2009 Pontiac Torrent

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What Changed for 2009:
  • Bluetooth connectivity available for hands-free calling
  • Standard head curtain side-impact air bags with rollover protection
  • XM satellite radio and OnStar standard on all models
  • Standard traction control and 4-channel anti-lock brakes (ABS) standard
  • Three new exterior colors
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). The 2009 model is carryover from the 2008 version, and available in base and GXP models. New for 2009 is available Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling, standard head curtain side-impact air bags with rollover protection, and XM satellite radio standard on all models. In addition, three new exterior colors are added: Quicksilver Metallic, Gold Mist Metallic and Cyber Gray Metallic. The Torrent's competition includes the Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Jeep Liberty, Toyota RAV4 V-6 and Mazda CX-7.

Model Lineup
Two models are available in the 2009 Pontiac Torrent lineup: the base Torrent and performance-oriented Torrent GXP. Both models are offered in either FWD or AWD. Standard equipment on the 2009 Torrent includes power door locks with remote keyless entry; power windows; air conditioning; tilt steering wheel; rear liftgate with defogger and washer/wiper; flat-folding front passenger seat for longer cargo; and a sliding rear seat with 60/40-split seatback and two-position recline. Also standard are 4-channel ABS, traction control, and 16-inch aluminum wheels on Torrent and 18-inch polished forged aluminum wheels on Torrent GXP.

Option packages available on the 2009 Pontiac Torrent include Preferred,with more than nine features, including remote vehicle start, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls (standard on GXP); Premium, which includes leather seating inserts and heated driver and passenger seats; and Sun and Sound, with power sunroof, AM/FM stereo with 6-disc CD/MP3 player, and Pioneer 7-speaker premium sound system. To personalize the Torrent, there's also an optional chrome appearance package that includes a lot of chrome: grille, front and rear skid plates, roof rails and door handles, and 17-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels.

The Torrent GXP features a distinctive hood; one-inch lower stance; lower front and rear fascias; 18-inch polished, forged aluminum 5-spoke wheels; and P235/50R18 all-season steel-belted radial blackwall tires. On the interior, the Torrent GXP has a leather-wrapped, 3-spoke steering wheel with GXP-specific instruments (including the division's signature red backlighting and 140-mph speedometer) and optional perforated leather or standard tailored cloth-covered heated seats with enhanced lateral support.

Standard on the base 2009 Pontiac Torrent 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 dual-overhead cam (DOHC) engine with SFI and variable valve timing (VVT) that generates 264 hp at 6500 rpm and 250 lb.-ft. of torque at 2300 rpm. The Torrent GXP has a 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode. According to Pontiac, the 2009 Torrent GXP accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in less than 7 seconds. EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 3.4-liter V-6 engine are 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway in both FWD and AWD models, while the 3.6-liter V-6 engine estimates are also 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway in FWD. In AWD, the GXP's V-6 engine gets an EPA-estimated 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway.

Four-channel ABS and traction control are standard on all 2009 Pontiac Torrent models. The suspension is independent MacPherson struts in front and independent 4-link with coil springs and trailing arm in the rear. Pontiac says the GXP's front struts have internal rebound springs for improved roll stiffness, steering sensitivity and ride control. Stiffer shock valving, spring rates and suspension bushings; solid, larger stabilizer bars; and hydraulic power steering also come on the Torrent GXP.

Safety features on the 2009 Pontiac Torrent include an electronic stability control system with integrated electronic trailer sway control to detect sway, apply brakes and reduce engine torque to manually lower speed, if necessary; OnStar in-vehicle safety and communications system; tire-pressure monitor; front and rear disc brakes with 4-channel ABS; and traction control. The Torrent also features standard dual-stage frontal driver and passenger air bags with passenger-sensing system; head curtain side-impact air bags with rollover-protection sensors; 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 2009 Pontiac Torrent received a perfect 5-star rating for frontal tests for the driver and front passenger, while side-impact testing is yet to be performed. In rollover testing, the Torrent received a 4-star rating for both FWD and AWD models.

The Torrent's standard audio system is a 6-speaker, AM/FM stereo with CD/MP3 player with auxiliary jack input for iPod/MP3 players. XM satellite radio is standard. Optional audio and entertainment systems include an AM/FM stereo entertainment system with 6-disc in-dash CD changer, MP3 and DVD playback; AM/FM stereo with DVD entertainment system, CD and MP3 player, or one with a navigation system, CD and MP3 player; and a Pioneer 260-watt, 7-speaker premium system with sub-woofer and amplifier. The OnStar digital equipment has enhanced hands-free voice-recognition capabilities, as well as vehicle diagnostics and advanced automatic crash notification. Optional is the OnStar Hands-Free Calling and Turn-by-Turn Navigation, and Bluetooth connectivity is also available.


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  • Name FWD 4dr Transmission Automatic MSRP 24820.00 Engine 3.4L/204 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
  • Name GXP (FWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 29420.00 Engine 3.6L/217 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
  • Name AWD 4dr Transmission Automatic MSRP 26815.00 Engine 3.4L/204 City/Hwy MPG 17/24
  • Name GXP (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 31415.00 Engine 3.6L/217 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
  • 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
  • Compass, 8-point digital, located in the Driver Information Center
  • Air conditioning, single-zone manual
  • Defogger, rear-window electric
  • Air filtration system
  • Cup holders, 3 front and 2 rear
  • 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
  • Seat trim, Sport Cloth
  • Seats, heated driver and front passenger
  • Seat adjuster, driver 6-way power with manual lumbar adjuster
  • Armrest, rear center with dual cup holders
  • 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
  • Cup holders, 3 front and 4 rear
  • Map pocket, driver seatback
  • Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming (Included and only available with (PCM) Preferred Package.)
  • 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
  • Luggage rack, roof-mounted, Silver
  • 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
  • Traction control
  • StabiliTrak, vehicle stability enhancement system
  • 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
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
  • Exhaust, stainless-steel
  • Exhaust outlet, stainless-steel
  • Spoiler, rear
  • 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
  • Liftgate, rear with glass
  • 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 (Available for flat-towing)
  • Wheels, 4- 18" x 7" (45.7 cm x 17.8 cm) forged polished aluminum, includes spare tire & wheel
  • Tires, P235/50R18 touring, blackwall
  • 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 chrome-plated tips
  • Bumpers, front and rear body-color with body-color pads
  • Glass, deep-tinted
  • Door handles, chrome
  • All wheel drive
    • Daytime Running Lamps
    • Air bags, dual-stage frontal, driver and 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.)
    • Air bags, dual-stage frontal, driver and front passenger head curtain side-impact, front and rear outboard seating positions (Head curtain side air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and rear seat occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your childs age and size, even in vehicles equipped with air bags. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. See the vehicles Owners Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
    • OnStar, 1-year of Safe and Sound plan. Includes Automatic Crash Notification, Automatic Notification of Air Bag Deployment, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, a link to all Emergency Services, Roadside Assistance, Remote Door Unlock (if equipped), Hands-Free Calling 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-
    • Safety belts, 3-point, driver and 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
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
    • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with CD/MP3 player seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, Radio Data System (RDS), automatic volume, TheftLock and auxiliary input jack for iPod/MP3 player and 6 speakers
    • Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
    • XM Radio. XM Radio includes 3 trial months of service. XM turns your world on with commercial-free music channels from Rock to Jazz, Country to Classical, Latin Pop to Hip Hop, and virtually everything in between, all in amazing digital sound. Turn on your favorite Sports with every Major League Baseball game from Opening Day until the World Series, NHL Hockey, the PGA TOUR and college football and basketball. Plus XM brings you the biggest names in news and talk, outrageous comedy, award-winning family programming -- wherever you go from coast to coast. Exclusive live concerts, Oprah and Friends, Radio Disney, and so much more. Find what turns you on. (Available only in the 48 contiguous United States. Required $12.95 monthly subscription sold separately af
    • Antenna, roof-mounted combination

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