The GMC Granite concept, unveiled at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, If brought to market, the Granite would be the smallest GMC ever—it is a full 2 feet (0.6 m) shorter than the new Terrain compact crossover, but features an open interior designed to be spacious and flexible.
|The GMC Granite concept. Click to enlarge.
The Granite’s comparatively short body length is complemented by a wide, 70.3-inch (1,786 mm) overall width and a tall, 60.5-inch (1,536 mm) height. Those dimensions create unique proportions that depart from conventional minivan, SUV or crossover designs, GM says.
Power for the Granite concept comes from a 1.4L turbocharged engine that is part of GM’s new family of small-displacement four-cylinder engines. It is matched with a six-speed transmission.
Granite was conceived as a new type of vehicle from GMC—one that could stretch people’s ideas of what a GMC can be. We call it an ‘urban utility vehicle’ and our goal was redefining what the GMC name could mean to a new generation of customers looking for both bold design and functionality.
—Lisa Hutchinson, product marketing director for GMC.