PONTIAC NEW CAR MODEL GUIDE
Pontiac brand from General Motors, pegged for
racy styling and sporty performance in a collection
of sleek coupes and sedans, also promotes minivans
and crossover wagons. New models for 2005 include
the sleek G6, a mid-size sedan developed to supplant
the Grand Am, and the Montana SV6, a crossover
sport van with seven-passenger seating.
Pontiac's new mid-size sedan, cast on a long-wheelbase
front-wheel-drive (FWD) platform which also supports
Chevrolet's Malibu and the 9-3 of Pontiac, looks
sleek but athletic on a taut package with brief
overhangs and wheels pushed out to the corners.
The prow, with Pontiac's signature twin-port grille,
shows chrome accents and reflective-optic headlamps
plus projector-beam fog lamps with clear lenses.
A spacious five-seat cabin in G6 brings a driver-oriented
cockpit with bolstered bucket seats in front of
a split bench which folds for flexibility when
arranging riders and gear. An optional panoramic
roof with four sliding glass panels opens the
top almost like a convertible.
trims -- base G6 and G6 GT -- draw from a new
3.5-liter V6 with 200 hp through a four-speed
automatic Hydra-Matic 4T45-E transaxle that adds
a manual shift mode on the GT. Mechanical assets
include four-wheel independent suspension with
sport tuning, electric power steering and heavy-duty
disc brakes with anti-lock brake system (ABS),
plus the option of a traction control system (TCS)
for the G6 GT. Side-impact air bags for front
seats and curtain-style side air bags are also
available, along with adjustable pedals and XM
satellite radio service.
Pontiac revived the nameplate for its muscle-car
icon from the 1960s in a modern interpretation
that emerged in 2004 with a V8 engine from the
Corvette sports car. The hallowed GTO badge applies
to the shapely two-door body of a rear-wheel-drive
(RWD) coupe called Monaro that's built by Holden,
a GM subsidiary in Australia. Then it's spiked
with Corvette's engine, which for 2005 upgrades
to the new LS2 V8 pumping 400 hp. The GTO totes
'Vette transmissions as well. Standard is a heavy-duty
four-speed automatic, but a close-ratio manual
by Tremec with six forward gears is optional.
also carries a limited slip differential linked
to TCS and four-wheel disc brakes with ABS. The
body, conformed to the GTO characteristics of
a long prow and curt tail, reveals curvilinear
shapes with scant overhangs fore and aft. A 2+2
cockpit contains bolstered buckets in color-coordinated
leather, a steering wheel in satin-finish chrome,
plus metal pedals and a premium sound system.
New models gain a dual-exhaust system and such
exterior options as a hood scoop.
Pontiac's mid-size sedan scored a makeover in
2004 that resulted in a smooth new exterior shape
and a cabin with flexible flat-fold seats to carve
out more room for cargo. Two trim designations
with different powertrains work as the GT and
GTP, but the latter also offers a Competition
Group ('Comp G') package with suspension tweaking
and sporty paraphernalia. The GT pulls from GM's
3.8-liter V6 racked to 200 hp. The GTP goes further
through supercharging to pump the action to 260
GTP's Comp G kit includes StabiliTrak Sport, a
four-wheel vehicle stability system that enhances
tire traction during cornering maneuvers. Further,
two thumb-sized paddles -- labeled TAPshift for
Touch Activated Power -- are mounted on right
and left spokes of the steering wheel. A shift-it-yourself
kind of driver can use the thumb and forefinger
to move the paddles forward or backward and step
up or down the powertrain's gear ladder in the
same way race drivers control their open-wheel
machines with finger-flicking upshifts and downshifts.
OnStar telecommunications is the standard now
for all Grand Prix issues, with optional gear
extending to a new dual-zone air conditioning
system, DVD-based navigation and a remote starter.
The full-size Bonneville sedan culminates with
the GXP edition, which brings a performance powertrain
and special exterior adornments like curvy fascia,
unique shapes for headlamps and tail lamps, big
exhaust pipes at the tail and a spoiler. The GXP's
engine, a 4.6-liter NorthStar V8, delivers 275
hp through a four-speed Hydra-Matic 4T80-E automatic
Bonneville SE and SLE use a 3.8-liter V6 plant
that makes 205 hp. The cabin for the GXP contains
rich appointments like suede inserts on the leather
seats and a shifter handle in brushed aluminum.
The sporty Pontiac subcompact continues strictly
as a two-door coupe with four trim variations.
All stock the EcoTec 2.2-liter in-line-four engine
set at 140 hp. A five-speed Getrag manual goes
to the first two trims, but a four-speed automatic
Hydra-Matic 4T45-E works with the other two. Front
styling includes cat-eye headlamps flanking a
dual-port grille and integrated fog lamps in the
fascia. Options this year range from the subscription-based
XM satellite radio service to a sport package
with 16-inch Chrome Tech wheels and tight sport
suspension tuning, or Monsoon audio gear with
eight speakers and a CD deck capable of playing
MP3 format files.
five-door subcompact crossover wagon has agile
road manners like a small four-door sports sedan
plus the cargo capability of a sport-utility and
the miserly fuel efficiency and attractive price
points of an economy car. Exterior styling looks
aggressive, with a new front fascia and grille
styled like the G6 and Bonneville GXP. The Vibe's
structure is tall, which accommodates seats that
rise high like chairs and creates voluminous space
for people and equipment. A track system in the
floor of the cargo bay adapts with various accessory
kits to mount sports equipment like a mountain
bike or snowboard.
price-leading FWD Vibe and Vibe AWD tote an economical
four-cylinder engine that hits 130 hp. The Vibe
GT with FWD skews toward the sporty side with
a high-performance 170 hp engine tied to a six-speed
manual transmission. Vibe's base model also offers
a boost by supercharging through a SPO (Service
and Parts Operations) kit installed at a Pontiac
dealer. Expect to gain about 30 percent in horsepower
and 18 percent more torque with the supercharger
aboard. New options for the 2005 Vibe range from
leather seats to StabiliTrak stability controller
and curtain-style side air bags.
Pontiac tags Aztek as a sport-recreation vehicle
(SRV) and casts it as a multi-purpose machine
to accommodate active lifestyles with room aboard
for hauling recreational equipment. Aztek stocks
standard FWD traction or the AWD Versatrak system.
The smart mechanism detects tire rotational differences
between front and rear wheels during low-traction
conditions, then directs power to either or both
rear wheels momentarily before actual tire slippage
occurs at the front wheels.
power comes from a 3.4-liter V6 that produces
185 hp with a four-speed Hydra-Matic 4T65-E automatic
transaxle. A Rally Edition sparks the series with
the suspension dropped, 17-inch chrome wheels
on the ground, a chrome-tipped exhaust pipe at
the tail and the body coated in look-at-me paint
like Fusion Orange or Silver Metallic.
A stretched wheelbase version of Pontiac's minivan
-- with FWD traction and seats for as many as
eight passengers -- is the only version offered
in 2005 as production tapers to make way for the
Montana SV6. The sole power plant is GM's 3.4-liter
V6 for 185 hp with a Hydra-Matic four-speed automatic
transaxle. Two new body colors -- Sedona Beige
Metallic and Dark Blue Metallic -- pop up on the
paint palette, and options extend to MontanaVision,
a DVD-based video entertainment system for viewing
by backseat riders.
Pontiac's class of 2005 includes a new crossover
sport van (CSV) that usurps the moniker of the
Montana minivan with an extra tag of SV6 to denote
a V6 engine. Its wheelbase stretches for nine
inches longer than Montana and the cabin has a
capacity for seven riders plus cargo. Styling
for the external package adopts beefy cues from
a sport-utility vehicle with squared shoulders
but Pontiac's dual-port grille in front. Space
inside is organized with seats lined in three
tiers and a flat load floor in back. Seats on
the second and third rows may be removed to make
room for more gear, or the back bench, divided
in half, folds forward at the seatback.
comes from a new 3.5-liter V6 that makes 200 hp
with a four-speed automatic transaxle. GM's Versatrak
AWD traction mechanism is optional, along with
the GM's StabiliTrak vehicle stability system.
A package of DVD video entertainment equipment
is stock for SV6, and the list of options has
items like side-impact air bags, OnStar telecommunications,
a 110-volt power outlet and a remote starter.
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