Pontiac Torrent

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Pontiac Torrent
Pontiac Torrent -- 08-28-2009.jpg
Manufacturer CAMI Automotive (General Motors Canada)
Production 2005–2009
Model years 2006–2009
Assembly Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size crossover SUV
Layout Transverse front-engine, front-wheel drive / all-wheel drive
Platform GM Theta platform/GMT191
Related Chevrolet Equinox
Saturn Vue
Opel Antara
Suzuki XL7
Engine 3.4 L (204 CID)[1] LNJ V6
3.6 L (217 CID)[1] LY7 V6
Transmission Aisin AF33 5-speed automatic
GM 6T70 6-speed automatic
Wheelbase 112.5 in (2,858 mm)
Length 188.8 in (4,796 mm)
Width 71.4 in (1,814 mm)
Height 69.3 in (1,760 mm)
Predecessor Pontiac Aztek
Successor GMC Terrain
Buick Envision

The Pontiac Torrent is a sport utility vehicle (SUV) that was offered by Pontiac, being the successor of the Pontiac Aztek. It was manufactured at CAMI Automotive in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada by General Motors 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 as a 2006 model.

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 with the 5-Speed Aisin AF33 automatic transmission.

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.


2008 Pontiac Torrent GXP

The GXP trim came with a new 6 speed automatic Transmission (with Manual Tap Up/Down shifting capability) paired to a 3.6 L 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 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.

GM prominently promoted the Torrent GXP in television advertisements by touting its horsepower advantage over the BMW X3, in an effort to brand Pontiac more as a direct, low-cost rival to BMW.[2]

Podium Edition[edit]

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2008 Pontiac Torrent Podium Edition at the
Montreal Auto Show

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


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.[3] 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 2008. Like the Torrent, the GMC Terrain shares the same Theta platform.

The last one rolled off the assembly line in 2009.


Years Engine Power Torque
2006–2009 3.4 L LNJ V6 185 hp (138 kW) 210 lb·ft (285 N·m)
2008–2009 3.6 L LY7 V6 264 hp (197 kW) 250 lb·ft (339 N·m)


Calendar year Sales (US)
2005 10,303[4]
2006 43,174[5]
2007 32,644[5]
2008 20,625[6]
2009 9,638
Total 116,375


  1. ^ a b "2008 Pontiac Torrent" (Press release). GM. August 1, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Pontiac Commercial - Details". YouTube. YouTube. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Migliori, Craig (August 19, 2009). "General Motors cancels plans for Buick compact crossover". AutoWeek. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  4. ^ "GM Reports 392,041 Deliveries in December" (Press release). GM. January 4, 2006. 
  5. ^ a b "GM Reports 323,453 December Deliveries; 3.87 Million Vehicles Sold in 2007" (Press release). GM. January 3, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Deliveries December 09" (XLS). media.gm.com/content. Retrieved 2010-04-02. 

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