For years, GMC has existed as a brand without a single unique product, reconstituting Chevrolet trucks, SUVs and crossovers with more frosting in exchange for a few extra dollars. The Sierra is a Silverado, the Acadia a Traverse, and the Terrain an Equinox, although admittedly the latter pair are visually differentiated to a significant degree.

GMC could be set to expand beyond its Chevy-based roots, though. During last week's Detroit Auto Show press days, GM's product boss Mark Reuss was asked whether there'd ever be a GMC that wasn't taken from Chevy. "Oh, yes, you will," Reuss told the media. "The health of GMC is astonishingly good from a consideration standpoint." Reuss wouldn't elaborate on what the model could be, although we're quite happy to make some guesses. GMC has its bases fairly well covered, with a mid-size and full-size crossover, as well as a mid-size, full-size and HD pickup. We doubt GMC will be building a family sedan, sports car, or hatchback, so really, the only place we can see the brand going is into a smaller crossover.

Automotive News points out that the most recent small GMC showcar, the 2010 Granite concept (shown above), won't see production according to General Motors. That vehicle likely would have rode on GM's compact vehicle architecture, known internally as Gamma II, which underpins the Chevy Spark and Sonic, as well as the Buick Encore (and its overseas Opel/Vauxhall/Chevy counterparts).

That seems like logical territory for GMC, especially considering the early success of the Encore in the US market. So while it's unlikely that the Granite will see production, we wouldn't bet against a GMC-version of the Buick Encore on US roads at some point in the near future.

What do you think GMC will do? Would you buy an Encore-sized GMC? Let us know what you think in Comments.

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      I would think it might be a commercial van to compete with the Transit Connect
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      I honestly don't know why they don't make this concept...sure, it's a GMC version of the Soul - but who cares? The Soul sells. It's versatile, inexpensive, efficient and functional....and it'd likely help GMC on the CAFE requirements. Go for it.
      Lucas Molle
      • 1 Year Ago
      big mistake not building the granite
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      I think it looks fine even though the overall form is much like a Kia which is nice. However, to me GMC was always the tougher truck side of the GMC/Chevrolet trucks. I am not convinced that such a fancy small crossover kind of product makes sense. A heavy duty SUV to replace the Hummer line would make far more sense to me. There is nothing at GM to me that competes with Jeep. Should there be?
      • 1 Year Ago
      BUILD IT and they will COME.
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      Out of all the micro concepts i always thought that one was the best
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      I like it, it would be a great dog car. Remind me of a Honda Element. I hope the seats fold flat.
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      It would all depend on the engine General Motors decides to allow GMC to use for the vehicle because if it's the turbocharged 1.4L 4-cyl engine used by the Encore and Chevy Cruze Eco, I would say no; but if it's the turbodiesel used by the Chevy Cruze Diesel then yes because it would mean the vehicle would have adequate performance and near 40mpg fuel mileage.
      • 1 Year Ago
      The dealer I have done business with since 1999 is a Buick, GMC, Cadillac dealer. If GMC offered a version of the Encore, I would definitely take a look. I am presently waiting for the Buick Anthem aka Terrain/Equinox to replace my Suzuki.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I actually like this car a lot where GMC really came up with their own design unlike others copying from their sisters :)
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      The Granite is the Scion XB-fighter that should've seen the production light-of-day some 3 yrs ago. Way to be the last to the party, GMC!
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