Pontiac Phoenix

The Pontiac Phoenix was a car model of the so-called compact- class ( lower middle class) which produced the U.S. automakers Pontiac in the years 1977 to 1984.

Model years 1977-1979

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As of spring 1977, the former Pontiac Ventura was further built with slight cosmetic changes as Pontiac Phoenix.

On model range (two - and three-door coupe and four-door sedan ) as to engine selection ( 3.8-liter V6, 5.0 - and 5.7 -liter V8, on special request also 2.5 liter four-cylinder ) changed this nothing.

The Phoenix were in the trim levels base and LJ, not latter than tailgates coupe.

The production of the Phoenix with rear-wheel drive ran out in winter 1978/79; a total of 125 555 units were built.

Model years 1980-1984

The Phoenix of the second generation was based on the X platform by General Motors front-wheel drive and was thus intimately related to Chevrolet Citation, Buick Skylark and Oldsmobile Omega. Compared with the direct predecessor, the new model was a scarce two feet shorter and about 400 kilograms lighter.

In spring 1979, the new, reduced Phoenix appeared, available as a two-door notchback coupe and five-door hatchback sedan in the equipment versions basis and Phoenix LJ. In the engine compartment either sat a produced by Pontiac 2.5 - liter four-cylinder (91 PS/67 kW) or originating from Chevrolet 2.8-liter V6 ( 112 kW PS/83 ), each with four-speed manual or three-speed automatic combined.

From model year 1982, the 2.8-liter V6 was also available in high-performance version with 132 hp (97 kW ) for the new model variant Phoenix SJ, at the same time received the four-cylinder a manifold injection. In 1983, as almost every year, the grill easily changed in the last model year 1984 accounted for the SJ- five-door.

From Phoenix to the second generation came to the summer of 1984 a total of 405,000 copies, including only 2,988 SJ.