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We Hear: GMC to Get Unique Model Not Based on a Chevy

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/22/2014 Christian Seabaugh

"Professional Grade" or not, there's been very little difference between the lineups of GMC and Chevrolet for the past couple decades. Every GMC vehicle has been paired with a Chevy twin: the GMC Sierra has the Chevy Silverado; the GMC Yukon has the Chevy Tahoe; the Acadia has the Traverse, and the Terrain the Equinox. GMC's been following this formula for years, and hasn't shown signs of diverging from it -- until now, as GM's Mark Reuss says GMC will almost certainly be getting a non-Chevy vehicle of its own.


Gmc Granite Concept Front Three Quarter© Provided by MotorTrend Gmc Granite Concept Front Three Quarter When asked at the Detroit auto show whether or not GMC would one day get a vehicle that it didn't share with the Bowtie brand, Reuss, the newly-promoted GM global product chief, said in a recent Automotive News interview, "Oh yes, you will"

So what could that vehicle be? Smart money says it'll be the GMC Granite concept that was introduced in Detroit back in 2010. The Granite was a small, boxy "urban utility vehicle" like the Scion xB or Nissan Cube, which was apparently briefly given the green light before being shelved indefinitely. Though the Granite concept was based on GM's Delta architecture, the Granite could also in theory be built on GM's Gamma platform, which is used by the slightly smaller Buick Encore. The move would make sense, given that GMC and Buick already share dealer showrooms, and the fact that the Encore has proven more successful than GM anticipated.

Gmc Granite Concept Front Three Quarter

While the GMC Granite is the logical choice for production, we're still secretly hoping that the GMC All Terrain concept -- the brand's answer to the Ford Raptor -- gets the go-ahead. Who says a professional-grade vehicle can't be fun?

What stand-alone vehicle do you think GMC should build? Sound off in the comments below.

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