Saturn unveils 2008 Vue

Business Materials 30 November 2006 16:32 (UTC +04:00)

(autoinsidernews) - General Motors today unveiled the all-new 2008 Saturn Vue at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The new Saturn Vue is based on the recently introduced Opel Antara sold in Europe, and is one of the first Opel transplants. The new Vue will be available in four models in the States, including a Green Line Hybrid beginning later in the 2008 model year and sporty Red Line model, reports Trend.

The base Vue models include the front-wheel drive XE and all-wheel drive XR. The base XE and Green Line models are powered by a 2.4L VVT Ecotec four-cylinder producing 164-hp and 160 lb.-ft. of torque or a 3.5-liter. All-wheel drive Vue XE models come equipped with a 3.5L V6 engine, delivering 215-hp and 220 lb.-ft. of torque. The Red Line and all-wheel drive XR models get GM's 3.6L VVT V6 delivering a healthy 250-hp and 243 lb.-ft. of torque. Four-cylinder engines are mated to GM's Hydra-Matic four-speed automatic, while the V6 models get GM's new six-speed automatic.

The styling of the 2008 Saturn Vue is a near clone of the Opel Antara. While there will be some who complain about the design, it is a significant improvement over the current Vue.

There is no new about Vue pricing, but the vehicle is expected on dealer lots by by the middle of 2007.