Granite is believed to be the name of an upcoming vehicle from General Motors’ GMC brand.
Following is speculative and unconfirmed information about the GMC Granite. This page is a continuous work-in-progress and will be updated on a regular basis as we await official details from General Motors and GMC.
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Over the last few years, General Motors has been actively pursuing registration of the Granite name with the Untied States Patent and Trademark Office. Most recently, the automaker filed a trademark application on May 26, 2015 for the term Granite in the goods and service category of “Motor land vehicles, namely, on-road passenger automobiles.” As of March 7th, 2016, this application is live.
General Motors has also filed applications to register Granite as a trademark on two prior occasions:
- November 9, 2009
- November 17, 2010
Both of these applications have since been abandoned.
At this point, we are not sure about what kind of vehicle the GMC Granite could be. In speculating, however, we could envision the following three options:
- Subcompact crossover: GMC is working on a subcompact crossover to slot in below the GMC Terrain. As such, this vehicle could be called Granite. However, we expect the subcompact GMC crossover to be called GMC Graphyte instead.
- Full-size crossover: with the second-generation 2017 GMC Acadia shrinking to become a midsize crossover, GMC now has room for a full-size CUV to slot above the Acadia. As such, this vehicle could be called Granite.
- Offroad SUV: GMC has been rumored to be pondering an offroad-focused SUV to take on the Jeep Wrangler. As such, it could use the Granite name for this vehicle.
In 2010, GMC unveiled the GMC Granite concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Riding on GM’s Delta platform, the concept was a compact hatchback with two rows of seating and suicide-style doors. The concept was rumored to be earmarked for GM’s Pontiac brand, but was supposedly changed for GMC when the Pontiac brand was discontinued as a result of the automaker’s 2009 bankruptcy. Subsequently, the GMC Granite concept was never brought to production.