Corp. will debut the â€™09 Pontiac Vibe at the Los Angles Auto Show in November.
The first redesign for the nearly 6-year-old hatchback also will mark the return of all-wheel-drive and GT variants, which GM discontinued with the â€™07 edition.
The new Vibe will arrive at dealers shortly after production begins in first-quarter 2008.
GM originally planned a second-quarter rollout but moved the timetable ahead to accommodate plans byMotor Corp. to bring its â€™09 Toyota Matrix to market sooner. The Vibe and Matrix share a platform.
Beyond reviving GT and AWD models, GM does not provide further details on the â€™09 Vibe. Calls seeking additional comment on the vehicle were not immediately returned.
The Vibe has not received much attention from GM since it debuted in â€™02 as an â€™03 model.
But given current high fuel prices, growing consumer preference to more economical vehicles and proposed legislation for more stringent fuel economy standards, the â€™09 version appears destined to play a larger role in GMâ€™s passenger-car portfolio.
The current Vibe achieves a thrifty 33 mpg (7 L/100 km) on the highway.