• Feb 21, 2011
GMC Granite concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Many moons ago, Motor Trend reported that the funky GMC Granite concept from the 2010 Detroit Auto Show had been given the go for production. Immediately after, however, MT stated that while it strongly believed that the Granite would be produced, the publication had yet to receive an official green light from its sources within General Motors. That changes today, apparently.

Motor Trend is reporting yet again that the Granite has been confirmed for production, even going so far to say that the road-going car will keep the rear-hinged suicide door setup of the concept. This new confirmation reportedly comes from a "well-placed source" within the automaker, who also says that the Granite will be built on the same C-segment platform as the Chevrolet Volt, Cruze and Buick Verano.

When GM debuted the Granite concept, it used the same 138-horsepower 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-four as the Cruze, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. This powerplant would certainly make sense for the production car, though MT suggests that even the automaker's 177-horsepower 2.4-liter four from the Verano would be a good fit. Regardless, we'll wait until GM issues an official statement before we start gearing up for the first drive.



[Source: Motor Trend]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      More GM crap. They will be broke again in no time.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dear GM. God help you if the production vehicle is watered down like the Orlando was.
        • 3 Years Ago
        +1 - GM. Keep the exterior the same, and you've got yourself another buyer (don't botch it like the Orlando). The interior, do what you will.. don't really care for the fancy doors either.. just give me fold down seats, ~3 seater wide in the rear. Dont need the fancy gadgets etc.. just make it functional.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well ! ! ! The American car I have been waiting for.. Perfect size. If GM don't make it too big, & completes it as a nice car, It will be my next. I now drive a Scion xB special release edition.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Small, economical, kinda cool looking, useful. Check.

      Manual trans. Very important check. Sorry, Transit Connect.

      The 2L diesel would be great... I'm not holding my breath... unless I'm standing behind it.

      The problem seems to be the low roof. It doesn't look like it'll fit bikes and gear inside like the Element or Transit Connect...

      Does anybody think there's a market for high-roof conversions for these small CUVs? I'm sure NHTSA wouldn't have a problem with me destroying the rollover integrity of these cars.How much could some clay, plaster, and a chopper gun cost, anyway ?!

      Or maybe RS conversions for the Transit...
      • 3 Years Ago
      GM will unfortunately bastardize the Granite. Proof to support my suspicions can be found in the production version of the Chevrolet Orlando, which I'm will to bet will be the badge-slapped sibling to the Granite.

      Chevrolet Orlando Concept:
      http://www.netcarshow.com/chevrolet/2008-orlando_concept/800x600/wallpaper_01.htm

      Chevrolet Orlando Reality (HHR Redux):
      http://www.netcarshow.com/chevrolet/2012-orlando/800x600/wallpaper_1c.htm
        • 3 Years Ago
        Funny how they (GM) think all they have to do is take a few elements from the cool concept and slap them on an ugly box and then the public is supposed to embrace it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm not a fan of the design itself, but I am happy to see GM stretching their designs into new categories. These niche vehicles tend to have higher profit margins but they usually only stay hot for so long.
      gary65l
      • 11 Months Ago
      Why do they need Chevrolet and GMC? Seems a big waste on GM's part, and another reason we tax payers had to bail them out!
      • 3 Years Ago
      i totally dig this little 2 box design, it would make a great 4 seat city car. i am not sold on the interior and i think the 2.4 would prob be a good volume engine.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Groza said it. Im not gonna hold my breath (And i enjoy what GM is putting out). Picture a parts bin Chevy wheel on the concept interior and you get a very different opinion. What makes the concept nice is the details, and GM has a bad habit of loosing those very quickly on their way to production. Great segment to be in and they got the right ingredients just worried that they will over cook it
      • 3 Years Ago
      So apparently GMC will no longer = truck.

      I guess next they'll decide they need a mid-size sedan under the badge. Then a B segment. Since obviously we need a full line of vehicles here.

      Yay Oldsmobile 4.0, Pontiac 3.0, Saturn 2.0!
        • 3 Years Ago
        I wouldn't be surprised to find that the Granite has considerably more interior room than the old mid-size Celebrity.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Granite *is* GMC's mid-size sedan equivalent.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Damm I love this thing! Can't wait to test drive one!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope that GMC will be offering AWD as well.
        • 3 Years Ago
        +1
        • 3 Years Ago
        GMC Granite with AWD? That'd be awesome. Put a big blower on it and GMC can revive the Typhoon name.

        Then bring out the pickup body and bring back the Syclone!
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