Re: Rumors: Next Gen Acadia Cut
There's only one of them that needs to go away, that's the Outlook. The Acadia is about as identical as you can get, the others have unique style. The point is that each Lambda has, for the most part, different buyers, with some overlap (me included). True, I looked at both the Acadia and the Enclave, but most will only go for one of the 3 (or 4) versions. Generalizing here: The Traverse appeals to mini-van buyers that want cheap transportation for 7 or 8 people, and entry level SUV buyers who don't want Tahoes anymore. Outlook appeals to import buyers who are trying to do the right thing by buying American, or for those who really still believe Saturn is different than the rest of GM. Enclave appeals more to car buyers (that's me), and uplevel luxury buyers who've mainly bought imports, cars or crossovers, but now see a GM design they like. And, Acadia buyers are more traditional SUV buyers, those who want more than entry level, who want rugged looks, and a brand that has stood for that all along. Again, not everyone will fit into these categories, but still can buy any of them and acheive mostly the same thing. Another thing, I think the Lambdas would fail if they had the same exact options and packaging. Similar, yes, but they all have different ways to get the options, and it's not as easy as just picking one of them, it takes time researching which one fits the buyer perfectly. We wanted cloth, but also wanted some of the other options like power liftgate, auto climate, power seats, DIC, leather wrapped steering wheel, and with the Acadia we needed to go up to leather seats, and SLT for all that, which the price actually was higher. (on the 2010's, it appears that some of that can be had now on the SLE) Here's the thing, if Enclave went away, and Acadia stayed, I'd get the Acadia....not that much different. I don't think I'd get the Traverse, for various reasons, but if they came out with a Cadillac, that would be beyond my price point, so I wouldn't get it. In fact, the new Enclaves for 2010 have a higher price tag, and it's starting to go beyond what we would want.
2009 Enclave CX FWD, silver green with ebony cloth, driver's confidence pkg, tow pkg, 8-passenger seating.