Smaller GMC crossover in the works

Article by Christian A., on October 7, 2013

A new GMC vehicle is coming, according to Mark Reuss, General Motors North America CEO. According to Automotive News, GMC is planning a new vehicle, which is smaller than the Terrain crossover. Still, we have no details about the product or the time it will arrive in the dealerships. According to Reuss, GMC is planning some innovative portfolio entries.

The GMC Granite Concept made its debut back in 2010, at the Detroit Auto Show and it was created to stretch people’s ideas of what a GMC can be. Despite the buzz it created, the GMC Granite Concept didn’t convince GM to produce it as it was targeting young, urban buyers who thought that the Terrain or Chevrolet Equinox is too big.

The new GMC Granite Concept is a fusion of urban-industrial design and functionalities that young professionals wanted in their vehicle. Unveiled at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, the new GMC Granite Concept takes GMC’s vaunted capability in a more progressive direction.

Once its final production form is realized, the GMC Granite Concept would be the smallest GMC so far. However, the vehicle has been optimized to offer a spacious environment. Although the GMC Granite Concept is shorter than the new Terrain compact crossover by 2 feet (0.6 meters), its open cabin was designed to be both spacious and flexible. Thanks to its generous cargo space and distinct flipping/folding seats, a mountain bike could be loaded inside, even with the tailgate closed.

Lisa Hutchinson, product marketing director for GMC, remarked that they conceived the GMC Granite Concept as a new type of vehicle from GMC. It was conceived to make people think that a GMC could do more. Hutchinson quipped that they call the GMC Granite Concept as an 'urban utility vehicle,' with a goal of redefining what the GMC name could mean to a new generation of customers who seek bold design and functionality.

Just like the brand’s current offerings that include trucks, sports utility vehicles and crossovers, the new GMC Granite Concept is made to deliver both style and capability, as complemented by advanced features and high-quality materials. Inside, the new GMC Granite Concept is laden with precise instruments and ground-breaking technologies. An extra-wide next-generation LED screen elegantly and dynamically displays the vehicle’s climate system and navigation, as well as its infotainment technologies.

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