Saturn Vue – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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First generation (2002–2007) [ edit ]

Height

66.5#160;in (1,690#160;mm)

Hybrid: 66.3#160;in (1,680#160;mm)

The Vue was introduced for the 2002 model year and was designed by Saturn. It was manufactured at the Spring Hill GM plant. Its unibody platform is shared with the Chevrolet Equinox.

Pontiac Torrent and the European Opel Antara. The first generation ran from model year 2002-2007.

Four-cylinder Vues use the Ecotec I4. The L81 V6 from the L-Series and five-speed Aisin AF33 automatic transmission were initially offered, but starting in 2004, all six-cylinder Vues were equipped with Honda ‘s 250-horsepower (190#160;kW) J35A3 engine and a Honda transmission. The four-cylinder Vue was available with the VTi continuously variable transmission (CVT) until GM canceled it for 2005 due to dependability issues.

The Vue received a facelift for the 2006 model year. Upgrades included a redesigned interior with higher-quality materials, a new bumper and grille, and some minor cosmetic pieces to the exterior. OnStar is now standard as well as cruise control and automatic headlights.

However, GM badges were not added to the side of the vehicle until GM took over production from Saturn for the second generation Vue.

Model year changes [ edit ]

In 2004:

The Vue Red Line was released

V6 models received Honda’s J35A3 engine and Honda transmission. This 3.5 liter engine and 5 speed transmission boosted performance over the prior V-6. It was an important selling point at the time.

This V-6 engine was used in the Saturn Vue‘s 2004 to 2007 model years.

In 2005:

5- and 4-speed automatic transmissions return for 2005, and the CVT is dropped.

All Vues get a redesigned interior critique with new air vents, new steering wheel, and a new radio faceplate which contributes noise, vibration, and harshness .

In 2006:

Facelift with new interior, cosmetic changes to the exterior.

Saturn Vue is carried over from late-May 2006, because it is a facelift from the 2002-2005 Vue.

Red Line [ edit ]

2004–2005 Saturn Vue Red Line

Saturn introduced a special high-performance line of vehicles in 2004 under the name, Red Line. The Vue Red Line includes the same 250#160;hp (186#160;kW) Honda J35A3 V6 as the regular model, but with sportier suspension tuning, lowered 1 inch, and unique power steering calibration for performance, 18#160;in alloy wheels, ground-effect front and rear bumpers, unique rocker panel trim, chrome exhaust tip, special black leather and suede seats (optional for 2005, standard for 2006 and 2007), footwell lighting (included with leather and suede seats package, not available with optional full-leather (heated front) seats), and a special gauge cluster complete the visual updates. It also includes some special interior features as well, such as a higher quality audio system. [ 1 ]

Green Line [ edit ]

The high-performance Vue Red Line was joined for 2007 by an environmentally oriented Green Line model. The Vue is a mild hybrid. or assist hybrid, using what GM calls a belt alternator starter BAS Hybrid system. [ 2 ] A large electric motor is connected to the crankshaft via a special accessory drive belt, with a modified automatic transmission fitted.

It automatically stops the engine when the vehicle comes to a halt and instantly restarts it when the vehicle must move again. Not to be confused as just a start-stop system, the electric motor also assists somewhat during initial launch, during torque smoothing and when under heavy acceleration. A 36-volt nickel metal hydride (NiMH) battery pack located under the load floor powers the motor/generator unit, and also stores regenerative braking energy.

The regenerative charging and electric motor assist functions are shown to the driver via an analog gauge on the dash board, and real-time fuel-economy feedback is accomplished via an eco light that glows when the instantaneous fuel economy is beating the window sticker fuel economy values.

The fuel savings are 20#160;percent up from the base vehicle’s 22#160;mpg -US (11#160;L/100#160;km)/27#160;mpg -US (8.7#160;L/100#160;km; 32#160;mpg -imp ) city/highway EPA sticker to 27#160;mpg -US (8.7#160;L/100#160;km)/32#160;mpg -US (7.4#160;L/100#160;km), the highest highway fuel economy of any 2007 model SUV sold in the US market. [ 3 ] In Canada, according to Saturn, the Vue gets an estimated 8.8#160;L/100#160;km (32#160;mpg -imp ; 27#160;mpg -US ) city and 6.7#160;L/100#160;km (42#160;mpg -imp ; 35#160;mpg -US ) highway. [ 4 ]

The Green Line has a 170-horsepower (130#160;kW) 2.4-liter Ecotec DOHC -phaser engine which replaces the standard 144-horsepower (107#160;kW) 2.2-liter inline-four engine, resulting in the improvement of 0–60#160;mph (0–97#160;km/h) acceleration time by 1.0#160;second. Pricing for the hybrid is about US$2,000 more than a similarly equipped Vue, and debuted in production form on January 8, 2006 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Green Line went on sale in the third quarter of 2006.

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