This is the brand new GMC Granite Concept, a new vehicle based on the Chevrolet Orlando Concept, which will be unveiled later today at the Detroit Auto Show.
Known especially for for producing large trucks, pick-ups and off-roaders, the Granite is the smallest GMC ever. With more than 600mm shorter than the current smallest GMC, the Terrain, Granite Concept aims to bring new, younger buyers to the American brand.
The concept is powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.
According to the manufacturer the new powerplant is part of GM's new family of small-displacement, highly efficient four-cylinder engines.
Regarding its design, one of the most striking design features is its rear-hinged "suicide" rear doors, allowing a better acces in the vehicle for the rear passengers. Other features include 20-inch wheels, an integrated roof spoiler and a centre-mounted exhaust.
The dimensions of the GMC Granite Concept were drawn by a group of young designers who based it on what young, urban professionals want. This demographic group is active and social and prefers to take their friends to clubs and go out of town on weekends rather than tow a boat or even tug lumber.
The wheelbase of the GMC Granite Concept is similar to the Chevrolet Cobalt at 103.6 inches, or about 2,631 mm. However its total length is lower by 1 foot at 161.3 inches or 4,097 mm. Because of this, the GMC Granite Concept offers excellent manoeuvrability in urban areas with its narrow streets.
Even if the body is short, it is wider with a measurement of 70.3 inches, around 1,786 mm, and taller given its height of 60.5 inches, estimated at 1,536 mm. These dimensions give it a proportion that is clearly different from the typical minivan, standard SUV or crossover.
Though it has four doors, each of these is hinged on the side and thus opening it is like opening a set of French doors. Since there is no pillar on the doors, ingress and egress is not only easier but it is even simpler to load any item. In order to ensure that it keeps up with the urban theme, the exterior uses a set of complex and intersecting angles and planes.
This gives it that feeling of driving an industrial machine. This is a machine that was made due to a necessity but it still has functional and precision aesthetics. The door panels are cut with a forward-angling motif. The theme starts a bit high just behind the doors which then cut to the front door’s center that brings a sense of motion, in the same way that the tapered side glass and high beltline do.
The spoiler in the rear has been incorporated with the roof and extends just above its rear glass. The other planes and angles that can be seen are crafted in metal. GMC’s signature grille design is still on the front but this time the headlamps are on its side and arc towards the fenders giving it a feel of motion.
Since the headlamps, as well as the fog lamps, are placed on the far edges of its front-end bodywork, it further highlights its planted stance. At the back, the angles and planes approach each other closely to exhibit that careful attention was given to details. There are still different elements that can be seen on the exterior.
There are the tail lamps that deliver a multi-layer appearance and utilize LED lighting technology. There is also the exhaust outlet on the center with its brushed metal tip. The GMC Granite Concept does not have chrome in the exterior but the trim comes in a choice of a brushed metal finish or satin, further highlighting its industrial look.
The wheels measure 12 inches and are made to fit the fenders due to the low stance. They’re covered by Bridgestone tires. The exterior color of the GMC Granite Concept is metallic gray that evokes the look of the material for which this concept was named.