More than 7 years ago, GM unveiled its smallest truck yet at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit – the Granite subcompact crossover.
Back then, the American automaker referred to its newest concept CUV as an “Urban Utility Vehicle.”
The timing could not have been better, as the subcompact category has seen considerable growth since the Granite’s debut. Experts say the popularity of sub-compact SUVs can be attributed to size, lower gas prices, the desire for recreation driving both on and off-road, maneuverability, plus the affordability and convenience smaller trucks offer.
Other features that make the modern subcompact SUV surprisingly attractive are its elevated seating position, increased ground clearance, cargo space options and available all-wheel drive.
When the Granite was scheduled to make production back in 2013, it was slated to compete with the likes of the Scion xB and Kia Soul. And with the success of the Terrain crossover, GM thought a smaller SUV would fill the gaps in its lineup quite nicely. According to vice president of Buick-GMC sales in the U.S., “it’s a logical place” for the automaker to be right now. “To me, there is more room for SUVs in the GMC stable.”
The goal for launching a small crossover is to help widen GM’s diversity since it’s mostly known for its heavy-duty truck fleet of trucks.
Anthony Buick is confident that a CUV from GM will be well-received given the popularity of the Encore. From what we know, some of the Granite’s features include a boxy body style, 1.4 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, six-speed manual transmission, optional 2.0-liter turbo and 2.5-liter naturally aspirated engine capable of 150 hp, Dutch doors on the passenger side, and an interior equipped with plenty of technology to satisfy the inner-geek in anyone.
But that’s just the concept version.
What we’re likely to see is a more user-friendly cabin, a roomy interior with a few more off-road features than the Fiat 500X, Jeep Renegade, and Mini Countryman. In addition to the compact four-seater, GM hinted at a two-seat pickup model of the Granite.
While there hasn’t been a definite production date for the Granite issued by GM, rumor has it, that a trademark was filed back in 2015 by the company – and renewed several times. With the emissions and fuel-economy mandates and the push toward small SUVs, it’s likely that the Granite is probably not too far off.
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