GMC Granite Concept will be present at NAIAS

Posted on Monday, 11 January 2010 , 13:01:51 byEmil

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GMC Granite Concept will be present at NAIAS

GMC – US maker will reveal a brand new concept called Granite at the International Auto Show 2010 in North America. GMC says the concept model is inspired by the industrial style and 'packs functionality aimed at young professionals'.

Lisa Hutchinson, GMC's product marketing director stated for the press 'Granite was conceived as a new type of vehicle from GMC – one that could stretch people’s ideas of what a GMC can be. We call it an ‘urban utility vehicle’ and our goal was redefining what the GMC name could mean to a new generation of customers looking for both bold design and functionality'.

This concept unit has a 2,631 mm (103.6-inch) wheelbase, 4,097 mm (161.3-inch) long. The 4 doors on the car are hinged on every side opening like a French doors set, without pillar separating the rear and front ones.

On the inside, GMC stylists gave the auto aircraft-type instruments and mechanical precision tools, having the instrument cluster with gauges changed to give the model a timepiece look. The speedometer has also a compass, that allows for directional info.

The Granite' seats can be reconfigured if you see fit. The passenger in front and rear seats on right is flipping up, folding through the center console, making a unobstructed, long storage area.

GMC didn't gave any info on the power of this concept. If the GMC Granite will become a reality, it will be the smallest GMC model.

Dave Lyon, North American Interior and Global Cross-Brand Design' executive director said 'The Design team leveraged the best attributes from different segments: SUV, minivan and crossover, and mixed them with a commercial chic aesthetic. We feel this redefines the premium class of vehicles we call urban utility vehicles'.