- Sporty, small five-door available in spring 2009
- Fuel-efficient 1.6L four-cylinder engine achieves 34 mpg
- Uncommonly high level of standard content, passenger room within segment
Expanding its portfolio in the rapidly growing small car segment,
Pontiac announced plans to bring the sporty, five-door hatchback G3 to
U.S. showrooms early next year. When it arrives, the G3 will provide
Pontiac with a total of four vehicles capable of more than 30 miles per
gallon on the highway.
Already successful in Canada (as the
Pontiac G3 Wave) and Mexico (as a sedan model), the G3 offers an EPA
estimated 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway while providing
the best shoulder and hip room in the segment for seating five adults.
“The small car segment has literally exploded in recent months, with
sales up nearly 33 percent in the first six months of 2008 alone,” said
Susan Docherty, vice president of Buick-Pontiac-GMC. “With its proven
success in other markets, we felt the time was right to bring the G3
into the BPG portfolio for our U.S. customers.”
The 2009 G3 will
join the all-new 2009 Vibe (32 mpg) and recently enhanced 2009 versions
of the G6 sedan (33 mpg) and G5 coupe (37 mpg) in Pontiac’s “Over 30”
“More than ever, fuel economy is an important factor in
Pontiac’s formula of style and performance,” said Docherty. “The Vibe,
G3, G5, and G6 prove that you don’t have to sacrifice sporty design and
responsive driving to achieve impressive fuel economy.”
Generating 106 horsepower (79 kW), the G3’s 1.6L Ecotec four-cylinder
engine is mated to a five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic
transmission. It will also feature an unusually rich mix of standard
features for an entry-level car, including air conditioning, a CD/MP3
audio system with auxiliary input jack, fog lamps, rear spoiler,
OnStar, and a host of standard safety features, including four airbags,
that gain the G3 a five-star frontal crash rating.
space is optimized to comfortably seat five adults, including
“theater”-style seating for rear seat passengers. The rear seats also
feature a 60/40 split to offer up to 42 cubic feet of cargo space.
The Pontiac G3 will arrive in U.S. showrooms in spring 2009 as a 2009
model and will be backed by GM’s five-year 100,000 mile powertrain
warranty. Pricing will be announced closer to introduction.