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The GMC Granite, the Detroit show reveals a flashy concept

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The GMC Granite, the Detroit show reveals a flashy concept

GMC has accustomed us to hefty vehicles like the Sierra, Yukon, Acadia and Canyon. They have a massiveness specific to the manufacturer that has earned their reputation since their first trucks came out a century ago. Today, faced with the modern world and its constraints, GMC has decided to shake off this image: at just four meters, this minivan is relatively stocky. Paradoxically, this Granite concept is very aggressive: the grille plays a predominant role. No minivan has ever had such presence.

Called "French Doors" across the Atlantic, the doors of the GMC Granite are rear-hinged and give this American car a certain originality. However, the production vehicle may replace this system of French doors with standard elements. It is fitted with a six-speed automatic transmission and an engine that already equips the Opel Astra, the 1.4-liter gasoline Ecotec that delivers 138 hp. The interior layout is worthy of a cockpit, with a striking dashboard and modern instruments, including LED screens and touch buttons.

Detroit's international show, the 2010 North American Motorshow, which took place from January 11 to 24, gave us a glimpse of the slightly utopian minivan of tomorrow. This GMC Granite Concept, which stands out from the current panorama of the automobile market, will go into production: the American automobile revolution is in progress.