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REDESIGNED 2009 PONTIAC VIBE MOVES TO NEW BEAT, OFFERS STYLISH FUNCTIONALITY IN SMALL CROSSOVERVehicle Highlights
• All-new version of one of the §egmènt's most popular small-car crossovers
• AWD and GT models return
• 1.8L and 2.4L engines produce more power and torque without sacrificing fuel economy
• Revised exterior/interior design augments vehicle functionality
• Enhanced standard safety features
The all-new 2009 Pontiac Vibe is a modern re-mix of a classic hit, infusing the functionality of a compact crossover wîth a bolder attitude of athletic styling, increased performance and tight handling. It arrived in dealer showrooms in February 2008.
In addition, the popular all-wheel-drive and GT models return to the Vibe lineup for 2009.
'With the 2009 Vibe, we knew we wanted to take everything we liked about the original and push it to the next level – more power, more style, more versatility,' said Susan Docherty, vice president of Buick-Pontiac-GMC. 'It has the interior room and cargo capability expected of a larger SÚV, but wîth the precise handling characteristics you would expect from any Pontiac.'
The 2009 Vibe includes a number of all-new and enhanced features, including:
• More powerful 1.8L base engine and a new, high-output 2.4L engine
• Athletic exterior styling wîth a faster windshield, all-new sheet metal and lighting elements
• Refreshed, driver-focused interior styling wîth more harmonious integration of the controls
• Standard electronic vehicle stability control and tire pressure monitoring systems
• Six standard air bags and active head restraints
• Enhanced functionality wîth integrated cargo management system and fold-flat front seat on all models equipped wîth the 2.4L engine
Packing more off-the-line power than ever before, the '09 Vibe delivers the type of responsive performance needed to safely navigate those unexpected everyday driving situations. A 132-horsepower (98 kW) 1.8L DOHC four-cylinder is standard on base models and delivers 128 lb.-ft. (178 Nm) of torque. The engine benefits from dual variable valve timing, optimizing both performance and efficiency, and is matched to a standard five-speed manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic.
Customers desiring higher performance can opt for the larger, 2.4L DOHC engine wîth 158 horsepower (118 kW) and 162 lb.-ft. (219 Nm) of torque. The 2.4L engine is standard on AWD and GT models, and is available on the base model.
A four-speed automatic transmission is standard on the AWD. Customers of the 2.4L-equipped base or GT models can choose between a standard five-speed manual transmission or a new, five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission featuring Driver Shift Control (DSC), which delivers a great combination of performance, fuel economy and smoothness. With DSC, the driver can manually select gears via tap up/tap down controls.
With the 1.8L engine and the standard manual transmission, EPA fuel economy is estimated at 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway; wîth the automatic, fuel economy is estimated at 25 in the city and 31 on the highway.
The 2.4L-equipped Vibe and Vibe GT are estimated at 21 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway wîth the manual transmission and 21 city/29 highway wîth the five-speed automatic. On the AWD model, the 2.4L/four-speed automatic combination delivers an estimated 20 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway.
Ride and handling
Driving dynamics of the new Vibe have been refined to deliver a responsive driving experience, wîth a special focus on reduced noise, vibration and harshness. An array of chassis control systems enhances ride and handling, as well as safety.
The Vibe has a body-integral structure wîth underbody rails running from front to rear, giving the structure exceptional strength and a strong foundation on which to anchor the suspension systems. All models employ a MacPherson-strut front suspension design; additionally, the GT adds an integrated tower-to-tower damper for even more responsive handling. The base model has a torsion-beam rear suspension that is revised for a more comfortable ride, while the AWD and GT models use a multi-link independent rear suspension for even sharper responses and enhanced driving control.
Four-wheel disc brakes wîth ABS are standard on all Vibe models, as is electronic stability control and traction control. Steering control is augmented wîth an electric power §teering system, providing variable-effort performance and (because there is no engine-driven power §teering pump) enhanced fuel economy.
The Vibe has the looks to back up its performance. With a lean, athletic form, the Vibe's new exterior exemplifies the future of Pontiac. The new Vibe's appearance melds the space-enabling design of a small SÚV wîth a forward-lòòking profile that doesn't sacrifice functionality or fuel economy. It furthers the design pioneered by the original Vibe, launched in 2002.
All of the sheet metal is new, wîth minimal gaps that reinforce the Vibe's tailored appearance. A 'faster' windshield angle contributes to the sleeker look, while large wheels and minimal overhangs give the vehicle an aggressive, firmly planted stance.
'The new Vibe's design is sporty yet completely functional,' said Ron Aselton, chief designer. 'Clean lines, minimal overhangs and wheels pushed to the corners give the vehicle a muscular stance.'
Vibe's three models – base, AWD and GT – are distinguished from one another wîth unique styling cues. For example, the AWD features a standard roof rack perfect for outdoor activities. The GT has its own front fascia – wîth larger fog lamps and lower-fascia air intake – rocker moldings, roof spoiler and a chrome exhaust tip. All models offer distinctive wheel options.
Interior design and features
|Engine : 1.8 L., 4-cylinder|
Power: 132 hp
Torque: 128 ft-lbs
Engine : 2.4 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 158 hp
Torque: 162 ft-lbs
5-speed Manual, 5-speed Manual, 4-speed Automatic, 4-speed Automatic, 5-speed Automatic
Interior material refinement is also stepped up a notch in the new Vibe, wîth a combination of low-gloss materials, varied grains on the instrument panel and other trim components, and satin-metal accents. New, knit-fabric seating surfaces are durable and have a premium look, while GT models are enhanced wîth standard leather-trimmed seats, three-spoke §teering wheel and shift knob. Seating for five is standard on all models.
The Vibe's interior also is loaded wîth standard amenities not typically found in other vehicles in the §egmènt, including a §teering column wîth telescoping/rake adjustability, a 115-volt, three-prong auxiliary power outlet, adjustable headrests at all three second-row seating positions and active front head restraints.
All Vibe models come wîth an AM/FM radio wîth CD and XM Satellite Radio. The XM band is integrated for seamless switching between all three signal bands. An auxiliary audio input jack is standard, too, allowing MP3 players and other portable devices to play through the Vibe's speakers.
A four-speaker sound system is standard on Vibe base and AWD models. True audiophiles can step up to a premium Monsoon ™ 320-watt, seven-speaker audio system, including MP3 capability and sub-woofer. The Monsoon system is standard on GT models and available on 2.4L-equipped base and AWD as part of the Sun and Sound package.
Vibe's roomy interior provides generous storage space for all kinds of stuff, starting wîth a 60/40-split rear seat that folds flat to create 49.4 cubic feet (1,399 L) behind the front seats. Rubberized cargo floor strips help prevent items from sliding. Additional storage solutions are offered from an oversized glove box, an overhead console, a dual-tier center console and other integrated storage options located throughout the vehicle.
A rear cargo management system is standard on all models equipped wîth a 2.4L engine (optional wîth the 1.8L engine) and provides an almost unlimited number of cargo solutions, thanks to a multitude of hooks and net-divided compartments. It also conveniently folds flat into the floor when not in use. Vibes equipped wîth the 2.4L engine also come wîth a fold-flat front passenger seat that expands the interior's storage versatility – for times when you need to haul a ladder, small kayak or other long items.
Wheels and tires
Únique 16-inch wheels and all-season tires are standard on base and AWD models. Seventeen-inch aluminum wheels are available on these models when equipped wîth the 2.4L engine, featuring either a bright machine finish or a chrome-clad finish. The Vibe GT comes standard wîth 18-inch bright machine-face aluminum wheels and 215/45-series all-season performance tires.
The new Vibe was designed from the outset to be one of the §egmènt's safest vehicles, wîth a comprehensive system of design and technology features that help protect occupants before, during and after a crash event. Standard features include:
• StabiliTrak electronic vehicle stability system
• Tire pressure monitoring system
• Dual-stage frontal air bags wîth a passenger sensing system
• Head curtain side air bags
• Side thorax air bags for the front passengers
• Active head restraints
• Three-point safety belts in all seating positions
• Front safety belt retractors
• Rear-seat LATCH child safety seat provisions in all three seating positions
The standard OnStar system's digital equipment includes enhanced hands-free voice recognition capabilities, including more intuitive continuous digit dialing and improved voice recognition accuracy. Úsing the GPS satellite network and wireless technology, OnStar features core safety services and OnStar Hands-Free Calling, which allows drivers to make and receive voice-activated phone calls.Source - Pontiac
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