• Jan 6, 2010
GMC Urban Utility Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

"Efficient. Compact. Fashionable."

That's how General Motors sums up its teaser of the GMC Urban Utility Concept before its official reveal next week at the Detroit Auto Show. Although GM Labs doesn't divulge much about the concept, the second teaser and few lines from the site provide a clear indication of what GMC is attempting to produce: a Kia Soul, Nissan Cube and Scion xB competitor.

Like its boxy brethren, GMC is pitching the Urban Utility Concept (previously disclosed as the Chevrolet Orlando-based "Granite") as the mobile home-away-from-home for the modern youth, calling it "a new breed of truck that's as efficient as it is chic, innovative as it is functional." The popularity of the aforementioned four-wheeled refrigerator boxes notwithstanding, does a compact trucklet really fit in with GMC's "Professional Grade" image? Let us know in the comments below.



[Source: GM Labs]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      So this is NOT based on the Orlando??

      Its getting hard to keep track of all the new cars and concepts that GM is putting out... but that's actually a good thing. Means that they are working hard in updating their lineup.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh man that looks wicked from the front. Can't wait to see the whole thing, now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      lovin the front
      • 5 Years Ago
      I say, take that front end and develop it for a car slap the Impalla badge on it riding a CTS RWD chasis and you'll have sales coming in from all fronts. Use the same engine set-up as the Camaro and i'll come right over handing the keys of my G35 ASAP.

      just don't mess too much with the way it looks, swap out some production headlights and leave it as is
      • 5 Years Ago
      How is it that the HHR has not come up in this discussion? Would this not be about that size? Is this not in the same sector as the other vehicles mentioned? Is this the HHR replacement?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I saw a Dodge Nitro today, and imagined that this and the Orlando would be in that same class. I don't see this/Orlando being xB- or Cube-sized.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Never mind. Always look at the pictures, first. If it's that small, the grille (is going to) may look horrendous.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Eh, I have mediocre feelings about this. It could ok but it just doesn't appeal to me.

      In my mind one of the best GMC concepts I have ever seen is the Denali XT concept they debuted a couple of years ago.
      • 5 Years Ago
      GMC is a great brand for stuff like this.

      They don't have to be off-road like Jeep and Land Rover. They don't have to be performance/luxury like BMW and Infiniti. They need to be trucky, but they needn't be hemmed in. I mean, this is the brand that gave us the Sprint and Caballero.

      This seems like a very technical-looking vehicle, with clean, confident styling cues. Not styled to look weird for its own sake.

      I doubt it'll be some Baby Boomer's cartoonish concept of what Gen-Y wants, like the flash-in-the-pan Scions are.

      I'm hoping it'll be a genuinely excellent, handsome, practical compact wagon. No gimmicks. Just goodness. GMC, can you give us under 35-ers that?

      Thank you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Call me crazy, but from that angle it looks like a beefed up Nissan GT-R.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. The headlight is GT-R-ish.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well jeez, I sorta like it. I like how its smaller than the xB, but still has nearly the same headroom, etc. And the wheels fill the wells nicely

      It could work if the price is right...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well the Volt was one of those cars that would've never made it to production in-tact. Other concepts like the Camaro, Invicta/Lacrosse, CTS Coupe etc, fared better. So ya never know.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i agree. this is actually really cool. i just hope GM doesn't do what they usually do with these concepts, which is either nothing at all, or dumb it down to the point of being something completely different than the concept (i.e. Volt)
        • 5 Years Ago
        yup looks fantastic, GM's defiantly doing a few things right.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's waaaay better looking than the xB, even with as little as shown.
      • 5 Years Ago
      From the above angle it looks so angry, and I like that. However, they have a lot of room to make it an epic failure on its profile.
        • 5 Years Ago
        they have a lot of room to make it an epic failure in the production model
        • 5 Years Ago
        @BR: The Cylons mate.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What did they call the robotic bad guys on the old Battlestar Galactica series? That's what it reminds me of anyway.
      • 5 Years Ago
      We can actually see the thing (I was about to write truck...but since it's gonna be a boxy cruze...) in the GM commercial (at the back).

      See the pic here:

      http://img515.imageshack.us/img515/2830/gmcommercialconcepts002.png

        • 5 Years Ago
        Nice catch. From the angle shown in the commercial, it looks boxier. Still nice.
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