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Pontiac Updates G6

Wednesday November 19, 2008

Hitting dealer lots in January of 2009, the updated (MY 2009.5) Pontiac G6 is essentially updated from its position as the oldest of the currently existing Epsilons to matching the Malibu in terms of equipment/amenities and arguably even in design. This new G6 goes a long way in refreshing the Pontiac midsize sedan.

Prominent among the list of upgrades is a new fascia, which matches the other newer members of the Pontiac lineup, such as the redesigned 2009 Vibe, as well as the Pontiac G8. Overall, the look is edgier and considered sportier than the former, rounder design of the G6 and it also unifies sedan, coupe and convertible as one model with a common fascia. This new nose of the G6 features revised lights and a grille inspired by other, newer Pontiacs that came after the G6, among other modifications. Other changes to the exterior include:

  • Body colour mirrors and painted rockers on the sedan and coupe. An updated spoiler is available for base model sedans and is standard on the GT models.
  • New rear fascias unique to the sedan and coupe/convertible accommodate both single and dual exhaust, as well as larger diameter exhaust tips.
  • 17-inch chrome wheel covers are now standard equipped on all four-cylinder, six-speed automatic sedans and coupes. An updated 17-inch wheel will be standard as a part of the popular Sun-and-Sound package.

But, the updates are not limited to the front of the car. Another major point worth highlighting is that the interior of the car has received some updates as well. Gone is the old radio, which has now been replaced with what is known to many as GM’s black-tie radio, and the climate control switchgear has also been replaced with something that is more in common with what its GM midsizer brethren feature.

With the audio system upgrade, the G6 now is able to play MP3s and has an auxiliary input and a USB port for iPod integration as well. it will also feature GM’s new My Link, which GM says:

…integrates audio system, Bluetooth telephone, XM satellite radio and OnStar navigation functions in one simple package. It includes an upgraded USB-equipped radio system, allowing for direct control of various portable music players, plus provides a full year of both XM radio and OnStar Directions and Connections services.

There have also been updates to the interior trim: new dark satin nickel trim accents on the steering wheel, door panels, and shifter plate. New two-tone seats in an ebony-light taupe colour combination are available in either cloth or leather for all models, offering an option to the standard ebony seats. A new optional ebony-titanium colour leather seating package is also available on all GT and GXP model.

As for powertrains, General Motors lists the changes as follows:

  • For the first time, the G6 coupe will be available with GM’s fuel sipping, 164-horsepower 2.4L four-cylinder Ecotec engine. Linked to a six-speed automatic transmission, the coupe’s new powertrain combo is capable of the same 33 miles per gallon fuel efficiency as the current G6 sedan and also incorporates a new TAPshift manual shift system with steering wheel-mounted paddle controls.
  • In those areas where E85 ethanol-based fuel is readily available, a FlexFuel version of the 219-horsepower 3.5L V6 will be available as a no-cost alternative to the standard 3.5L engine on all body styles.
  • The optional 222-horsepower 3.9L V6 for the G6 convertible remains unchanged, as does the standard 252-horsepower 3.6L V6 in all GXP models.

All photos ©General Motors Corp.

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