It might have been a worthy successor to the Pontiac Vibe – a stylish, youth-marketed crossover – but alas, the GMC Granite may never come to be. Jim Federico, GM's small car exec, told Automotive News that the Granite concept from the 2010 Detroit auto show isn't headed into production.

Granite was rumored to be green-lighted for production, and would have been based on the Chevrolet Cruze platform, to compete with vehicles like the Scion xB and Kia Soul. We liked the concept when we saw it in 2010, but felt that the Granite was perhaps a bad match for GMC, given its small size.

While AN says Federico offered no further details, we imagine GM figures the forthcoming Buick Encore crossover probably doesn't need the competition in Buick/GMC showrooms.


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      FRENZIED
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Granite is an incredible concept. It is beautiful and useful. I don't care who makes it. I was looking forward to this car with great anticipation. It was worthy of desire. Now there's nothing from GM. The Encore doesn't cut it. What a tragedy it is that GM killed it.
      AP1_S2K
      • 2 Years Ago
      i LOVE this design. Too bad it never made it past concept vehicle.
      Making11s
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's a shame. This would have been a great way to get people in to showrooms. Many people I talk to don't know GMC is still around.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sad. Would have given GMC a unique vehicle that is not a rebadged Chevy.
      Don G
      • 2 Years Ago
      Scion Xb does pretty well. I would have thought this would be competitive. I would think it would be a good move CAFE wise as well.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Guy Inkägnētō
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nooooo!!! I would have bought one!! Although, I do like the Buick version....but the GMC Granite is better looking.
      Zee Frunch Canadiun
      • 2 Years Ago
      Boo-urns! GM dropped the ball on this one. That would have been one snappy mini crossover / cute ute.
      mylexicon
      • 2 Years Ago
      The news sucks. I thought this car was pretty cool, and I liked the design. Maybe fuel-efficiency was a problem since the car looks like it has more FA and drag than a comparable sedan of equal track and wheelbase.
      Wisea**
      • 2 Years Ago
      awwwwww. Bless your heart. Loved this little guy.
      njp1589
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm actually really sad about this. When I had heard that a Cruze diesel was on the way, I figured the Granite might get a diesel option too and become exactly the kind of practical car I'd buy. The styling, aside from the usual oversized wheels, was really great. And no, I won't buy it if it comes back as a Chevy... I'm trying to justify that with a good reason, but I cant.
        j0nny5
        • 2 Years Ago
        @njp1589
        A diesel Granite would have had me writing a check right after a test-drive to make sure the dynamics didn't suck.
      Unni
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sad, This was an excellent design. May be next Acadia will be a minivan with Granite grown to a lambda size and sliding doors. So GMC will have a Acadia Minivan which wont compete with Buick Enclave or the GMC tahoe/Yukon also. The data shows acadia sold almost 70k in volume where the minivan market sianna and caravan both sold more than 100k volume. So it can be a volume boost + GMs answer for the Sienna/odessy/Caravan. Still the designer needs to be appreciated and it looked lot times better than the encore.
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