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NEW 3.5L V-6, INTERIOR REFINEMENTS AND RED LINE EDITION TAKE SATURN VUE TO HIGHER LEVELA solid sales success since its debut as a 2002 model, Saturn VÚE broadens its appeal for 2004 wîth the addition of a new 250-horsepower 3.5L V-6 engine and the introduction of the VÚE Red Line performance-tuned vehicle. The 2004 VÚE lineup also features a host of upgrades to safety, exterior looks, interior appearance and comfort, and adds available amenities such as enhanced audio systems and a new DVD rear entertainment system.
'As the compact SÚV §egmènt continues to grow, the Saturn VÚE is well positioned to attract new fans wîth its combination of performance, refinement, versatility, and customer-friendly innovations,' said Jill Lajdziak, Saturn's vice president for sales, service and marketing. 'The performance-tuned VÚE Red Line incorporates upgrades that will be featured across the 2004 VÚE lineup and was developed wîth the assistance of the General Motors Performance Division. This specialty vehicle breaks new ground in the small SÚV market and is positioned at the intersection of three important trends: surging small SÚV sales, strong truck personalization, and sport tuning.'
The right-sized VÚE can carry five passengers, or can be configured to carry over 30 cubic feet of cargo wîth features such as a second-row seat and front passenger seat that fold flat. VÚE exceeded its sales goals in 2002 by more than 50 percent, topping 75,000 units. The strong sales momentum continues in 2003 wîth a 70-plus percent year-over-year sales increase in the first quarter.
A wide range of powertrain choices has always been one of VÚE's competitive advantages. For 2004, VÚE offers a new advanced 3.5L V-6 engine that delivers 250 hp (186 kw) at 5800 rpm and 242 lb.-ft. (327 Nm) of torque at 4500 rpm. The engine's variable-valve timing helps enhance high-end power, low-end torque and fuel economy.
The most powerful engine in its §egmènt, the 3.5L V-6 will give the VÚE an estimated 0-60 mph time of approximately 7 seconds. This 3.5L V-6 provides an impressive 69 more hp (51 kw) and 47 more lb.-ft. (64 Nm) of torque at peak than the 3.0L V-6 it replaces on the VÚE.
The available 3.5L V-6 is mated to a new five-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission wîth grade logic control, which helps eliminate hunting between gears - a benefit especially on hilly roads. Specifically engineered for Saturn VÚE by Honda, the new powertrain also increases towing ability up to 3,500 pounds, compared to 2,500 pounds on VÚE's previous V-6 engine. In addition, VÚE models equipped wîth the new V-6 powertrain can be flat-towed - pulled behind another vehicle without needing to use a special dolly - making it an ideal choice for RV owners.
VÚE also offers the choice of the Ecotec 2.2L inline four-cylinder, 16-valve, 143-hp (107-kw) engine, which is available wîth a five-speed manual or wîth GM's advanced VTi variable transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) The VTi allows the engine to operate more efficiently than a traditional step-ratio automatic transmission, achieving virtually the same fuel economy as a manual transmission, as well as excellent acceleration and hill-climbing performance.
The VÚE is equipped wîth an advanced electric power §teering system for precise §teering at lower speeds and confident feel on the highway. For 2004, calibrations have been adjusted to improve on-center feel and responsiveness.
Four-wheel independent suspension is a key to VÚE's controlled ride and responsive handling on a wide range of surfaces. The VÚE is available wîth front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, which is available on models wîth the V-6 and five-speed automatic as well as on models equipped wîth the four-cylinder engine and VTi.
Advanced safety features
Safety enhancements on all 2004 VÚE models include front seat-belt pretensioners and dual-stage air bags. Dual-stage air bags are designed to detect vehicle deceleration and, based on the deceleration data, provide an appropriate amount of air-bag inflation. The dual-level air-bag system senses the severity of a crash and determines whether to deploy the air bag wîth primary or 'lower' amount of inflation or wîth primary and secondary 'higher' amount of inflation. Dual-stage air bags are designed to help reduce the occurrence of inflation-induced injuries by deploying the air bag less forcefully in lower speed crashes.
These added features build on VÚE's reputation for safety and security wîth its world-class structural design and other notable safety advancements, including an optional head-curtain air-bag system.
Exterior changes for 2004 include dark-tinted rear door glass and new 17-inch aluminum wheels that are standard on all-wheel-drive V-6 models, optional on the front-wheel-drive V-6. Body-color door handles and a chrome accent on the front fascia are standard on all V-6 models. Chrome 'SATÚRN' lettering in the liftgate eyebrow will be standard on all V-6 models, except Red Line. Electric Lime replaces Orange as an exterior color choice.
VÚE's style is clean and contemporary, but wîth a sturdy and substantial sport-utility presence. Saturn's unique polymer bodyside panels provide a rugged and dent-resistant body that can boost resale value by helping prevent parking-lot dings and rust.
The Saturn VÚE's interior balances style, space and versatility, in a spacious yet efficient package wîth room for five people plus 30 cubic feet of cargo space. The interior design also includes a number of innovative storage solutions. Versatility is enhanced wîth a 70/30 split folding rear seat and a front passenger seatback that also folds flat.
For 2004, the Saturn VÚE adds a number of improvements and refinements to the interior. The extensive addition of sound-deadening materials makes the 2004 VÚE's cabin noticeably quieter.
A new six-way power driver's seat is available as part of the Seat Comfort Package that also includes heated seats and lumbar support. Adding to the uplevel touches, inside door handles get a painted nickel-finish and instrument clusters will now be backlit, wîth white gauge faces and chrome rings. Automatic headlamp controls are standard on V-6 models, optional on I-4 models.
Expanded entertainment choices include an optional DVD rear-seat entertainment system, which will be available mid-model year. Back-seat passengers can view a movie on a fold-down, 7-inch LCD screen. The system includes remote control and dual wireless headphones, so rear passengers can listen to CDs or watch a movie while front-seat passengers can either listen to the DVD program or to the car's regular audio system.
Three new optional audio systems all include MP3 readability for the first time: CD wîth MP3, replacing the CD/cassette system; six-CD changer wîth MP3 replaces CD changer wîth cassette; and a new CD/DVD wîth MP3.
Also available is XM Satellite Radio (continental Ú.S. only). XM Satellite Radio provides 100 coast-to-coast, digital-quality channels of original music, news, sports and talk. Consumers can subscribe to the basic service for $9.99 a month - less than the cost of a single CD.
All 3.5L V-6 models, including Red Line, get further enhancements for 2004 including a leather-wrapped three-spoke §teering wheel, leather shift knob wîth chrome ring, light argent-finish interior trim plates and new seat fabric.
The clean, contemporary design of the Saturn VÚE makes it a natural for the growing personalization trend, especially among customers wîth active lifestyles. VÚE customers can outfit their vehicles wîth a choice of more than 40 retailer-installed accessories available through Saturn retailers. An optional sunroof also adds to the enjoyment of driving the VÚE.
VÚE Red Line
The limited edition VÚE Red Line goes into production around the first of the new year and will be the first in Saturn's new series of Red Line-badged performance-tuned vehicles. It will be available in both front- and all-wheel drive.
The VÚE Red Line's stiffened suspension is lowered over an inch (26 mm) and the vehicle rides on aggressively styled 18-inch aluminum wheels wîth P245/50R18 Bridgestone Turanza performance touring tires, a combination that contributes both to sportier handling and a 'slammed' appearance. The electric power §teering is calibrated for a sporty feel. The VÚE Red Line comes standard wîth the new 250-hp 3.5L V-6 engine.
VÚE Red Line's custom looks include new rockers, rear fascia, front fascia wîth black air intakes, and a chrome exhaust tip. Door and liftgate handles, along wîth mirror housings, are painted body color to finish off the monochromatic thémé. The VÚE Red Line will be available in Onyx Black, Silver Nickel or Electric Lime.Source - Saturn
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