It’s taken the American automotive giant some time to decide on the matter, but it looks like the car has finally received green light to go into production. According to a recent Motor Trend article, GM has gone so far to say that the road-going car will keep the rear-hinged suicide door setup of the concept. Suddenly, this sounds like a very exciting proposition!
The confirmation reportedly comes from a "well-placed source" familiar with the issue. The same insider states that the car will be based on the same C-segment platform as the Chevrolet Volt, Cruze and Buick Verano. Motor Trend’s best guestimation for the new GMC product’s market arrival is that it will be a 2013 or ‘14 model year, with production to start no sooner than late 2012.
When GM unveiled the Granite concept, it used the same 138-horsepower 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-four as the Chevrolet Cruze. The power was delivered via a six-speed automatic transmission. This powerplant would certainly make sense for the production car as it would offer a good mix of performance and economy. However, the publication suggests that even the more powerful 177 hp 2.4-liter from the Buick Verano would be a good choice. We would not be surprised if the car will be offered with both six-speed manual and automatic boxes.