2010 Detroit Preview: GM to line up Orlando-based GMC Granite, sporty Buick Regal and much more
First Look, News
The Detroit Auto Show will be a display ground for the who’s who of the automobile industry, and GM is not going to disappoint us. Their display line-up will include the Chevy Orlando based GMC Granite, a sport version of the Buick Regal and several other premier models. The news was revealed by the magazine “CanadianDriver”.
The preview held in downtown Detroit last week, saw Chevrolet wrap-off several new models that are set to be launched in 2011. It included the much-anticipated Camaro convertible, the Orlando crossover utility vehicle, Aveo compact, the Spark sub-compact and the all-new 2011 Chevrolet Malibu. What took everyone by surprise were the two models that came out of the blue – the GMC Granite and a sporty Buick Regal.
The GMC version of the Orlando will be one of the much anticipated vehicle to be revealed at the Detroit auto-show. The model is dubbed “the Granite” and is already tagged as the “urban utility vehicle” as it will be the smallest that GMC has ever built. It is expected to be a younger demographic than the Chevy Orlando. It will be loaded with features to set itself up against the current urban utilities.
Another surprise was the sport version of the Buick Regal which was revealed lately at LA auto-show. The design cues of the sporty Regal will be based on the Opel Insignia, and so many of its performance parts will be drawn from the same 350-hp OPC. The new Regal is set to be built next year in Europe. The North American Regal production for the 2012 model year will switch to GM’s Oshawa, Ontario plant.
The other models were also engaging with a new Malibu in sculptured body work, crisper edges, pronounced wheel arches and a raised deck. The production version of the up-sized Aveo was a sharp looking hatchback. The new Chevrolet Spark featured bright green paintwork with matching interior inserts and fabrics to lure the youth.
To get a clear picture of the models’ looks and performance specs, one has to wait until the Detroit Auto Show, Jan 11-14.