Back in 2012, General Motors filed a trademark application with the USPTO for the Graphyte name for the second time. The application specified use intentions for “motor land vehicles, namely, trucks and sport utility vehicles”. Well, the trademark is once again Live, meaning GM still seems to have the intention to use the name.
Fast forward to the present and a report from Automotive News is indicating that a GMC crossover destined to slot below the compact-midsize-tweener Terrain is imminent. The proposed vehicle would be the smallest in the GMC lineup, a brand historically known for its full-sized trucks and SUVs, and even presently with the all-new 2014 GMC Sierra 1500, 2015 Sierra HD, and 2015 Yukon and Yukon Denali family.
The report quotes GM North American President Mark Reuss, in saying the following:
“There are going to be some innovative portfolio entries for GMC,” he said. When inquired as to whether or not the new GMC could be described as more car-like, he simply said “yes. There will be different sizes in the showroom. I’d say it that way.”
To us, that sounds an awful lot like GMC is getting a subcompact crossover. The vehicle could potentially be called GMC Granite and may have been previewed by the GMC Granite concept from a few years ago.