Thursday, July 15, 2010

GMC Granite Given the Green Light.

As a result of all the hype that was surrounding the Buick Regal GS Concept at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, the GMC Granite has managed to fly relatively under the radar. During its time there, however, it did receive a very warm reception from both the public and the media, and as a result, General Motors has green lighted the production of the vehicle. While we can’t say for sure how the final model that rolls off the assembly line will look, we’re speculating that it’s going to look, for the most part, much like the concept version.

Compared to most other concept cars that hit auto show floors, the GMC Granite actually has a relatively subdued look, with body lines and curves that we could realistically expect to see on a production model. Though it features a few unconventional pieces, such as suicide-style rear doors and almost unwieldy large wheels, the rest of the car appears to be relatively standard GMC fare, albeit with a more modern and contemporary twist.

It’s also likely that the production model will feature the same 1.4 liter, turbocharged motor that’s also used on the concept version of the car. Chances are that the motor, adequately powered (especially for its small size, thanks to the turbocharger), will be mated to a dual-clutch six speed transmission for quick and precise up and down shifts.

Though we don’t know much else about the model at this moment, it’s fairly safe to say that we can probably expect to hear an announcement from GM sometime soon.

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