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2009.5 Pontiac G6 Preview

1/1/2009
Critical Knowledge:
  • New powertrain options, including a 4-cylinder G6 coupe with 33 mpg rating
  • 6-speed automatic transmission with GM's TAPshift manual shifting system
  • Revised front and rear exterior styling inspired by the Pontiac G8
  • Interior upgrades across G6 model lineup (except the performance GXP, which retains its unique style)
  • 17-inch chrome wheel covers standard on base 4-cylinder, 6-speed automatic coupes/sedans
  • Updated 17-inch alloy wheel with Sun-and-Sound package
  • Optional MY LINK communications package
  • On sale at dealerships in January 2009

Introduction
In a mid-year freshening, Pontiac's G6, the division's best-selling model for half a decade, gets new front and rear styling enhancements along with a revised instrument panel and additional powertrain options. Because it arrives in dealerships in January, Pontiac is using a half-year model designation for the updated G6. New for 2009.5, the G6 coupe will be offered with a 164-hp, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder Ecotec engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The transmission includes Pontiac's TAPshift manual shifting with steering-wheel-mounted paddle controls. This engine gets 33 mpg on the highway, the same fuel-economy performance as the current G6 sedan. A flex-fuel variant of the 2.4-liter Ecotec engine will also be available as a no-cost option. All non-GXP G6 coupe, sedan and convertible models will receive interior upgrades, while the performance-minded G6 GXP model (all-new in 2008) retains its own unique styling and powertrain.

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