• Dec 19, 2009

GMC Granite will share a platform with the 2011 Chevrolet Orlando shown above

It seems as though it's just about impossible to keep an embargo in place these days. A Canadian outlet just spilled the beans on a couple of GM reveals set for Detroit next month. They say they were invited to a sneak preview Wednesday evening and although they couldn't take pics, they felt free to tell us about the whole array of models. Some have been loosely-guarded secrets, but a couple are unknowns, so we'll quote CanadianDriver on those until we get confirmation from GM.

Apparently, The General will have a slew of new model introductions in the D next month, including the much-anticipated Camaro Convertible, the new, upsized Aveo, a substantially-revised Malibu, production versions of the Spark and Orlando, and two models we hadn't heard about until now: A GMC version of the Orlando dubbed the Granite, and a "sport version of the Buick Regal" that should get "many of its performance parts from the 325-hp Opel Insignia OPC." Hot dog, the Regal GS is apparently more than a wet dream. Bring on the Stage 1 and GNX.

The Regal was just introduced in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago, so the announcement of a performance model so soon thereafter seems a little strange -- not that we're complaining, mind you. The Granite is described as an "urban utility vehicle" and will be the smallest model in GMC's history. A Denali edition can only be around the corner. We'll get you more details as they are released and we'll be sure to have the whole field covered when the Big Top opens at Cobo in January.





[Source: CandianDriver]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      the orlando should have been killed in the first place and designer should be fired. what a blunt junky design, another Aztek. I don't understand why all GM cars have that stupid forward leaning stance, such as the SRX, the G6, as if the rear end was jacked up.
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 5 Years Ago
        What are you smoking? There's never been a Nissan that looks like a white brick with a bunch of needless creases, or wheels that look that disgusting, or horrible door handles.

        The Orlando is in a class by itself. With a dunce cap on.
        • 5 Years Ago
        invisiblepigeon3, Have you seen the Nissan Cube? Can a car get any uglier than that? The answer is no.
        • 5 Years Ago
        In my opinion, this is the nicest design i've seen from general motors since the corvette.
        I agree that the aztek was horrible but.. the thing practically looks like a mix of nissan/infiniti.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Question: Where's the evidence showing that the upcoming GMC Granite is the "smallest model in GMC's history"?

      I ask because a 4-cylinder short-cab short-box S-15 pickup from the early 1980's is a darn small vehicle - the earliest models could be equipped with a 1.9L 4-cylinder Izuzu engine making 83hp. Regular-cab, short-box trucks were as short as 170.3" long on a 108.3" wheelbase, with a 65.4" width and 64.1" height. Base curb weight was between 3000-3100 lbs.

      Consumer Guide published the following preliminary specs for the 2011 Orlando:
      Wheelbase: 108.6 inches
      Length: 176.0 inches
      Width: 70.0 inches
      Height: 65.0 inches
      Base curb weight: 3,450 pounds

      So far, I don't see any figures that back the assertion that the Granite is the "smallest" model in GMC history.
        • 5 Years Ago
        OK... I'm surprised and slightly impressed (and that takes a lot having owned a dreadful 2003 GMC Sonoma, and swearing I'd never own another domestic, period).

        It's nice looking, reasonably sized (the Mazda5 is about 5 inches longer, otherwise they are pretty close to identically sized). It seems like GM has finally figured out how to make a 4-banger that's reasonably powerful and frugal. It looks like a nice vehicle.

        But Orlando... WTF. Orlando is a pit. It's an ugly, garish place with toll-booths every quarter-mile on it's highways. It would've remained cheap, undesirable swampland if Walt Disney hadn't chosen it (likely because it was cheap) to build his grand creation. I'm pretty sure Orlando is Spanish for Anaheim.

        Do you really want to name a vehicle after something garish, ugly, unpleasant, that sucks money from your pockets as you roll down the road?
        • 5 Years Ago
        not to mention that the Caballero and Sprint were hardly huge vehicles. i'd have to imagine they have considerably less interior room / cargo capacity / weight than something based on the Orlando.

        though i haven't seen an Orlando in person... so maybe it is considerably smaller than i am thinking it is.
        • 5 Years Ago
        1983 GMC S-15:
        108.3" swb/117.9" lwb
        178.2" overall length (swb)/194.1" overall length (lwb)
        This is according to Standard Catalog of American Light-Duty Trucks. Not sure where you're getting the 170" figure.

        1983 GMC Caballero:
        117.1" wheelbase
        201.6" overall length

        1976 GMC Sprint:
        116" wheelbase
        213.3" overall length

        1972 GMC Sprint:
        116" wheelbase
        206.8" overall length

        So yeah, if the Granite (which I think is a silly name) is the same length as the Orlando, it'll be the smallest GMC of the postwar era, at least.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Orlando? What a name. The song and dance may clear up the product vision.

      Orlando, Orlando, you make heart go Pound-O (high kick from the dancers)

      I want to drive a Around-O in my little Orlando (a little waltz from Whitacre and Docherty around the Orlando here)

      Help us pay our loan and drive a Chevy home (bring it home with a Big Broadway finish)

      Applause.........
      invisiblepigeon3
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's Hanks?
      • 5 Years Ago
      GM is launching great cars now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The names are stupid, can't they call them the GMC Safari and Chevrolet Astro like the previous ones? They sound better....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ha, its funny you pick on the Astro and Safari. I still see them running around, AT&T has quite a fleet of them, here as they took them over from Bellsouth when they bought them out. I'm guessing they'd have to have at least 300K on all of them, probably getting close to a million miles on some.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Right, because everyone wants a new Astro or Safari...the badly made over-the-hill S10-based vans that performed poorly in crashes. Yeah, new GM wants their vehicles associated with old GM vehicles that are emblematic of their past failures.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, it may have done fine as a commercial vehicle, but I wouldn't necessarily want to use its name to make a 7-seat C-segment crossover for retail customers.

        And by "failure", I meant that it was constructed badly, was not terribly reliable, ran 21 seasons with very few changes, and got very poor crash scores.
        • 5 Years Ago
        GM should make a new Chevy Astro / GMC Safari, but market and sell them as commercial only. I think there isn't a florist alive who wouldn't kill to for those minivans to go back into production!
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Astro wasn't a failure. I do agree it was in general badly made.

        The Astro, to be honest, was a great vehicle for companies that needed a small vehicle to haul stuff. It was the locksmith/florists vehicle that people say the Transit Connect is. It made 17/23 in 1990 using a 4-speed transmission.

        It was a good commercial vehicle, but it was a bad passenger minivan, the first of many bad passenger minivans GM was to make before finally giving up on the minivan market completely.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Beautiful cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Granite is also SOLID which is a good thing for a car to be.
        • 5 Years Ago
        not just heavy... but gives off a pretty significant amount of natural radiation due to high uranium content. which of course decays into radon... a big cause of cancer.
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 5 Years Ago
        Names created in focus groups. Granite is extremely heavy. Is that a connotation you want associated with a car?
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 5 Years Ago
        So, it is an appropriate name for it then LOL
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like that Orlando - much better than the HHR, and an OPC-based Regal sounds great. Buick's average age bracket will continue to drop.
        • 5 Years Ago
        A Buick-ized OPC would be great, but notice the carefully worded language: a "sport version of the Buick Regal" that should get "MANY of its performance parts from the 325-hp Opel Insignia OPC."

        We'll see soon enough exactly what that means. Hope it has 325 hp or more, but I wouldn't get too excited yet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yay for Regal OPC/VXR(even if it is possibly a little less performance)

      Boo for further diluting the truckiness of GMC, and yes I saw it coming a mile away, but I still don't like it. Actually it isn't so much that, just that they insist on still giving them tough names like Terrain and Granite...I mean really...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I didn't count, I just kept seeing your name pop up in the comment section as I was reading down. So I put down some random number.

      In fact my only reason to come back now was to see if you posted a smarmy comment in response, which shocking, you did.

      What I love about the Internet is that haters are 100% predictable kind of like 8 year old children are in an argument.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So where does this Orlando fit with the Equinox and the Terrain in play?
        • 5 Years Ago
        small, medium and large.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You guys missed the Suburban for extra-large.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What's interesting is people give GM flak for Chevy / GMC / Buick versions, but they don't give the imports flak for the Toyota / Lexus, Honda / Acura, Kia / Hundai, VW / Audi / Porsche twinning?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ah shut up cry baby. Get some new material.
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're talking to GM right? Those "new" cars look dated if they'd been released in 1994
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nah, that was meant for you. Have'nt you got some sludge to clean or a gas pedal to fix?
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