• May 30, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of refreshed Pontiac G6 spy shots

The Pontiac G6 is one of those alright-looking cars that isn't begging for a total redesign, so General Motors is planning a mid-cycle refreshening of the car's nose instead. The updated design was recently photographed by spies, actual spies, around Detroit, and the changes to the G6 schnoz are clear. Pontiac designers will be adding some creases to the new front end giving it some angularity that's lacking on the current model, while the twin air intakes of the current car that mirror the grille shape will be replaced with one central lower air intake flanked by two smaller ones and requisite fog lamps. There may be some tweaks to the rear taillamps as well, but we're told those will be minor. Thankfully, the 2009 G6 comes available with GM's new six-speed transmission for the first time, making the overall package much more enticing. Some minor plastic surgery should only sweeten the deal for this very competent car in Pontiac's lineup.


[Source: KGP Photography]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I rented a G6 with the base 220 HP V6 over the summer, I put over 1,000 miles on it in 5 days. I got over 30 mpg on the highway.

      I liked the car a lot. I really enjoyed driving it, especially around the appalachian mountains. The interior was pretty nice considering the msrp was probably around 20k.

      I don't get where people come up with 'craptacular' or 'ugly' on the G6. It's a very solid package and I always thought it's shape stands out from the rest of the cars in it's class. Those ripping on the interior have obviously never sat inside one or driven one.

      I like the changes they're making to the nose. I never liked the two horizontal lower bar look. It's the same cheesy look they put on the G8 base/GT. The G8 GXP has a nose that more resembles this 2009 G6. This is a good move.

      Also, going to the 6 speed auto will really improve this car, although the 4 speed that is in there was perfectly fine.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think the G6 has possibly the worst steering of any car I've ever driven. Very artificial, unpredictable, and dead on center. Even the owner of the car admitted that the steering feel was complete trash and the interior was cheap compared to other mid sized cars, but hey it was cheap. Perhaps you have not sat in many other cars?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Pontiac needs to get rid of that signature "kidney" grill on the front of all of their vehicles -- time for something fresh. It's not exactly like Pontiac has good branding cachet. In fact, anything relating to the poor vehicles they produced in the past should be dropped. The Pontiac signature grill has become a symbol of Pontiac's incompetence. I'm tired of seeing that same old front end design too.

      Pontiac should also adopt a new branding symbol. All the Japanese brands use some sort of circular chrome brand symbol. When in Rome -- do as the Romans do, so to speak. The Japanese brands have better brand cachet -- copy them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ok...the reply feature is broken again...this was supposed to be directed @Emil.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The camo tape is an improvement.
      • 6 Years Ago

      What is the point in having the Malibu,Aura and G6 all in the same segment and cannibalizing sales? GM needs to focus on just one or two models per segment.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Of course, the Malibu and Aura both do not have 2-door or convertible versions...

        And this nose looks way better than their "street machine" (a.k.a rabbit's teeth) version on the GXP.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The point?

        Whining dealers, guaranteed jobs in factories and--this is important--useless upper management at GM.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hate to say this but why are you people comparing a practical base fleet G6 to a daily G6? Just a question....since everyone knows a fleet car is more of an eco car than the other options of the G6.

      Anyway! I have an 06 G6 GTP coupe with the 6 speed manual transmission and i LOVE it. No problems with it what so ever and honestly the interior is the best I have seen in a while, sleek and clean and not distracting or cheap looking. I do ask though, the ones that are complaining about a "plastic dash", what else is a dash to be made out of? Steel, wood, cement? Get a grip on reality for this, ALL CARS HAVE PLASTIC IN THE INTERIOR. They do make options for these cars interiors if you wish to add the wood grain if that is what some of you are into or you can also get the colored trim.

      Im sorry but this is the best car I have drove by far and trust me, I have DRIVEN (not to be confused with actually owned) a bunch of different cars from Accords to Camrys to Malibus to Mustangs to Tibies and my G6 takes the cake. Even my friends with imports compliment the car in comparrison to theirs with interior, exterior, suspension, performance and so forth.

      Now I like the redesigned front end. It has made it more sharp looking and somewhat more up to date. However, I wish they would have updated the headlights to resemble the rest of the pontiac line better (like the G8s for example.).
      • 6 Years Ago
      VW/Audi?? This car looks nothing like a VW or Audi. There is no huge center grille or crossbar across that grille.

      Go back to smoking your crack.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Six Speed auto has been available since the 07 model, this year it will be broadened to include the 4 cyl (included in a package)
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car should be at least one foot shorter and trimm off 300 Lb weight. I don't understand why the American car has big footprint but small useful inner space for passengers.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Since all I'm doing is bashing my G6, I will say the long wheelbase gives it one of the roomiest backseats in its class, so interior space is not a problem with this car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks great!

      The lower air intakes always looked odd on the G6. Glad that they fixed it. I hope they updated the inside too.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Its a damn shame the interior is still craptacular.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually I have. The only word I can discribe it with was black. Now I know that black works well on most interiors but not as both a main and accent color. I drove around in a GT trimmed G6. In addition aside from the odometer all the normal DIC info was on the radio.

        I probably should have explained more. Im not one of those foreign fanatics who hate everything made in America. I actually have an older Grand Am as a daily driver and a Solstice GP for the weekends. I just find the interior of the G6 to be realatively uninspired and dull.
        • 6 Years Ago
        How would you know? Have you sat in one? It could be getting an updated interior.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Still ugly!
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