Just a few hours ago, we brought you what we thought to be the first-ever spy shots of the 2020 Chevy Trax. But we were wrong, as the prototype in question was not that of the Trax, but rather of an upcoming small GMC crossover instead.
What took place is rather interesting: a few hours after getting ahold of the model seen here, we caught up to another prototype that is much more identifiable as the next-gen Trax. And since we have already seen prototypes of the 2020 Buick Encore and they look like neither of these models, the only logical conclusion is that these photos are of the oft-rumored subcompact GMC crossover. Such a vehicle would slot under the GMC’s smallest model – the Terrain – and carry one of the following four names: Granite, Graphyte, Anthem or Tribute. GM has filed trademarks for each of these names in the recent past.
The tester, which we caught while it was testing in Arizona, is covered in healthy amounts of camouflage, but we can still make out its proportions and the majority of its shape, along with a few noteworthy details.
Up front, we have what appear to be placeholder headlights as the production-intent units are not yet available. Even so, it’s not difficult to tell that the production model will wear horizontally-shaped eyes. There’s also what appears to be large panoramic glass on the tester’s roof, a rather nice feature for a subcompact crossover.
And take a look at the side mirrors: they are mounted on very stylish piano black arms. We can also see GM’s trademark front-view camera that enables various active safety features.
The side view reveals this future GMC model’s rather long front overhang, which means that the small utility will (not unexpectedly) feature a transverse powertrain orientation with front-wheel-drive as standard, and all-wheel-drive as an option.
The DayLight Opening (DLO) surround features straight cut-lines that have become defining elements of the GMC design aesthetic with the likes of the second-gen Acadia and Terrain. And take a look at the DLO lines into the camouflaged D-pillar seems to reveal that the model will feature feature a similar C- and D-pillar treatment as the second-gen Terrain (pictured below).
Out back, the heavy camo makes it somewhat challenging to see any notable details, but we can make out two notable features:
- Follow the cutline from the roof down, and you’ll be able to see the shape of the liftgate/hatch door and the way it wraps around the taillights
- The license plate cutout is mounted on the rear bumper cover and on the liftgate
As far as platforms go, we believe that this small GMC crossover will ride on a new GM Vehicle Set. In fact, we expect this model to be one of three new crossovers to launch General Motors’ Vehicle Set Strategy.
The other two models that are expected to partake in launching GM VSS are the 2020 Chevy Trax and 2020 Buick Encore, which we saw testing last month not once but twice. Specifically which Vehicle Set resides under this model is currently unknown, but our money would be on either VSS-S (for crossover SUVs) or VSS-F (for front-drive models).
Expect this subcompact GMC crossover to launch sometime within the next 16-24 months as a 2020 model, just in time to sell to crossover-hungry masses.
As for the 2020 Chevy Trax, we just got photos of it as well and will have those up for your viewing pleasure in the next few hours.
- Update: here they are – 2020 Chevy Trax spy pictures.