|2007 Vue||2007 Vue Green Line Hybrid|
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2008 Saturn Vue news, pictures, and information
ALL-NEW 2008 SATURN VUE SPORT UTILITY DELIVERS PREMIUM, EUROPEAN-INSPIRED LOOKS AND RIDE QUALITYA compact five-door crossover vehicle wîth European-inspired design and sporty ride and handling, the 2008 Vue is the latest Saturn model to showcase the brand's new design character and intensified focus on driving characteristics.
The Vue also reinforces Saturn's commitment to safety by offering a comprehensive list of safety-enhancing features.
'The 2008 Vue continues the product revitalization at Saturn,' said Saturn General Manager Jill Lajdziak. 'The all-new Vue is versatile, technologically advanced and loaded wîth safety equipment. Saturn customers will be as pleased wîth the vehicle as they are wîth the great customer treatment they've always received at their Saturn retailer.'
The 2008 Vue is available in XE and XR trim levels, as well as the performance-inspired Red Line and Green Line hybrid models. When it was introduced in the 2007 lineup, the Vue hybrid was the first vehicle to use GM's new affordable hybrid powertrain.
Vue's broad lineup will offer a wide range of powertrains, including a more powerful four-cylinder engine, and two V-6 choices mated to six-speed automatic transmissions.
The '08 Vue is the fourth all-new Saturn model since the beginning of the 2006 calendar year. The other all-new models are the Sky roadster, Aura sedan – voted the 2007 North American Car of the Year – and the larger Outlook crossover utility. The Saturn Astra small car joins the lineup this fall, completing a comprehensive revitalization of Saturn's portfolio in less than two years.
Ride and handling
At the core of the Vue's European-inspired driving character is a stiff, steel body-frame integral structure. Ride and handling is augmented by one of three levels of specific spring-rate and wheel-travel tuning: Red Line, XE/XR wîth a V-6, or four-cylinder-equipped. Front and rear stabilizer bars, MacPherson strut independent front suspension and independent multi-link rear suspension, along wîth a double-isolated engine cradle, add to the specifically tuned ride. Hydraulic power-assisted §teering on V-6 models, standard four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, standard traction control and standard GM StabiliTrak electronic stability control provide outstanding vehicle control.
A towing package wîth hitch and wiring is available on all Vues. When properly equipped, the Vue can tow up to 3,500 pounds (1,587 kg). A towing stabilization system uses active braking to help control the vehicle in trailering situations. The Vue can also be towed as an RV 'dinghy vehicle' wîth all four wheels on the ground.
In addition to the handling features that help drivers avoid crashes, the all-new Vue helps protect occupants wîth its high-strength steel structure and a long list of standard occupant-protection safety features. Dual-stage front-seat air bags, front-seat side thorax air bags and rollover capable head curtain air bags covering front and rear rows are standard on all models.
Únique to the compact crossover §egmènt is Vue's Electronic Trailer Sway Control, a feature that is integrated into the standard StabiliTrak system. It detects the occurrence of trailer sway that may be caused by improper trailer weight balance or excessive vehicle speed. Úpon detection of trailer sway, StabiliTrak will begin to apply the brakes, independent of the driver applying the brake pedal, to assist the driver in stabilizing the vehicle. The StabiliTrak activation telltale will flash to signal the driver to reduce vehicle speed. If trailer sway continues, StabiliTrak will reduce engine torque to reduce the speed of the vehicle.
Other standard Vue safety features include front-row dual safety belt pretensioners, Pedal Release System, active head restraints, tire pressure monitoring system, automatic power door locks and side turn signal lamps.
Like all Saturn vehicles, the Vue comes standard wîth GM's OnStar safety and security system, including a one-year subscription to the Safe & Sound plan. The OnStar service includes Advanced Automatic Crash Notification (AACN), making crash data available to emergency services to potentially dispatch the appropriate life-saving personnel and equipment to crash scenes sooner. If the vehicle is in a crash that activates an air bag, the system automatically notifies an OnStar advisor, who will contact the occupants and summon emergency help if necessary. OnStar also provides remote door-unlocking service and can assist authorities in locating a vehicle if it is reported stolen.
The new Vue's exterior exhibits Saturn's new European-inspired design cues, wîth a look that is clean, sculpted and distinctively sporty. Tight wheel-to-body relationships, large jeweled headlamps and a sweeping upper profile line contribute to the Vue's striking design. The tapered roof line is one of the design cues drawn from the PreVue concept shown at the 2006 New York Auto Show.
Another cue inspired by the PreVue concept is the fender accent molding located vertically along the forward front door line. The styling feature is molded in charcoal color and incorporates a side repeater turn signal. Bright accents surrounding the side glass add to the appeal of the vehicle's profile. The grille proudly displays Saturn's recognizable chrome brand bar wîth a large Saturn badge.
Sixteen-inch alloy wheels are standard on XE models, while larger 17-inch alloy wheels come wîth the uplevel Vue XR. XE and XR models are further distinguished from each other wîth specific fascias, rockers and wheel opening trim. All V-6 models include dual chrome exhaust.
Inside, the Vue continues the upscale theme wîth refined materials and precise fit and finish. Designers used lighter colors to bring a greater sense of spaciousness to the cabin, and incorporated an array of useful storage solutions.
The interior offers a host of comfort and convenience features, many of which are uncommon in the §egmènt. These include an optional eight-way power driver's seat; standard flip-down second-row armrest wîth storage; standard CD stereo wîth MP3 capability; available automatic climate control system wîth electronic controls; available navigation system wîth voice recognition; heated front seats and an optional enhanced convenience package that includes an automatic rain-sensing wiper system, remote start, universal home remote and heated windshield washer system.
Other cabin highlights include:
• Rich materials including chrome accents on the air vents, center stack controls, instrument cluster and speakers
• Bolstered seating upholstered wîth two levels of flat-woven fabric wîth specific inserts; leather seating is available on all models
• Front center articulating armrest
• Low-gloss, low-glare upper instrument panel wîth embossed grain
• Amber backlighting in the instrument panel and center stack control faceplates
• Ample covered and damped storage compartments, including an illuminated, locking and oversized glove box
• A sliding storage bin under the front passenger seat
• A folding rear seat center armrest wîth storage
• Flat-folding 60/40 split rear seatback
• A rear cargo management system that features removable, adjustable upper and lower rails and storage nets to contain a variety of items; storage beneath the cargo load floor
• An assist handle above each door
|Engine : 2.4 L., 4-cylinder|
Power: 169 hp
Torque: 161 ft-lbs
Engine : 3.5 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 222 hp
Torque: 219 ft-lbs
Engine : 3.6 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 257 hp
Torque: 248 ft-lbs
4-speed Automatic, 6-speed Automatic
All-wheel-drive Vue XE models come equipped wîth a 3.5L V-6 engine, delivering 222 horsepower (166 kW) at 5,900 rpm* and 219 lb.-ft. (297 Nm) of torque at 3,200 rpm,* wîth a broad torque curve and good low-end torque for quick acceleration.
Vue XR and Vue Red Line, are powered by GM's sophisticated, high-feature 60-degree dual overhead cam 3.6L V-6 VVT that delivers an estimated 257 horsepower (192 kW) at 6,500 rpm** and 248 lb.-ft. (336 Nm) of torque at 2,100 rpm.**
All Vue models equipped wîth V-6 engines receive the new Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic transmission, which helps maximize powertrain performance and economy.
Red Line details
The Vue Red Line features an aggressive front-end design, including a large, lower air opening and projector beam fog lamps. The rear of the vehicle features a special fascia, spoiler and chrome trapezoid exhaust tips. A lowered suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels and Red Line badges complete the aggressive appearance.
From a performance perspective, the Red Line comes wîth standard tap up/tap down transmission control and sport-tuned ride and handling. It is powered by a dual overhead cam 3.6L V-6 VVT engine that delivers an estimated 257 horsepower (192 kW) at 6,500 rpm and 248 lb.-ft. (336 Nm) of torque at 2,100 rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) The Vue Red Line will be available in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
Interior modifications include a Red Line-exclusive black interior, including leather sport seats wîth red stitching and perforated suede fabric inserts. The vehicle also features unique Red Line instrument cluster graphics and embroidered floor mats.
Green Line hybrid details
The 2008 Vue Green Line hybrid will continue to provide consumers wîth an affordable hybrid that also provides uncompromised utility.
The hybrid system on the Vue Green Line combines sophisticated controls wîth an electric motor/generator mated to a 2.4L four-cylinder engine and a modified four-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) The system saves fuel by providing an electric power assist during acceleration; shutting off the engine at idle; early fuel cut-off during deceleration and capturing energy through regenerative braking. To comply wîth more stringent emission and diagnostic regulations, the 2.4L-equipped Vue Green Line will receive a new catalytic converter system wîth slightly elevated exhaust system backpressure. To ensure accurate horsepower and torque ratings GM will certify the power ratings to SAE standards and update this information as soon as it becomes available.
*SAE certified.Source - GM
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|Saturn Vue Green Line|
|Saturn Vue Red Line||2008 Saturn Concepts|
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|Saturn Flextreme Concept|
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