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SPY SHOTS! Pontiac Torrent GXP

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SPY SHOTS! 2008 Pontiac Torrent GXP

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Pontiac injects a bit more soul into the respectable Torrent crossover with a new performance trim bowing next year.

From the photos, it can be seen that the exterior bodywork remains largely the same with clear differences being added intakes on the lower fascia and new, presumably more aggressive grille inserts. New large wheels are evident as well as chromed exterior door handles. Unseen in this perspective, the rear of the Torrent has been reworked to accommodate dual exhaust tips, which will likely be chrome-tipped. A keen observer will notice the Torrent's lowered ride height, another nod to the performance trim.

Inside, expect this Pontiac to remain largely unchanged.

Mechanically, expect GM's 'high-feature' 3.6l V6 putting out 275hp. A mating to a 5-speed automatic is most likely to round out the powertrain refinements.

Production is expected to begin in July of 2007 for the 2008 model year carrying either the GT or GXP trim designation. Expect the first public look at either the Chicago or New York Auto Show, although an early showing by either this or the Equinox SS at Detroit is not out of the question.

Special thanks to Chris Doane for the photography and information!

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so... it's a torrent with a 275hp 3.6....

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GM should have used the modified RWD Theta platform that the Grand Vitara uses. Then the Torrent really could have been a performance SUV. They could have introduced a lighter RWD Torrent with that kind of power and an optional AWD model. I don't know why GM didn't wait for Suzuki to convert Theta to RWD before they introduced the Torrent...I can understand the Equinox because the Grand Vitara probably hadn't even been thought of yet.

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GM should have used the modified RWD Theta platform that the Grand Vitara uses. Then the Torrent really could have been a performance SUV. They could have introduced a lighter RWD Torrent with that kind of power and an optional AWD model. I don't know why GM didn't wait for Suzuki to convert Theta to RWD before they introduced the Torrent...I can understand the Equinox because the Grand Vitara probably hadn't even been thought of yet.

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...would have? Don't hold your breath. :rolleyes:

I don't know why they would even bother.

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Wow, it really can't be a good sign if seemingly very few people give a damn about it.

Though I must say, that includes me. A powerful V6 in a Torrent and I really don't care. Maybe because it's pretty much the kind of engine the Torrent (and Equinox) should've had available from the beginning? Maybe because the Torrent never thrilled me in any aspect from the moment it was launched?

I don't know but I just don't care about it at all.

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GM should have used the modified RWD Theta platform that the Grand Vitara uses. Then the Torrent really could have been a performance SUV. They could have introduced a lighter RWD Torrent with that kind of power and an optional AWD model. I don't know why GM didn't wait for Suzuki to convert Theta to RWD before they introduced the Torrent...I can understand the Equinox because the Grand Vitara probably hadn't even been thought of yet.

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If the Grand Vitara used a modified RWD Theta platform, which it doesn't...
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If the Grand Vitara used a modified RWD Theta platform, which it doesn't...

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Yes and no. Suzuki worked on the Theta.

The Grand Vitara does have a few similar mechanics as the Theta, but it is RWD...

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Yes and no. Suzuki worked on the Theta.

The Grand Vitara does have a few similar mechanics as the Theta, but it is RWD...

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It just uses some Theta components... like the suspension. It is still a unique platform from Theta.
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I don't want to argue, but I'm pretty sure that the current Grand Vitara is RWD.

Now the new XL-7 is a Theta.

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Personally, I'd call it the Torrent 3.6L. The HFV6 is a welcome addition.

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Personally, I'd call it the Torrent 3.6L. The HFV6 is a welcome addition.

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I am actually looking forward to this and the Equinox SS. I don't care if they call it a GXP, SS, anyting else, or nothing. I simply would like a small to mid sized car based SUV with pretty good performance....and don't want to go for the Toyota Rav4 right now.

We'd actually lean a bit more toward the styling of the Equinoxx over this...but in all honesty our next car will probably be one of those or maybe the new redesigned Vue.

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also notice that the equinox ss spy shot doesn't have the roof rails....neither does the production Trailblazer SS, nor does the Saturn Vue Redline.....yet the Pontiac does.

I was under the impression that the "GXP" and "SS" versions of Suv's were going to go without the roof rails.

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Personally, I'd call it the Torrent 3.6L. The HFV6 is a welcome addition.

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Agreed. The 269 horsepower RAV4 V6 is simply a 269 horsepower RAV4 V6.

As ridiculous as this might sound, calling it what it is (Torrent 3.6) would probably allow it to garner more positive reviews. "GXP" sets the bar too high for expectations.

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i agree, "GXP" puts the bar really high, for it only not to meet expectations.

I do like the engine and grille changes. Is it going to be on the FWD or AWD models?

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This is the engine that should be standard in the Torrent. If they want a GXP, it needs to have 300+HP.

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Shoot, we've all cried about the supposed wimpy Chinese V6 in the current Torrent/Equi, but in the real world, it feels plenty adequate. This thing will have 95 hp more than the current version, with much more torque. Why must we sell it short already?
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The 269 horsepower RAV4 V6 is simply a 269 horsepower RAV4 V6.

Well, all Toyota has is the TuRD name, and the least amount of models that get called that is probably a good thing.

Back on topic, the base engine should be something more than the current boat anchor. I have no problem with the GXP name for this engine, as long as the truck gets a whole host of suspension changes also.

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As far as the GXP credentials go, please read all of the original post, especially the part that states this vehicle could carry either the GT or GXP tag.

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No badging on the side of the Torrent GT/GXP or Equinox SS? What's up with that? The only thing I can think of is that they are struggling with the names of the vehicles. Or it's only on the back, which would be weird and different from all the others. Still I like them. The name is the only thing people are having a hard time coming to grips with. The new engine is needed.

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The Chinese motor is probably (more than) adequate but its time to offer us the good stuff. I doubt most people wouldnt even know what was under the hood until all the magz blew it up.

It absolutely has to have everything tweaked. It seems being stiff as a board would garner a free pass like honda and bmws entries but i would hope its tuned

a little more appropriately. Gt? GXP? ehh. Gt would be nice only because that

would leave open the possibility for a bigger engine. or one with a turbo or supercharger slapped on it.

Either way a more respected motor coupled with the modest exterior and clever interior could only help boost sales. and of course the price has got to be on.

275 hp pontiac torrent-now were talking? keep it coming.

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Back on topic, the base engine should be something more than the current boat anchor.  I have no problem with the GXP name for this engine, as long as the truck gets a whole host of suspension changes also.

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meaning ... the 3.5L HV engine as base? sounds good to me.

if this is the GXP is has to have a 6speed...if it's a 5 speed, it better be the GTP at most.

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If the Grand Vitara used a modified RWD Theta platform, which it doesn't...

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As far as I currently know the Grand Vitara rides on a heavily revised Theta 'derived' platform. It isn't considered Theta because the changes are significant, as you probably know the Grand Vitara now rides on a unibody chassis with an integrated ladder frame compared to the previous body on frame design. I merely called it a RWD Theta because I don't know the name of the new platform. Unless you plan on providing more information other than your short blurbs...whats your point? Why not provide information that will better educate me and others who may or may not be misinformed?

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