• Jun 29th 2010 at 5:59PM
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When General Motors debuted the GMC Granite concept at this year's Detroit Auto Show, it was a huge hit with both the media and public in attendance. A small hatchback like this would shake up GMC's legacy of only building trucks and crossovers, but it would be a good way to expand the brand's lineup and better establish it as a core part of GM.

Now, the folks at Motor Trend report that the Granite has been given the green light for production, though The General is still in the process of figuring out if it can keep those nifty rear-hinged doors intact. The Granite shares the same architecture as the Chevrolet Orlando which will be produced for other markets and will likely be powered by GM's new 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-four, possibly mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.

It's still unclear when we'll actually see a production version of the Granite concept, but we wouldn't be surprised if a few test mules start popping up outside of GM's proving grounds within the next year. Can a tall Scion xB-like hatch exist under the GMC nameplate? Be sure to give us your opinion in the poll below.

*Update: Motor Trend is now saying that it was a bit premature in reporting that the Granite was a go. While MT still strongly believes it will be produced, it has yet to receive the official green light.

Should General Motors build the GMC Granite?
Definitely, sign me up! 6723 (61.5%)
No, bad idea. 2248 (20.6%)
What's a Granite, and why should I care? 1958 (17.9%)

[Source: Motor Trend]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a Delta based unibody car platform. Not a SUV.

      This market has seen steady growth as people like to have a small Crossover car like vehicle with special styling. They want smaller cars that really can carry larger items.

      The Scion, Soul, Cub and even the out going PT and HHR have sold in great numbers.

      This would compliment GMC line as it will help in CAFE numbers too. This will be a high mileage car that really can carry something.

      I would advise GM to keep as much as they can styling wise but also keep it real. They screwed up the interior of the Camaro as they tried to keep the as close to the show car as they could. They sould have fixed the weak interior and not gone production on it.

      The Doors and interior are not make or brake here. The styling does need to be retained as well as the large wheels.

      GM needs to also keep the cost down on this to compete with others in this class. They can be at the top of it with it well optioned but they can't get too high in price or it will rot on the lots.
      • 5 Years Ago
      There should be a second poll asking if people think GM will ruin every aspect of what makes the Granite concept interesting on its way to production. Ask much as I hate to say it I think they will. :( It won't have that sweet 3 tone interior, which will in all likely hood end up as just solid gray. The interior will be toned down to the point where it is indistinguishable from every car in its class. The exterior will become even flatter and boxier then it is now to make it easier to build cheaply, so exterior styling is will in all likely hood be ruined as well. I really wish they could produce it in a form almost identical to the concept, except those seats, crap do those look uncomfortable!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have only owned German cars in my life. Mercedes, Audi, BMW... but I would 100% buy the Granite if it wood look close to the concept.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Interesting, it simultaneously gives GMC a reason for existing (a model that's not a tarted up Chevy, I mean Chevrolet) and strips the brand of all meaning (professional grade trucks).

      The suicide doors, while novel, are expensive (in order to engineer a structure that can manage a side impact) and have the unfortunate drawback of trapping the exiting occupants between them should you open both of them while parked next to another car. Maybe the rear could be a slider like the old Peugeot 1007, but then people would shriek "it's it a minivan!"

      It's a nifty niche with some potential for GM if price and performance are decent (then again, there are already at least three boxcars already on the market, and from brands younger folk actually think about on occasion), but it just goes to show that even with only four divisions left, GM still doesn't know which one's supposed to be what.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Or they good go with all sliding doors like the 1007. Personally I think its a great idea, makes much more sense in a small parking space then any other design. But since this is a 4 door I think it would be even more interesting if they could make a sort of suicide sliding door for the front, as in it slides forwards for the two front doors and back as normal for the real.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The crossover looks fine. It is marketed towards people in their 20s & 30s who desire a upscale vehicle that is urban. It therefore needs to be spirited to drive. I believe it will compete more with Mini clubman, upcoming Nissan Juke. Since it is a GMC, it should drive like a solid vehicle and a AWD option should definitely be provided. I would expect the base price to be in mid-20s and fuel economy in mid 30s.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I think those numbers will end up transposed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well it was eventual, GMC needed their own Compass/Patriot. So much for the "true" GM truck division - oh wait that ended with the Acadia anyways!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I probably won't buy one, but I hope they make it anyway, because it could lead to other interesting cars. And if there's one thing GM needs, it's exciting products.

      As for it being a GMC, I couldn't care less about ruining the brand's truck image. I've only ever seen GMCs as overpriced Chevy trucks and vans, and I'm sure I'm not alone on that one. If they want to give us a good reason for keeping the brand around, the Granite would be a good start.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Granite concept was not based on the Orlando/Cruze (delta/ global small car) platform but on the same platform as the new Chevy Aveo (gamma), which is a size smaller.


      Maybe this has changed with the canceling of the Chevy Orlando in the U.S., but it would in fact be much larger than the concept.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Meh, I am gonna say no.
      The concept looks totally awesome, but how much of that awesome styling will trickle down to the production version? I have a feeling that it will be a bit boring, especially under the GMC name.
      But please keep the doors. They could actually be quite functional and cool. (but I imagine it would be a bitch to get them past side impact regulations)
      • 5 Years Ago
      the front end looks hideous. just as bad as the terrain. i love the interior. the suicide doors, i could do without them. they're more useful on a car like an ion. if it weren't for the suicide doors on the ion, the lawnmower i bought at the big box store would have been sticking out the trunk. but with those doors, i was able to easily fit it in the car. it looks like with the granite, any bulky items would go in the back, so the suicide doors seem pointless. seeing as how this is a concept, i'm guessing the interior gets watered down and they end up keeping the ugly front end, as is. if that's the case, then i'd just take a scion.
      • 5 Years Ago
      also, there was some discussion, a few weeks ago, about the feasibility of the 'suicide'-doors, which would be a must on a production version...
      so i hope this means that they engineered doors & body that can handle it. great. do it on more models that please.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Of all the vehicles in this segment (xB, Cube, Soul...) I have to say this is by miles the best looking. It would be awesome if they kept the interior, but that looks awfully expensive.
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