Pontiac Torrent to be replaced in 2009

General Motors will end the life of the Pontiac Torrent in 2009 and will replace it with a new SUV from GMC. It will be called Terrain and will be built on the same Theta architecture with the future Chevrolet Equinox. It will be priced around $23.000.

Set to feature a bolder appearance than the Equinox, the 2009 Terrain will be built at the CAMI Automotive Inc. plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, which it runs jointly with Suzuki Motor Corp. That plant produces the Equinox, Torrent and Suzuki XL-7 SUV, also built on Theta.

"The Terrain will add an opportunity for GMC dealers to win some business in a market that we’re not in right now," says dealer Mike Bowsher, a partner in Carl Black Automotive Group in Kennesaw, Ga. Bowsher also is the national dealer council chairman for Buick-Pontiac-GMC.

The 2009 Terrain was presented to dealers about eight months ago and is said to have the same dimensions as the Jeep Liberty.


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