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Pontiac Torrent
Pontiac Torrent -- 08-28-2009
Manufacturer CAMI Automotive
Parent company General Motors
Production 2005–2009
Assembly Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada
Predecessor Pontiac Aztek
Successor GMC Terrain
Class Mid-size crossover SUV
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Platform GM Theta platform
Engine(s) 3.4 L (204 CID)[1] LNJ V6
3.6 L (217 CID)[1] LY7 V6
Transmission(s) Aisin AF33 5-speed automatic
Wheelbase 112.5 in (2858 mm)
Length 188.8 in (4796 mm)
Width 71.4 in (1814 mm)
Height 69.3 in (1760 mm)
Fuel capacity 16 US gal (61 L/13 imp gal)
Related Chevrolet Equinox
Saturn Vue
Opel Antara
Suzuki XL7

The Pontiac Torrent is a sport utility vehicle (SUV) that was offered by the Pontiac division of General Motors, being the successor of the discontinued Pontiac Aztek. It was manufactured at CAMI Automotive in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada, and it replaced the U-body Aztek as the company's crossover SUV for 2006. The Torrent was essentially a Chevrolet Equinox on the Theta platform. The Torrent was introduced at the 2005 Los Angeles Auto Show and went on sale in late summer 2005.

The Torrent shared its basic body structure and mechanicals with the Equinox; however, the Torrent had a different front and rear end which makes it appear like a Pontiac rather than a Chevrolet. The suspension was also modified to be firmer and sportier and was dubbed FE2. Finally, the electronic power steering was also recalibrated to deliver a firmer, less artificial feel. The Torrent shared the Equinox's 185 hp (138 kW/188 PS) 3.4 L V6 built in China. It was mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission that is made in Japan.

The Pontiac Torrent was featured as one of the prizes in the reality television series Survivor in 2005 as well as Criss Angel Mindfreak in the same year.

GXPEdit

The GXP trim comes with a new 6 speed automatic Transmission (with Manual Tap Up/Down shifting capability) paired to a 3.6L DOHC SFI V6 with 264 hp (197 kW/268 PS) engine, (with a reported 0-60 mph time of 6.9 seconds). Other features include: 18 inch 5-spoke chrome wheels, twin hood scoops, and a unique front and rear body kit. The GXP edition Torrent is 188.80 inches (4,796 mm) long overall, 71.40 inches (1,814 mm) wide, and 68.30 inches (1,735 mm) tall. The GXP Torrent sits 1 inch (25 mm) lower to the ground and has 6.6 inches (170 mm) of ground clearance. The lower stance is accented by the 18 inch wheels and the absent roof rack, giving the Torrent a smoother design flow compared to the standard Torrent. The GXP model also features a performance-tuned suspension, hydraulic power-assisted steering (as opposed to the electric power-assisted standard Torrent), improved interior trim (featuring piano black and chrome trim on the console and dash gauges), dual chrome-tipped exhaust, and GXP specific gauges and console trim. A navigation system is an option along with heated sport leather seats, DVD entertainment system, and Sunroof. The GXP became available for sale in the fall of 2007.

Podium EditionEdit

For the 2008 model year, the Torrent gets the Podium Edition trim for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. This trim is sold only in Canada.

DiscontinuationEdit

The Torrent was discontinued after the 2009 model year as part of General Motors having dropped the Pontiac brand. A Buick Theta crossover SUV was supposed to be made, effectively taking place of the Pontiac Torrent.[2] But instead, GM gave up the Torrent to the GMC brand, and renamed it the GMC Terrain, which also replaces the body-on-frame GMC Envoy and Isuzu Ascender (a rebadged GMC Envoy) because of Isuzu leaving the United States market after 2009. Like the Torrent, the GMC Terrain shares the same Theta platform.

SalesEdit

Calendar year Sales (US)
2005 10,303[3]
2006 43,174[4]
2007 32,644[4]
2008 20,625[5]
2009 9,638

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