From the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, Cars.com's Kelsey Mays takes a look at the GMC Granite Concept.
<v Narrator>Cars.com auto review. Hi, I'm Kelsey Mays for cars.com. We're at the Detroit Auto Show, checking out GMC's new granite concept. This is a small four-door hatchback.
From the GM folks I've talked to, there's a pretty good chance that it could actually see a production model. GM says it utilizes "urban industrial design". We're gonna talk about that. We'll go over some of the car's more defining attributes and think about what it means for the GMC brand. Up front is a sort of scaled-down version of GMC's grill, not so big that it dominates the front. I do like these dark inserts underneath the headlights. General Motors kept the Chevy Camaro production car pretty close to the concept, and the resulting sight lines were pretty tight. I don't think that that's gonna happen here. Even if a granite production car looks a lot like the granite concept, it could turn out to be pretty livable. There looks to be good headroom front and back, and there isn't huge D-pillars or a slit-like rear window that compromises sight lines as you're looking out your six o'clock. The concept has a pint-sized turbo-charged engine, and so any production model should get pretty good gas mileage. What remains to be seen is how GMC truck loyalists will react to what's essentially a car. Jeep lost a lot of its off-road credibility with the Compass, remember, but a lot of that was because the Compass, of its own rights, was kind of a weak product. The proof is in the pudding, I think. If this car turns out to be competitive, you're not gonna find a lot of nay-sayers. <v Narrator>For more car-related news, go to cars.com, or our blog, kickingtires.net.