The Pontiac G6 was introduced in 2004 to replace the Pontiac Grand Am. Most of the engine specifics of the Grand Am were retained, but the styling has been remodeled to suit the more conservative packaging of the G6. The ribbed cladding and the rear spoiler that were central to the design template of the Grand Am has been replaced by standard sheet metal. Despite the conservative styling, the G6 was never shy of convenient features; remote starting system, traction control/ABS, automatic headlights, and panoramic sunroof became standard on all GT models.
The base model “V6” and the sportier “GT” were the two trim levels that were available when the Pontiac G6 debuted in the market. Both trims ran on a 3.5L pushrod V6 engine that produced 200 hp, and 300 Nm of torque. The features of the base model included keyless entry, six-speaker CD stereo, split folding rear seat, power locks, windows, and mirrors.
Driving for power
A coupe and a retractable hard top convertible has been added to the body style choices during the 2006 model year. The four-cylinder “SE” and the high-performance “GTP” were also introduced as new trim options. The base engine has been reduced to 2.4L DOHC incline-4 with 169 hp; this was implemented to give way to the sport-package offering of the new trims and body styles that offered the previous 3.5L engine. An engine updates for the more expensive trims was also offered; a 3.9L VVT with 240 hp engine became available.
The 2007 model year saw more engine changes. The former 3.5L that ran on V6 engine has been updated to VVT to raise the horsepower to 224. The 3.6L DOHC V6 with 24 valves and VVT also saw an increase with horsepower to 252. Subtle interior updates also saw the light of day, standard side torso and side curtain bags were new.
Updates design cues
Midway through the 2009 model year, the G6 was given a facelift beginning from the front fascia, to its rear end. However, the last US-built Pontiac automobiles rolled off the assembly line on November 25, 2009. The final 100 Pontiac G6 units were built to complete a then-existing fleet order before the automobile was finally cancelled. After the 2009 model year, GM began marketing the Buick brand in Mexico as a replacement for the Pontiac trade name; the G6 was then replaced by the larger Buick LaCrosse.