GMC Granite to enter production soon, GM source says

Published by Andrew Christian @andrew4wheels Google+ | Wednesday February 23, 2011

GMC Granite to enter production soon, GM source says

The GMC Granite will enter production, a GM insider told Motor Trend. Several months ago, there were already reports that the Granite concept, which was displayed at GMC’s booth at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, was scheduled to enter production. However, it was never confirmed by GM internal management and the matter was later dropped.

The recent Motor Trend also states that the Granite will keep the trick rear-hinged suicide doors from the 2010 concept.

The source says that the concept will be built on the same C-Segment platform that’s used by the Chevrolet Volt and Cruze, the Buick Verano, and Opel Astra. It also closely shares its floorpan (as well as its functionality and overall shape) with the Chevy Orlando, the mini-MPV that GM will be offered in Europe, Asia, and Canada.

The difference is that the Granite is more “professional-grade,” which means that the model will not have a B-pillar, requiring plenty of reinforcement from the quarter-panels to the roof.

This may be too much for the 138hp turbo 1.4-liter four-cylinder and six-speed transmission shared by the Granite and the Cruze. It’s likely that there will be other engine options offered (like the Buick Verano’s 177-horsepower 2.4-liter inline-four) to make sure that the Granite won’t be slow. [via AutoGuide]