Pontiac adds two new body styles to the model lineup for 2006 with a two-door coupe and a retractable hardtop convertible joining the G6, which was introduced as a four-door sedan for 2005. Additional updates for 2006 include a GTP performance version of the coupe and convertible, a 167-hp engine for the sedan, four-way power seat adjustment, and new 18-inch wheels.
Pontiac launched the G6, the replacement for the venerable Grand Am, as a 2005 model with help from The Oprah Winfrey Show, with each member of the studio audience receiving keys to one of the new cars on the 2005 season premiere. For 2006, Pontiac expands the G6 lineup with a two-door coupe and a convertible with a power-retracting hardtop. The sedan and coupe are available in G6, GT, and GTP trim levels, while the convertible comes as a GT or GTP. The G6 sedan draws power from a 167-hp, 2.4L four-cylinder engine. The GT models have 201-hp, 3.5L V-6 engines. The GTP versions get 240-hp, 3.9L V-6s. A 4-speed automatic transmission is standard equipment, though a 6-speed manual can be ordered for the GTP sedan and coupe.
The basic G6 sedan comes with air conditioning, a CD stereo system, a four-way power adjustable driver's seat with adjustable lumbar support, a tilt and telescoping steering column, power windows/locks/mirrors, variable intermittent wipers, a theft-deterrent system, and front air bags, with side and curtain air bags on an options list that includes power-adjustable pedals, six-way power front seats, heated seats, leather-trimmed seats, an in-dash, 6-disc CD changer, and remote vehicle starting. The GT includes a V-6 engine and 17-inch wheels, an inch larger than those on the base sedan. The GTP gets the most powerful engine as well as a sport-tuned suspension, GM's electronic stability control system (StabiliTrak), 18-inch wheels, automatic climate controls, and leather seating.
The G6 sedan can be equipped with a panoramic roof that includes four sliding glass panels for an open-air driving experience. Three of the four panels slide rearward while the front panel tilts up to act as a wind deflector. Or, for a fully open driving experience, the G6 convertible hardtop retracts into the trunk.
The Pontiac G6 competes in the Midsize Conventional segment, which is comprised of 19 mid-level sedans and hatchbacks and thus is an extremely competitive set where price and features-especially entertainment and safety-are crucial factors.
According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the segment is dominated by the Toyota Camry (376,803 units sold in calendar year 2005) and Honda Accord (369,293). Other high-volume models include the Nissan Altima (255,371), Chevrolet Malibu (245,861), Ford Taurus (196,919), and Hyundai Sonata (130,365). The Pontiac G6 ranked seventh in segment sales, selling 124,844 units in calendar year 2005.
|GT||4 speed automatic||$21,165||201-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl||21/29|
|GTP||4 speed automatic||$22,865||240-hp / 3.9L 6-cyl||18/26|