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New Introductions at the Greater Los Angeles Autoshow 2005


Pontiac G6 Coupe & Hardtop


Chevy WCC HHR


Chevy HHR


Pontiac Torrent


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2005 Greater Los
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Pontiac Torrent
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Pontiac Torrent
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Pontiac Torrent
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Pontiac Torrent
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Equipment features include:

  • Five-passenger seating

  • Power door locks with remote keyless entry

  • Power windows

  • Air conditioning

  • Rear liftgate with defogger and washer/wiper

  • CD stereo with six speakers

  • Multi-position sliding and folding 60/40-split rear seat

  • Flat-folding front passenger seat for longer cargo items

  • Fog lamps

  • 16-inch aluminum wheels

  • Four-channel ABS standard on AWD (available on FWD)

  • Dual-stage driver and front passenger air bags

  • Configurable cargo area

Powertrain and suspension

A 3400 V-6 powers the Torrent. This compact and mass efficient 60-degree OHV V-6 generates 185 horsepower (138 kW) at 5200 rpm and 210 lb.-ft. of torque (285 Nm) at 3800 rpm. The engine is mated to a five-speed AF33-5 .transmission that features multiple shift schedules that adapt to varied load conditions.

Torrentís suspension is tuned to provide the crisp, responsive handling of a performance sedan. It has a MacPherson strut front suspension and four-link independent rear suspension, with a special tuning package designed to minimize ride oscillation and provide a heightened sense of control.

Electric power steering (EPS) is standard on all models. It is a speed-sensitive, variable-effort system that is tuned to match the performance characteristics of the vehicle. EPS eliminates the use of an engine-driven power steering pump, as well as the corresponding fluid reservoir and plumbing, reducing both fuel consumption and the potential source of an environmental contaminant.

Four-channel ABS brakes are standard on AWD models and available on FWD models. The brakes consist of vented front discs and rear drums. All models come with standard 16-inch wheels, and 17-inch aluminum wheels are available. Traction control is standard on FWD vehicles equipped with the available ABS.

Safety

Torrentís structure is designed to protect occupants in the event of a crash, illustrating just one of numerous standard safety features including dual-stage frontal air bags, three-point safety belts for all seating positions and the LATCH child safety seat retention system. Roof-rail side curtain air bags are available.

The 2006 Torrent is expected to arrive in dealerships in the second half of 2005.

 

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The new 2006 Pontiac Torrent expands Pontiac ís total performance boundaries by combining car-like agility with SUV capability and versatility. Pontiac revealed the Torrent at the 2005 Greater Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Torrent has a bold, sporty design complemented by a multi-purpose interior that is configurable to countless uses, including a rear seat that adjusts fore and aft. The adjustable rear seat can provide more legroom for rear-seat passengers when moved rearward or increase the size of the cargo area when moved forward. The rear seat also reclines.

Torrent is one of the largest vehicles in its class and features a 185-horsepower (138 kW) 3400 V-6 backed by a five-speed automatic transmission. It is available in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models. Torrent also is packed with unexpected details and many standard features that are either extra-cost options or unavailable on competitorsí vehicles.

Torrent also offers a host of comfort- and convenience-minded options, including leather-trimmed seats and steering wheel, heated driver and front passenger seats, power-adjustable driver seat, 17-inch aluminum wheels, CD/MP3 stereo with six-disc CD changer and subwoofer, steering-wheel radio controls, power sunroof, multi-tier rear cargo system, OnStar and XM Satellite Radio. Roof-rail side curtain air bags and traction control also are available. (Traction control is available only on front-wheel drive models.)

Torrentís roomy and configurable interior provides room for people and their stuff. The sliding rear seat has eight inches of travel, which increases cargo space behind the rear seat by almost five cubic feet when the seat is moved all the way up from the normal position. The front passenger seat back also folds flat, creating a very long load area that stretches from the rear of the vehicle to the instrument panel. Total interior volume is 138.6 cubic feet (3925 liters).

The rear seatís adjustability provides increased legroom for rear-seat passengers, and a reclining feature enhances comfort. When the 60/40 split folding seat is forward, rear cargo space is significantly increased. Integrated storage areas throughout the interior were designed for everything from sunglasses to coins, CDs, coffee cups and water bottles. The rear cargo area has an available innovative Cargo Storage System with storage bins in the floor and wheel wells plus a lightweight polycarbonate shelf that can be placed in various positions for differing cargo needs. It has hooks for grocery bags and can even be configured as a table for tailgate parties. Three 12-volt power outlets also are standard.

Customers can choose a variety of available features to further enhance their comfort and convenience, including leather seating, heated front seats, premium sound system with MP3 capability and a subwoofer, and XM Satellite Radio.

The Torrent is based on the same strong structure as the popular Chevrolet Equinox and Saturn VUE. It is an integral body structure with full-length underbody rails that provides exceptional strength.

Torrentís extra long 112.5-inch (2857 mm) wheelbase and 61.8-inch (1569 mm) track contribute to the car-like ride and allow longer-than-average rear doors for easy entry and exit. And while customers will likely spend more time on the road than off, the Torrent nevertheless is a full-function SUV with excellent traction capability. Both the front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models provide almost 8 inches (203 mm) of ground clearance and feature short front and rear overhangs for favorable off-road approach and departure angles. The on-demand automatic all-wheel drive system has no buttons to push. It engages automatically when wheel slip is detected.

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