Pontiac Torrent

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The Pontiac Torrent is the latest sport utility vehicle (SUV) offered by the Pontiac division of General Motors, being the successor of the discontinued Pontiac Aztek. It is 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 is 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 shares its basic body structure and mechanicals with the Equinox; however, the Torrent has 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 shares the Equinox’s 185 hp (138 kW; 188 PS) 3.4 L V6 built in China. It is 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.

The new 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).[citation needed] 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 an 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(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.

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.

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