Ebolo. “Furthermore, it represents an extremely compelling value proposition as it’s available from only $49,990.” Another big selling-point for Holden is the Acadia’s prowess as an effective tow vehicle. The SUV offers a Hitch Guidance with Hitch View system, helping the driver line the vehicle up when hitching a trailer. The same system can even let the driver check on the coupling when on the move, thanks to the Rear View Camera. The transmission’s carefully calibrated ‘Tow Haul’ mode makes it easier to use the Acadia’s 2000kg braked towing capacity more efficiently, altering gear shift patterns while towing to aid drivability, performance and stability. The Holden Acadia range is on sale now, with recommended retail pricing starting at $49,990 + ORCs.