2008 Pontiac Torrent

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What Changed for 2008:
  • Two new GXP models

  • Electronic Trailer Sway Control integrated into standard stability control system

  • Enhanced ride and handling

  • Standard compass in Driver Information Center (DIC)

  • Three new exterior colors

  • New GXP seats with larger side bolsters

  • Available exterior chrome package
The Torrent is a 5-passenger, 4-door compact SUV (also referred to in the industry as a performance crossover vehicle) with front engine, and front-wheel or all-wheel drive (FWD or AWD). New for 2008, Pontiac adds the high-performance GXP model to its Torrent lineup. The Torrent GXP, which Pontiac says provides the power, performance and agility of a sports car with the capability of a sport utility vehicle, joins the division's stable of GXP vehicles that now includes the Solstice GXP, Grand Prix GXP and, also new for 2008, the G6 GXP. In addition, three new exterior colors are available on the Torrent for 2008: Deep Blue Metallic, Carbon Black Metallic and Teal Metallic. Torrent's competition includes the Chevrolet Equinox Sport, Toyota RAV4 V-6 and Mazda CX-7.

Model Lineup
Four models are available in the 2008 Pontiac Torrent lineup: Torrent FWD, Torrent AWD, Torrent GXP FWD and Torrent GXP AWD. Standard equipment on the 2008 Torrent includes 4-channel anti-lock brakes (ABS); 16-inch aluminum wheels on Torrent and chrome-clad 18-inch aluminum wheels on the Torrent GXP; traction control on FWD models with ABS; enhanced ride and handling; and an electronic Driver Information Center with digital compass.

Option packages available on the 2008 Pontiac Torrent include Preferred (with more than nine features, including remote vehicle start system, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls); Premium (with leather seating inserts, and heated driver and passenger seats); and Sun and Sound (with a power sunroof, stereo with 6-disc CD/MP3 player, and Pioneer 7-speaker premium sound). There's also an optional chrome exterior package that includes a chrome grille, chrome front and rear skid plates, and chrome roof rails and door handles.

The Torrent GXP's all new exterior design features a distinctive hood; one-inch lower stance; lower front and rear fascias; 18-inch, flangeless, highly polished, forged aluminum 5-spoke wheels and P235/50R18 tires; and chrome dual exhaust tips. Inside, the Torrent GXP has a leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel with GXP-specific instruments and perforated leather or tailored cloth-covered heated seats with enhanced lateral support.

Standard on base, non-GXP Pontiac Torrent models is a 3.4-liter V-6 engine with sequential multi-port fuel injection (SFI) that delivers 185 hp at 5200 rpm and 210 lb.-ft. of torque at 3800 rpm. Power is transferred through a 5-speed automatic transmission. Torrent GXP models feature a 3.6-liter V-6 engine with SFI that delivers 264 hp at 6500 rpm and 250 lb.-ft. of torque at 2300 rpm. The GXP has a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. According to Pontiac, the 2008 Torrent GXP accelerates 0-to-60 mph in 6.9 seconds. EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 3.4-liter V-6 engine are 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway, while the 3.6-liter V-6 engine estimates are 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway.

Safety features for the 2008 Pontiac Torrent include GM's StabiliTrak electronic stability control system; OnStar in-vehicle safety and communications system; tire-pressure-monitoring system; cruise control; front and rear disc brakes with 4-channel ABS; electronic trailer sway control integrated into StabiliTrak to detect sway, apply brakes and reduce engine torque to lower speed manually if necessary; dual-stage frontal driver and passenger air bags with passenger sensing system; head curtain side-impact air bags with tip sensor to stay inflated longer during a rollover (standard on GXP); and 3-point safety belts with LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child safety seats.

In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2008 Pontiac Torrent received a perfect 5-star rating for front- and side-impact tests for the driver and front passenger, and rear-seat side impact. In rollover testing, the Torrent received a 4-star rating for both FWD and AWD models.

The 2008 Pontiac Torrent has a driver information center with digital compass, and includes more than 20 vehicle information features such as tire pressure, trip odometer, fuel range and outside temperature display. Torrent's standard audio system is a 6-speaker stereo with CD/MP3 player with auxiliary jack input for iPod/MP3 players. In addition, consumers can choose from a stereo entertainment system with in-dash 6-disc CD changer, DVD and MP3 playback; stereo with navigation or DVD entertainment, CD and MP3 player; Pioneer premium 7-speaker system with amplifier and subwoofer; and XM satellite radio.

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  • Name FWD 4dr Transmission Automatic MSRP 23520.00 Engine 3.4L/209 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
  • Name AWD 4dr Transmission Automatic MSRP 25145.00 Engine 3.4L/209 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
  • Name GXP (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 28120.00 Engine 3.6L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 16/24
  • Name GXP (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 29745.00 Engine 3.6L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 16/24
  • Seats, front bucket, includes driver manual height seat adjuster
  • Seat, front passenger flat-folding seatback
  • Seats, rear Multi-Flex 60/40 split-bench with 2-position recline
  • Seat trim, Base cloth
  • Console, center, front with armrest, concealed storage and 2 cup holders
  • Console, floor with storage bin and cup holder
  • Cup holders, 3 front and 2 rear
  • Steering column, tilt
  • Steering wheel, urethane 3-spoke
  • Instrumentation, electronic with speedometer, fuel level, engine temperature and tachometer
  • Driver Information Center, electronic, includes over 20 personalization and vehicle information features including trip odometer, fuel range, outside temperature and compass display
  • Warning tones, headlamp on, key-in-ignition and turn signal reminder
  • Door locks, power programmable with Remote Keyless Entry
  • Windows, power with driver Express-Down and passenger lockout
  • Remote Keyless Entry, with 2 transmitters, panic button, content theft alarm, activation verification and illuminated entry
  • Cruise control, electronic with set and resume speed
  • Theft-deterrent alarm system, content theft alarm
  • Air conditioning, single-zone manual
  • Defogger, rear-window electric
  • Air filtration system
  • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
  • Visors, driver and front passenger vanity mirrors
  • Lighting, interior with theatre dimming, dual front reading, center-mounted dome and rear cargo area
  • Power outlets, 2 auxiliary with covers, 12-volt, includes 1 front and 1 rear
  • Seats, front GXP sport bucket, includes high bolsters
  • Seats, heated driver and front passenger
  • Seat adjuster, driver 6-way power with manual lumbar adjuster
  • Seat trim, Sport Cloth
  • Armrest, rear center with dual cup holders
  • Cup holders, 3 front and 4 rear
  • Floor mats, carpeted front and rear, removable
  • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped, 3-spoke
  • Steering wheel controls, mounted audio controls
  • Instrumentation, GXP Sport, electronic with speedometer, fuel level, engine temperature and tachometer
  • Remote vehicle starter system
  • Map pocket, driver seatback
  • Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming
  • Cargo net, full-across rear
  • Wheels, 4 - 16" x 6.5" (40.6 cm x 16.5 cm) cast aluminum, includes spare tire and wheel
  • Tires, P235/65R16 all-season, blackwall
  • Liftgate, rear with glass
  • Spoiler, rear
  • Luggage rack, roof-mounted, Silver
  • Bumpers, front and rear body-color with Charcoal pads
  • Moldings, body-color bodyside
  • Headlamps, halogen composite with automatic exterior lamp control and flash-to-pass feature
  • Fog lamps, front halogen with chrome accents
  • Mirrors, outside power-adjustable, body-color, manual-folding
  • Wipers, front intermittent
  • Wiper, rear intermittent with washer
  • Door handles, body-color
  • Wheels, 4- 18" x 7" (45.7 cm x 17.8 cm) forged polished aluminum, includes spare tire & wheel
  • Tires, P235/50R18 touring, blackwall
  • Bumpers, front and rear body-color with body-color pads
  • Glass, deep-tinted
  • Door handles, chrome
  • Engine, 3.4L V6 (185 hp [138.0 kW] @ 5200 rpm, 210 lb-ft of torque [283.8 N-m] @ 3800 rpm)
  • Transmission, 5-speed automatic, electronically controlled
  • Rear axle, 2.48 ratio
  • Front wheel drive
  • Battery, maintenance-free with rundown protection
  • GVWR, 5070 lbs (2300 kg)
  • Suspension, Sport, 4-wheel independent, front strut type with coil springs
  • Steering, power-assist, electric-variable
  • Exhaust, stainless-steel
  • Exhaust outlet, stainless-steel
  • All wheel drive
  • Engine, 3.6L V6 SFI aluminum (264 hp [196.8 kW] @ 6500 rpm, 250 lb.-ft. of torque [337.5 N-m] @ 2300 rpm)
  • Transmission, 6-speed automatic, electronically controlled
  • Rear axle, 2.77 final drive ratio
  • GVWR, 5115 lbs (2320 kg)
  • Suspension, Performance, 4-wheel independent, front strut type with coil springs
  • Steering, power-assist, hydraulic
  • Exhaust outlets, dual outlets with chrome tips
    • Traction control
    • StabiliTrak, vehicle stability enhancement system
    • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
    • Daytime Running Lamps
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
    • OnStar, 1-year of Safe and Sound plan. Includes Automatic Notification of Air Bag Deployment, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, Emergency Services, Roadside Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Hands-Free Calling, AccidentAssist and Remote Horn & Lights (OnStar services require vehicle electrical system (including battery), wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance and Remote Door Unlock success varies with conditions. OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics available on most 2004 MY and newer GM vehicles. Diagnostic capability varies by model. Visit onstar.com or call 1-888-466-7827
    • Air bags, dual-stage frontal, driver and right-front passenger with Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your childs age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the vehicles Owners Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
    • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and right-front passenger, height-adjustable includes pretensioners
    • Safety belts, 3-point, rear, all seating positions
    • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren), for child safety seats
    • Door locks, rear child security
    • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD/MP3 player, seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, Radio Data System (RDS), automatic volume, TheftLock, auxiliary input jack for iPod/MP3 player and 6 speakers
    • Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
    • Antenna, roof-mounted combination

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