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New for 2009-Saturn

1/1/2009
Critical Knowledge:
  • Astra receives minor enhancements, two new colors

  • New 6-speed, 4-cylinder Aura XR

  • Sky roadster adds three new colors, new wheel design, OnStar with Bluetooth, two promotional packages

  • Outlook crossover gets new direct-injection V-6 engine, increased towing capacity, features, new colors

  • All-new Vue 2-Mode Hybrid with direct-injection V-6 engine debuts

  • World's first use of GM's 2-mode hybrid system in FWD compact SUV

  • Saturn is first brand to offer two hybrid options on same model (Vue)

  • "Green Line" name and badge discontinued

  • Vue and Vue Hybrid receives new exterior colors, new features

  • Saturn's 2009 portfolio includes three hybrids

2009 Saturn Astra:
Sold in Europe under the Opel brand and introduced in the U.S. in 2008, the Saturn Astra sport compact for 2009 is available in entry-level 5-door XE and sportier 3-door and 5-door XR models. GM has said it intends to align the Opel and Saturn brands over the coming years. For 2009, an oil pan heater can be ordered in colder climates for XE and XR, and two exterior color changes will be made during the year: Polar White and Quicksilver will replace Olympic White and Star Silver. Other changes include a new 12-hour clock, revised date display, tan cloth seat and door inserts are now available.


2009 Saturn Aura:
The 2009 Saturn Aura sport sedan model is available in four models: XE and XR 4-cylinder sedan, the new XR V-6 sedan, and the Aura Hybrid. The 4-door, 5-passenger family sedan has two engines: a 169-hp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder (in XE and XR sedan), and a 252-hp 3.2-liter V-6 in the new XR V-6 sedan. Both are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. The 3.5-liter V-6 engine is dropped. The 2009 Saturn Aura Hybrid, available only in base trim, gets 17-inch alloy wheels with low-rolling-resistance tires, hybrid decals added on the windshield and back glass, and an available premium trim package with leather. On the Aura Hybrid, the gasoline engine is a 164-hp, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder model, paired with an electric hybrid propulsion system and motor. The transmission is hybrid-specific 4-speed automatic.


2009 Saturn Outlook:
The Saturn Outlook crossover for 2009 is mostly carryover, again available in 4-door, 8-passenger XE and XR trims, in front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). New for 2009 is a new 3.6-liter engine with variable valve timing (VVT) and direct injection, producing 281 hp on XE and 288 hp on XR. Towing capacity also increases to 5200 pounds. The FWD models get their power from a 285-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 engine, while the AWD gets a 5-hp boost to 290 hp in the same engine. All Outlooks have standard 6-speed automatic transmission. A Touring package with 20-inch alloy wheels and rear fascia cutouts for dual exhaust has interim availability. Two new exterior colors are added for 2009: Quicksilver and Silver Moss (replacing Silver Pearl and Ocean Mist).


2009 Saturn Sky:
The Saturn Sky 2-door, rear-wheel-drive (RWD) compact convertible and 2-door Red Line convertible return for 2009, adding OnStar 8.0 with Bluetooth hands-free phone connection; new 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels in three finishes; two limited-edition promotional packages (Ruby Red and Hydro Blue Limited Edition); and new exterior colors. Evening Blue, Ruby Red and Hydro Blue (limited availability promotional color) replace Midnight Blue, Bluestone and Carbon Flash. An interim 2009 model year addition is the available new radio that includes a USB port that interfaces with iPod or other devices.


2009 Saturn Vue:
The 2009 Saturn Vue compact SUV is carryover from the completely redesigned 2008 model, again available in XE, XR and Red Line models, in FWD or AWD. Also available are two Vue Hybrids. New for 2009 is standard panic brake assist, new door handles, a chrome package for V-6 models, and Bluetooth connectivity. New exterior colors include Quicksilver, Gold Mist, Aquamarine and Chili Pepper Red.

Saturn will sell two Vue Hybrids at the same time in 2009, both available in FWD only. One is the carryover Vue Hybrid (a so-called "mild hybrid") with its 167-hp, 2.4-liter, Ecotec 4-cylinder engine and "more affordable" hybrid electric propulsion motor and modified 4-speed automatic transmission, most likely to be sold at a lower price point. The Vue Hybrid shares exterior design with other Vue models but has new "Hybrid" decals on the upper windshield, rear window and doors. The Vue Hybrid achieves EPA-estimated fuel economy of 25 mpg city/32 mpg highway and has a driving range of 585 miles on one tank of fuel, according to the company.

The newest Vue Hybrid is the Vue 2-Mode Hybrid, featuring the more powerful, next-generation GM 2-mode hybrid system and 255-hp, 3.6-liter, direct-injection V-6 engine with VVT. This will be the first use of the GM 2-mode hybrid in a FWD compact SUV. Saturn says the Vue 2-Mode Hybrid will deliver an estimated 50-percent fuel-economy increase over the non-hybrid V-6 Vue, and will have a driving range that exceeds 500 miles. Saturn also claims that the 3.6-liter, VVT V-6 engine with direct-injection technology ensures maximum performance and fuel economy with no trade-offs: expect 0-60 mph acceleration in approximately 7.3 seconds and a maximum towing capacity of 3500 pounds. The Vue 2-Mode Hybrid is also an Advanced Technology Partial-Zero-Emission Vehicle (ATPZEV), and will have a 500-plus-mile driving range. Two-mode badging ("2-Mode" and "Hybrid") appears on the front doors and rear liftgate of the Saturn Vue 2-Mode Hybrid, and there are other subtle changes, including chrome door handles, chrome exhaust tips, and chrome front and rear skid plates.

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