Hands On: Pontiac G8, Buick Enclave

I'm still in the wilds of Wisconsin, but have non-track camera photos that might be of interest. Last night we got an early look at the all-new Pontiac G8 sedan and Buick Enclave crossover. Check out the photo album for some cell phone shots (we didn't know the cars would be there or we would've brought a better camera) below.

Some initial reactions:

The G8 is really nice. This red G8 we got a look at isn't a production model, but it's the most polished prototype I've ever seen. I can't believe the one that goes on sale at the end of the year will be different in the least. Perhaps, the new emblem will get some alterations. A Pontiac rep said the new, silver one is getting a lot of positive comments though.

The interior is far beyond any Pontiac in a long time, mainly because it's from Australia, but even still, it is an improvement from the GTO's interior. The armrests for example are padded in leather. The rear seats are quite comfy too.

The red really shows off the car's menacing look well, and looks a hundred times better than the grey show car from the Chicago auto show.

We did get some vague comments on the price of the G8 which should be in the low $30,000 range up to "around" $35,000 for the top of the line GT, but no one was announcing anything this far in advance of the on sale date.

The Buick Enclave was exactly what I expected; a very nice adaptation of the Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia. There isn't more to really say. The layout is identical, the Enclave simply has nicer leather and trim pieces. The most obvious difference is the exterior styling which was quite nice in the maroon color of the display car.

Check out the cell phone photos here. I apologize for the low res. Feel free to ask me more questions in the comments below. 

By David Thomas | May 2, 2007 | Comments (12)
Tags: Buick, Enclave, G8, Pontiac

Comments 

Bruzer

Yeah buddy, looks good. The typical auto show car colors are so boring, I'm glad they cranked out a red one as well. Did they put it back in hiding or is it on display up there? I'd like to see some high-res shots of the car that aren't taken in a photo studio.

I own a GTO and agree the G8 is an improvement in the interior, but only minor. The GTO has amazing color coordinated accents. Unlike what our reviewer thinks, it has leather armrests on the doors, center console and even the inner 1/4 panels next to the spacious (once you get back there) and comfortable rear seats!

I cannot find them, but I know there were some shots of a red G8 which was released in Australia the same day as the Chicago autoshow. It was more production ready, i.e. ride height, and wheels.

The rear bumper does look kinda large in that angle while painted red... but I'm sure a license plate and a more straight on shot would help!

Bad,
This is the same red G8 yes. I'm not sure how you know this isn't much better than the GTO since I haven't seen many reports of people getting to see this one in person. I didn't say the leather armrests weren't in the GTO, I'm saying they stood out as a high quality finish of the G8.

Infosaur

Must,,, Buy,,, Lotto,,, ticket!

Oh well, sweet dreams anyway.

(I'm so gonna kick myself if GTO's become collecter's cars in 20 years. You can get them SO cheap right now!)

DJ

Nice find. Did you see if the car had Heads Up Display or NAV like the current Grand Prix? Or if the Pontiac rep mentioned either option being available?

arthur grigoropoulos

The G8, Sold in Australia as the Holden Commodore was "Car of The Year" for 2006.

Pete

Sorry no head up display. They are not on the Commodore, Statesman and HSV versions, So I doubt very much that it'll be on the G8. Ask me anything on the new G8, particularly the V8/ stick version, as I drive one, a VE Commodore SSV version (Most likely will be the top line GT).

Ahmip

the rear and the side look exactly like a Hyundai Santafe...

SSRacer

My wife and I just bought a new Hyundai SantaFe and the first thing I thought when I saw the Buick Enclave was "Wow...that looks like a bigger SantaFe." Not that that is a bad thing, I really like the styling.

Ames Tiedeman

Anyone bashing GM or saying GM is crap is clueless. I am a skeptic and I say these new cars are as good as they get.

America is back!

Ian

I used to be GM fan, but not any more. Had a Camry as a company car and never looked back. I never knew what I was missing until I spent four years with it racking up 180k in trouble free miles. Since that experience my family has purchased a Tundra, Civic, and a Pilot. Dumping a GM car and truck and a Ford car in the process. We would never even consider a car or truck from the OLD Big 3 as clearly the Japs make superior vehicles. Drive one for 3+ years and you'll see what quality is.

mom100501

I will be trading the baby of this car I have... ((that's a racing yellow G5))... as soon as it's available... PONTIACS ALL THE WAY... thats all we drive in this family

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