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New for 2009-Pontiac

New for 2009-Pontiac

By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2008
Critical Knowledge:
  • G5 adds more powerful 2.2-liter Ecotec engine with VVT, Bluetooth, new colors

  • G6 Sedan adds 33-mpg 2.4-liter engine and 6-speed automatic transmission

  • G6 also adds new colors, features

  • G8 lineup adds new standard features

  • All-new G8 GXP joins lineup as Pontiac's flagship performance sedan

  • G8 GXP features 402-hp, 6.2-liter, small-block V-8 engine

  • New Solstice Coupe and GXP Coupe debut with removable hardtop roof

  • Solstice Convertible and GXP Convertible add standard electronic stability control

  • Torrent/Torrent GXP add standard safety features and three new exterior colors

  • All-new Vibe bows with four trims, including AWD and GT

  • Grand Prix model has been dropped

2009 Pontiac G5
The 2009 Pontiac G5, a 2-door, 5-passenger coupe, available in base and GT trims, gets a new, more efficient version of the 2.2-liter Ecotec engine with Variable Valve Timing (VVT), achieving an EPA-estimated 37 mpg highway (and a slight power increase to 155 hp). Also new for 2009 are Bluetooth capability; iPod-compatible USB port in the radio; dual-stage inflatable driver and front passenger, low-risk deployment air bags and passenger sensing system; and two new exterior colors: Quicksilver Metallic and Silver Green Metallic. New content includes revisions to three packages: Sun and Sound (includes new AM/FM/CD radio with MP3 playback, premium 7-speaker Pioneer sound and power sunroof); new MYLINK package (16-inch machine-face wheels; 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS); cruise control; chrome exhaust tip; leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob; steering wheel audio controls; and Bluetooth capability); and a new Appearance package (body-color side moldings, trunk cargo net, chrome exhaust tip, front fog lamps).


2009 Pontiac G6
For 2009, the Pontiac G6 lineup includes base G6 Sedan, GT Sedan, Coupe and Convertible, and performance-oriented GXP Sedan and Coupe. New for 2009, the 2.4-liter engine is offered with a 6-speed automatic transmission that delivers EPA-estimated 22 mpg city/33 mpg highway fuel economy (offered with the Sport package 1 on base sedans). Other changes include Sun and Sound Plus; two distinctive sport package equipment groups; standard OnStar 8.0; XM satellite radio standard on base G6; remote vehicle start standard on GT and GXP and available on G6; and a rear spoiler is now standard on the GT. Four new exterior colors are added: Summit White, Gold Mist Metallic, Silver Green Metallic and Quicksilver Metallic.


2009 Pontiac G8
For 2009, the Pontiac G8 lineup adds new features for all three models: G8, G8 GT and new G8 GXP (late 2008 availability). These include XM satellite radio and Bluetooth capability (available late in 2008), along with these standard features: 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and traction control; electronic stability control; seat-mounted thorax air bags and dual-stage frontal air bags for front passengers, with automatic passenger-sensing system; roof rail side-impact air bags for both seating rows; OnStar; power-adjustable front seats; fog lamps; chrome exhaust tip; rear lip spoiler and 4-wheel independent suspension. Four new exterior colors are added: Sport Red, Stryker Blue, Pacific Slate and Maverick Silver.

Introduced at the 2008 New York Auto Show, the all-new G8 GXP sedan sports a unique front fascia with dual-port grille and fog lamps, and distinctive rear fascia. Under the hood, G8 GXP features a 402-hp, 6.2-liter, small-block V-8 engine with aluminum cylinder block and cast-in-place iron cylinder liners, a new 6-speed Tremec automatic transmission and standard limited-slip differential. Also standard are 4-wheel disc, 4-wheel ABS Brembo brakes; traction control; electronic stability control; 4-wheel, fully-adjustable independent suspension; fog lamps; 19-inch polished aluminum wheels; and performance-oriented summer tires (with optional all-season tires available). Inside, the G8 GXP has a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear shift; power-adjustable front seats; two-tone sport seats; new seatbacks with GXP logos; GXP-specific tachometer/speedometer; alloy sport pedals; Blaupunkt audio system; six air bags and a raft of other safety features. The GT's Sport and Premium packages are standard on the 2009 G8 GXP.


2009 Pontiac Solstice
The 2009 Pontiac Solstice roadster is a carryover from 2008, again available in Solstice Convertible and Solstice GXP Convertible trims. The big news for 2009, however, is the addition of a hardtop Coupe model to the Solstice lineup. The all-new, front-engine, rear-drive, 2-door, 2-passenger, 2009 Pontiac Solstice Coupe, with its hardtop removable roof and rear design changes, features a duck-tail spoiler, glass back hatch, and expanded cargo area. The design was inspired by the Solstice Coupe Concept that was shown at the 2002 North American International Auto Show. The 2009 Pontiac Solstice Coupe will be available in Coupe and GXP models. Standard powerplant for the base Coupe is the normally aspirated 173-hp, 2.4-liter, Ecotec 4-cylinder engine, while the GXP gets a 260-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. Transmission choices include a 5-speed automatic or 5-speed manual. The removable roof panels are SMC plastic shell on magnesium frame, and weigh just 31 pounds. Standard equipment on both includes 4-wheel disc, 4-wheel ABS brakes; electronic stability control; tire-pressure monitor; 18-inch wheels; and more. The Solstice GXP Coupe has standard 18-inch, 5-spoke polished aluminum alloy or chromed aluminum wheels and high performance tires. On the inside, the two Coupe trims look very much the same as that of the Convertible, although engineers redesigned the area behind the seats for easy cargo access, and added a storage tray mounted behind the headrests.


2009 Pontiac Torrent
While there has been speculation that Pontiac will lose the Torrent crossover in its lineup (reportedly, GMC gains a new crossover, the Terrain, built on the next-generation architecture of the Chevy Equinox), the Torrent soldiers on for 2009, adding three new exterior colors: Quicksilver Metallic, Gold Mist Metallic and Cyber Gray Metallic.



2009 Pontiac Vibe
All-new for 2009, the Pontiac Vibe 5-door, 5-passenger hatchback wagon (designed in conjunction with its mechanical twin, the Toyota Matrix) is available in four trims: 1.8L, 2.4L, AWD and GT. One of two engines power the 2009 Vibe: a 132-hp, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine with standard 5-speed manual or optional 4-speed automatic transmission (with base), or the 158-hp, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with Variable Valve Timing (VVT). Transmission choices on other trims include 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic or new 5-speed automatic with Driver Shift Control. New for 2009: standard electronic vehicle stability control and tire-pressure monitor; six standard air bags and active head restraints; all-new sheetmetal and lighting elements; enhanced cargo-management system; and fold-flat front seats (on all models with a 2.4-liter engine).

Standard equipment on the 2009 Pontiac Vibe also includes 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS, traction control, OnStar and XM satellite radio. Options include steel or aluminum wheel choices, a liftgate-mounted spoiler on GT, and a premium audio system. There are also equipment packages with a power sunroof; Monsoon audio; remote keyless entry; power windows and door locks; cruise control; and front and rear variable intermittent wipers.

Also, the Vibe GT returns for 2009 (after being discontinued in 2007) and adds standard electronic cruise control; front sport bucket seats with leather accents and GT embroidery; leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; power windows; upgraded audio system; stainless steel exhaust with chrome plated tip; and 18-inch aluminum wheels.

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