DUBAI – Today, across the auto industry, the GMC Acadia midsize crossover is known for flexibility, accommodating space, and the functionality that illustrates the brand’s Commands Respect philosophy. The 2015 model builds on those key attributes with higher levels of luxury, style, and more importantly, safety.

The 2015 Acadia continues a tradition of offering the latest in safety developments. Its models’ crash-avoidance systems employ a high-resolution camera mounted on the windshield to determine if the driver is too close to vehicles ahead. In parallel, there are visual signals and audible alarms to warn the driver of a possible collision. Sensors also can detect if the vehicle is changing lanes without a turn signal to give the driver time to correct.

Side blind zone alert and cross traffic alert are standard on Acadia Denali and SLT-2. They match smart engineering with driver-centric safety, using radar to help watch where drivers might not see. When a vehicle enters the blind zone or approaches in cross-traffic, the systems warn of a possible collision.

Acadia is the leader with the segment’s first Front Center Air Bag; this feature deploys from the inboard side of the driver’s seat and inflates between the driver and front passenger, providing added protection for both front occupants in side-impact crashes.

The fact is, the Front Center Air Bag is part of a 360-degree safety system that helps protect passengers before, during and after a crash, including anchor pretensioners for outboard occupants and pelvic-thorax seat-mounted side air bags. The structure is reinforced in numerous areas with high-strength steel, including a stiff steel cross-car beam welded across the floor between the B-pillars.

It also uses dual-phase steel in select areas, such as the lower engine compartment rails. Dual-phase steel is strengthened in the paint oven and offers easier formability, reduced mass, greater strength and better crash energy absorption than most high-strength steels.