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The interior is very disappointing.
There is some brushed aluminum around the stick that you can't see. A little more wouldn't hurt though.
I would buy this over the GP. Wonder how the pricing will compare given it's smaller?
Looks like Pontiac wanted to have a REALLY large (panoramic) opening for the moonroof, so they resorted to a split glass panel arrangement that folds up like an accordion outside the car. This folding style may help with rear seat headroom, but I'm not really sure if I like the aesthetics of the design...it looks too busy and cluttered outside the car when the moonroof is open. Also, I would think this would make the moonroof more prone to water leaks, stress and wind buffeting.
If Pontiac wanted a panoramic moonroof, why not design a single solid glass panel that slides in front of the rear window on the outside? Doesn't Mercedes-Benz offer a car with a panoramic moonroof that works like this?
Also, on a different note, does anyone know if Pontiac will offer an automatic climate control option like the Malibu has? The pictures show only a standard manual A/C arrangement.
While there is nothing inherently wrong with this, I would think that Pontiac would want to distinguish its new car a bit more. Since the G6 is not due until later this year, I wonder if a slight redesign might be in order. Maybe add amber turn signals to the taillight cluster to help differentiate the rear end from the Cobalt.
What do you guys think?
i thought this G6 was supposed to better equipped to do battle with more upscale cars. chevy is the value car you know.
pushrods, a copy mazda exterior, cheap plastic.
at least we miss the cladding.
another car for the GM faithful to lick their chops on, but aside from a decent exterior, what is the draw?
Interior is disappointing, center console looks like thinly disguised Bu and the steering wheel is all Bu.
I see Chevy Cobalt sedan in the rear.
But what I really see is a beautiful looking car from any angle.
Maybe the interior can be snazzed up with a different color scheme. I think the gray interior in the Malibu is really bad, but the neutral (beige) color seems to warm it up a bit.
I also think Pontiac should use a two-tone dash arrangement in the G6 like the Chevy Cobalt. I find it really amazing that the interior of the Cobalt, a car being marketed below the likes of the Malibu and G6, has a much better interior than either!
vcjumper : I agree, I see some TSX though no Camry? Interior is not great but I think it's good even if it's similar to the Bu. Steering wheel is the one bad thing, I thought they would go with a GP copy.
shado4 : Don't care if the tail lights look a bit like the Cobalt. Cobalt is a nice car.
I'm not saying it isn't. I just don't think they should share the same taillight design. Take a look:
Still not crazy about the name though. Needs a cool name. G6 sounds like some silly luxury car name. Mazda is doing that, I hate it.
GM and steering wheels, thank GOD its not an Ion wheel.
How can you not see some hints of Mazda6. Its got virtually the same stance and character line on the side although its less of a crease in the G6. The front end has the same 'face' except the hood bulge is not as big. The side door window shapes are almost the same.
Heck, at least ruski sees it.
dindak, Don't need to sit in the car, in that photo its terribly obvious the plastic has a permanent sheen to suggest plenty old plastic playground equipment was used to make this dash. Also it seems they used a permanent solution of armor all in the mix to give it a lifetime gloss. And the center stack controls are just like the bu, not up to snuff. The 29 dollar car stereos at pep boys have better switches.
And note the vents jut out just enough like the current Grand Am to suggest somebody just needed to leave some bad Pontiac voodoo in the car somewhere.
what's the deal with the wierd sunroof?
Actually I do like the exterior but I'm not sure if Pontiac really should admit defeat to Mazda in that way (copying their styling almost to a T).
Show that rear 3/4 view to a lot of folks and I guarantee you a lot folks will think its a pic of the MZ6.
I like it (the exterior, surprised I do) but imitation is flattery. Now if they get a real sporting motor in there and get a decent interior in there then we'll see.
Hopefully this car is a success in North America unlike the 6.
After looking again closely at both models I do see some Mazda in the doors and the C-pillar but I also see Camry.
It sure is better than the Accord and Camry styling.
http://www.edmunds.com/new/2004/mazda/6/100339515/photogallery.ht- - ml?pg_type=Sedan&imgsrc=%2Fpictures%2FVEHICLE%2F2003%2FMazda%- - 2F100195195%2F006952-T.jpg
You really think these cars look alike? I don't see it.
If anything, the Pontiac G6 has a more modern, curvy shape to it. See how the side window line curves down from the mirror. The back wheels are pushed out to the corners in the G6, giving it a more muscular stance.
http://www.edmunds.com/new/2004/mazda/6/100339515/photogallery.ht- ml?pg_type=Sedan&imgsrc=%2Fpictures%2FVEHICLE%2F2003%2FMazda%- 2F100195195%2F006997-T.jpg
Regardless, from the rear 3/4 view the G6 could never be mistaken for a Mazda6. The taillight design is just one of the key differentiating factors.
Six speed manual transmission with the 3.9 V6!
Front air bags, Head curtain air bags AND side air bags!
Full range traction control AND stability control!
This just keeps getting better and better...
its like, "let's take the Camry and Mazda6 and mate them"
thankfully there's no accord in there.
I like the sunroof a lot. The car will have a very open feel to it.
The ergonomics inside appear very good. Everything the driver needs to see will be a glance away. Everything the driver needs to touch, a short reach away.
There will be a 270hp G6 somehwere down the line. That is about the reasonable limit for a FWD car in any event.
reg : Aside from the very general shape of the car, I see very little Mazda 6 here. I guess if you squint and blur your vision you might, but that could be said about almost any 2 sedans.
vcjumper : The car looks like the Accord could have if they had not screwed it up. Old Accord though not exciting, was quite attractive.
I'm sure (hope) that someone will point out the error to whoever's in charge and get the specs fixed.
Lots of whining about this and that detail of the new G6. The interior looks perfectly good though the style may not suit everyone. The wheel is fine also, I saw it in the Malibu. The exterior is perfect IMHO.
I also think some here are just looking to bash anything GM as I see them on other boards doing the same. A few pictures come out and immediately the car is a failure. It amazes me how many arm chair experts know so much about the auto world.
"Initially the G6 will be available with a 3.5-liter OHV V6 rated at 170-horsepower and 205 lb-ft of torque."
I also pointed out that the 3.5 has 170HP on the GM media site. How many mistakes are they making, or is this real?
The MSN site is obviously taking its data directly from the errant GM piece. The GM piece was probably put there by the same employee who gave Edmunds the preproduction Malibu for the sedans comparo.
Standard 170 hp supercharged Ecotec I-4
Optional 200 hp V-6
Optional 250 hp supercharged V-6 (shared with Saab)