What debuted as a boxy hatchback of controversy at the North American International Auto Show last January has been turned into a subcompact utilitarian, um, ute. Say hello to the GMC Granite CPU Concept.
What the Cadillac Urban Luxury Concept is to the spectrum of luxury vehicles, the Granite CPU is to pickup trucks. With its 4-foot-long cargo bed that can cleverly extend to a full 6 feet, the Granite CPU is suited to carry nearly anything “reasonable.” The two-seat “urban utility vehicle” is powered by a thrifty 1.4 liter turbocharged engine, like the Chevrolet Cruze. Other features include a built-in air compressor and a removable “pack rack” that can be stowed underneath the cargo box floor.
While the Granite CPU seems to fit the GMC bill better than its hatchback brother, GM claims it’s only a design exercise. But the fact The General’s design team has yet to shelve the styling of the Granite hatch is interesting nonetheless.