Ah, the GMC Granite. This little boxy hatch has spurred all sorts of heated discussions amongst the crew of GM Authority the moment it made its debut at the 2010 North American Auto Show last year. No doubt, controversy has constantly erupted all over the automotive enthusiast blogosphere surrounding the vehicle. Many could never see a youth-oriented compact hatch fitting in with the brand’s “professional grade” image, rambling on that the car would have belonged best under the late Pontiac brand. Then there were photos of a pickup truck version, which seemed to excite and confuse everyone at the same time. At one point, the car was reported to be confirmed, only to find out that a false alarm was set off.
Now, here we go all over again, as sources of Motor Trend state that the Granite has indeed been given the green light, reverse-swinging suicide doors and all.
Should the Granite finally make its way to market, MT suggests that the car won’t show up any sooner than perhaps the 2013 or 2014 model year with production commencing no sooner than late 2012. The Delta II-based hatchback could either feature a 1.4L turbocharged ECOTEC engine seen on the Chevrolet Cruze and Orlando, or perhaps even a 2.4L ECOTEC featured in the Buick Verano — both of which would share the same platform as the Granite. While we’re at it, we would like to cast a vote for a possible 2.0L turbocharged ECOTEC as well. And will we see a pickup truck variant?
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Source: Motor Trend