Chicago, Illinois – GMC has unveiled the new 2013 Acadia and Acadia Denali at the Chicago Auto Show, featuring a new exterior and the industry’s first front centre airbag.

The Acadia was launched in 2007 as GMC’s first crossover, with the upper-line Denali added in mid-2010.

Acadia retains its three rows of seats, including the SmartSlide seating system that allows easy access to the third row for both seven- and eight-passenger seating configurations, and the second and third row still fold flat.

Exterior changes include a new grille, standard LED running lights, new tail lamps, wraparound rear glass and new rear spoiler.

The redesigned model will be the first vehicle on the market with GMC’s new front centre airbag system, which protects drivers and front passengers in far-side impact crashes where the affected occupant is on the side of the vehicle away from the impact. It deploys from the inboard side of the driver’s seat and positions itself between the driver and front passenger.

“While no restraint technology can address all body regions or all potential injuries, the front centre airbag is designed to work with the vehicle’s other airbags and safety belts to collectively deliver an even more comprehensive occupant restraint system,” said Gay Kent, GM executive director of vehicle safety and crashworthiness.

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