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 |  Feb 21 2011, 9:11 PM

A few months ago the Granite concept, the darling of GMC’s display at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, was slated to enter production. But GM internal management never confirmed it, and the matter was dropped. Now, the GMC Granite has been given the go-ahead for production…again.

Motor Trend reports, from a source within GM, that the Granite will enter production—and will even keep the trick rear-hinged suicide doors from the 2010 concept. It rides on the same C-Segment platform that’s shared by the Chevrolets Volt and Cruze, the Buick Verano, and Opel Astra, and closely shares its floorpan (as well as its functionality and overall shape) with the Chevy Orlando, the too-hot-for-America mini-MPV that GM will sell in Europe, Asia, and Canada.

Except, well, the Granite is more “professional-grade,” which apparently means that the model will live on without a B-pillar, necessitating plenty of reinforcement from the quarter-panels to the roof. This might overwhelm the 138-horsepower turbo 1.4-liter four-cylinder and six-speed transmission, that the Granite will share with the Cruze. Hopefully there will be other engine options available (such as the Buick Verano’s 177-horsepower 2.4-liter inline-four, as MT suggests) to ensure that the Granite won’t be as slow as its namesake.

It’s not yet clear if GMC intends to also go ahead with the Granite Compact Pick Up.

[Source: Autoblog]

  • Bushiwat

    GM is rolling. The Chevy Cruze blows the Corolla and Civic out of the water. It is really nice to see GM back on track and producing amazing vehicles.

  • Jim Miller

    I saw this at our last Auto Show here in Cleveland and I was impressed. I hope GM offers an AWD option for this. If they do I’ll wait for it instead of going with the Mini Countryman ALL4. Let go GM! This thing is hot!