The entry-level G5 will be replaced with a new version for the 2010 model year and is likely to pickup up a RWD layout. As for the G6, designers are in need of a new RWD architecture for the next model. Previous plans called for the FWD Epsilon 2 platform but engineers will now turn to GM’s new RWD Alpha platform currently being developed. However, legislation being debated surrounding tougher CAFE standards has put the project on hold.
Like the Torrent, Pontiac will no longer sell the Grand Prix after the current model runs out at the end of the year, reports Automotive News.
Attention now turns to the V8 muscle cars. We already know almost everything about the new G8. Base models will get a 261hp3.6L V6 and performance GT models get a 362hp 6.0L V8. As for a new GTO or Firebird, insiders at GM say it’s unlikely at this point given the political and environmental climate.