GMC could finally be making a small crossover
It could be called either the Granite or Graphyte and use GM's VSS-F platform
There have been rumours going around for years that GMC would eventually build a small crossover. It's not like it wouldn't sell; crossovers are more popular than ever before right now, especially smaller crossovers as an alternative to a traditional hatchback. GMC even debuted a quirky small crossover concept called the Granite at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Granite concept had a stylish boxy look, a futuristic interior and Rolls-Royce style suicide doors and it still looks great even 10 years later.
Whilst GMC did initially deny rumours last year that it would be producing a small crossover, a year on it looks like the General Motors division has had a big change of heart. Citing inside sources at General Motors, GM Authority has reported that the small crossover could be closer to reality than it's ever been before. If it was made, the new SUV would slot below the GMC Terrain both in terms of size and price point (the Terrain starts from $25,000) and use the same VSS-F platform as the Chevrolet Trailblazer and Buick Encore GX as well as the next-generation Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain. Whilst a name isn't confirmed, it's likely that it would use either the Granite or Graphyte name considering General Motors has filed trademarks for both of them within the last few years.
Introducing a small crossover could have some big positive effects on GMC's sales in North America. GM Authority reckons that a small crossover could get GMC's sales to exceed 600,000 annual units in the USA and 100,000 annual units in Canada, something which the General Motors division has never achieved before. Any kind of noticeable increase in sales would definitely be music to GMC's ears, as well as to General Motors as a whole!
As for how the new small crossover could look, it's been said that it'll look very different to the Granite concept. That's a bit of a shame considering the quirky charm of the original concept car, but General Motors haven't exactly been making bad-looking cars lately. Whatever form the Granite or Graphyte takes when it finally makes it into production, I'm sure it'll be one that looks pretty damn cool!