Detroit Auto Show 2010: GMC Granite Concept like Chevy Orlando

By Posted 11 Jan 2010, 12:32

General Motors (GM) knows how well Ford are doing, so hope that their latest concept, the GMC Granite will be able to entice drivers back to their brand. GMC are not ones for concept vehicles, but feel the need for change so have brought one with them to the 2010 Detroit Auto Show today.

The GMC Granite will be known as a urban utility vehicle,” the brand are hoping to create something unique with this vehicle, one they hope will catch on. The Granite is to share a number of parts with the Chevy Orlando, although the concept will have a shorter wheelbase by 5-inches.

Unlike the Orlando, the Granite has a more chiseled look, like the Kirk Douglas of the auto world. If you were to take a long hard stare of the Granite, (View photos at Autoblog) you will see a slight resemblance to the Nissan Cube. However, GMC has added more angle to the screen.

The GMC Granite is very similar in size to the Honda Fit, although the former is 3-inches wider. The GMC design had their work cut out for them, as they only had a limited size to play with, but they seem to have made it all work.

Power comes from a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, much like the one found in the Chevy Cruze. It is not known if engine will produce the same results, 138 horsepower from its six-speed automatic transmission. However, Autoblog assumes that there will be a manual option. The production version of the Graphite will be available sometime in 2011.

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    The Granite is to share a number of parts with the Chevy Orlando, although the concept will have a shorter wheelbase by 5-inches.