2009.5 Brings 4-Cylinder G6 Coupe
November 4, 2008
In a time of uncertain gas prices and changing consumer demands with vehicles, one of the changes General Motors has made on the 2009.5 G6 engine selection actually makes sense. In the past the GT and GXP Coupe models were only available with V6 powertrains. The GT had the 3.5L OHV VVT V6, while the GXP had the well-known 3.6L High-Feature V6 and a six-speed automatic. It now appears that GT and GXP Coupe models will be joined by a "SE" model. Just the other day that cosmetic changes made to the 2009.5 G6 became known through an advertisement Pontiac had in this month's automotive magazines.
Starting with this "2009.5" model, G6 Coupe models will have the ECOTEC 2.4L VVT four-cylinder and a six-speed automatic standard. The engine produces 164 HP and 156 lb.-ft. of torque. This seems like a logical addition to the G6 Coupe line considering current market conditions. One has to ponder why GM did not have a four-cylinder coupe all along.
In addition to the new four-cylinder, the G6 line has a revised front fascia to better match it with its newer brothers; the G8 and Vibe. You'll note the new, square-ish grille and revised lower air damn. 2009.5 also brings all new switchgear to the G6; updating it to the same "Black-Tie" units that nearly all GM vehicles now use. The driver information center is no longer on the radio; new gauges have been installed with a traditional DIC location.
We anticipate the 2009.5 G6 to start showing up anytime. GM's online order guide has been updated to reflect the 2009.5 model and it is showing up in GM dealership's AutoBook.
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