Do you remember the GMC Granite concept previewed some eight years ago? No? Well, the carmaker is reportedly started working on the production model. The subcompact SUV has been spotted camouflaged a few days ago and I believe it’s going to be ready for the next year’s North American International Auto Show in January. Truth to be told, the manufacturer has not confirmed the name yet, but the latest reports claim that it has to be the 2020 GMC Granite.
In any case, the crossover will ride on GM’s VSS-S platform. The modular platform will also support the next-gen Chevy Trax and Buick Encore. I don’t know much about it at the moment, though, some reports claim that the architecture is going to provide some extra space inside of these crossovers and will be compatible with the newest technologies.
Performance-wise, the 2020 Granite should arrive with a single option under the hood. The SUV will use a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine. In contrast to the current mill that delivers 138 hp at the moment, the subcompact will reportedly feature the updated option with around 150 ponies. The carmaker will couple the option with a standard 6-speed automatic transmission and optional and smooth-shifting 9-speed gearbox.
According to the newest reports and judging by the spy shots, the 2020 GMC Granite is going to mirror the Terrain. Still, since it uses a smaller “suit” the subcompact will look a bit more attractive with the floating roof, blocky front end, and bulging fenders.
Since we are talking about GMC’s new SUV, I am pretty sure that the automaker hides an upscale Denali trim somewhere. Aside it’s going to be chromed the vanilla Granite could also host a more potent engine, perhaps the amazing 2.0-liter turbo mill.