The Pontiac G8 sports truck was firstly unveiled at the New York Auto Show, back in 2008 in a form of a concept car. Eight years has passed since then and we are still not sure whether the car will see the light of day or not. Officially it is scheduled for release sometime in 2017 and it will be produced by the Australian based GM subsidiary, the Australian GM Inc. The new 2017 Pontiac G8 Pickup model will share the same platform as the G8 GT, as well as the engine lineup.
Engine and Transmission – 2017 Pontiac G8 Pickup
As far as the engine is concerned, the new Pontiac G8 Pickup will feature a powerful 6.0 liter V8 unit. The engine itself is capable of producing 361 horsepower, with a maximum torque output of around 385 pounds-feet, which is equivalent to 520 Nm. There will be a single transmission option that will be available and that is a 6-speed automatic gearbox.
The engine will feature the active fuel management technology, which will allow for a less fuel consumption, which is, given the power of the engine, a very handy option indeed. The GM will offer its new family member in both 2WD and 4WD variants, but that information is not yet one hundred percent confirmed. Nevertheless, the performance of the car will be phenomenal, as the new Pontiac G8 Pickup will be able to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.4 seconds. An amazing result for a pickup truck.
2017 Pontiac G8 Pickup: Exterior New Model Design
One would never assume that the new Pontiac G8 ST is a pickup truck, looking at the first glance. The car looks car-like in all aspects, except, of course, at the back, where the cargo bed is. Unfortunately, the car is not spectacularly designed, as the overall looks leaves a bland taste in one’s mouth. The headlights feature ordinary, rectangular shape, something we could see ten years ago.
The distinctive Pontiac kidney grill is located at the center of the front bumper, while the air intake openings are split in two halves and positioned at the bottom of the bumper. Fog lights are as ordinary as it gets – just a couple of circles, located at each side of the bumper. The model will feature 18-inch aluminum wheels, backed with a 4-wheel independent suspension system, with electronic stability control, for a more efficient handling.
At the back, the model will feature a 74-inch long cargo bed, with a maximum carrying capacity of 1,000 pounds. Because of the cargo bed, the model’s wheelbase will be lengthened by as much as 5 inches. The maximum towing capacity of the car will be 3,500 pounds.
As with exterior, the model’s interior will be equally unimpressive, as far as the interior design is concerned. However, the model will feature some pretty cool stuff, such as the dual-zone automatic air conditioning system, electric-powered windows and mirrors, large LCD screen on the central board, with infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control and many safety features, such as the front airbags with passenger sensing system, tire pressure monitoring system, built-in theft alarm, side thorax airbags and safety belt pre-tensioners.
The model will feature pretty comfortable seats as well. The cabin is quite spacious, able to accommodate even the tallest of passengers.
Price nd Release Date of 2017 Pontiac G8 Pickup
Although not yet fully confirmed, the price of the new model will start at around $30,000. We have to say that the price is a bit high, even for the great performing vehicle, such as this. Unfortunately, not many people dig the combination of the pickup and the sports car, the new G8 Pickup stands to be, but we will give it a chance.