"There are no efforts to delay the truck," Pontiac spokesman Jim Hopson told PickupTrucks.com. "Construction is scheduled to start in July 2009, and the first G8 STs are expected to go on sale here in the fall of 2009."
GM will build the rear-wheel-drive G8 ST in Australia, where it also manufactures the Pontiac G8 sedan and Holden VE Ute and VE Commodore sedan. According to Hopson, it will take about two months to ship the car-based pickups to the U.S., with the first G8 STs arriving as early as next September but likely in October 2009.
Pontiac has already said the G8 ST will debut with a six-speed automatic transmission and 6.0-liter V-8, rated at 361 horsepower and 385 pounds-feet of torque. There's also continued lobbying inside GM to offer a six-cylinder version.
"There's a growing movement to add a V-6," Hopson said. "It's not set in stone but the odds are it will happen by launch, sharing the same V-6 as the [G8] sedan."
Final pricing hasn't been determined but Hopson said it will be close in cost to a comparable G8 sedan.
"We expect G8 ST pricing (for the V-8 version) will start in the low 30 [thousands]," said Hopson.