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Concept Showcases New Saturn Design Direction
Date: Apr 11, 2006
CONCEPT SHOWCASES NEW SATURN DESIGN DIRECTION
NEW YORK – The Saturn PreVue crossover concept – revealed today
at the New York International Auto Show – continues Saturn’s ongoing
product revitalization and provides a glimpse of future Saturn vehicle
The three-door, four-wheel drive crossover offers a sporty
interpretation of Saturn’s new design language and illustrates how it
could be applied to a future version of Saturn’s highly successful Vue
The PreVue was collaboratively developed with GM’s Opel brand and was
seen as the Opel Antara GTC concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2005.
The vehicle is part of the ongoing cooperation between the Saturn and
"There is significant synergy between Opel and Saturn," said Jill
Lajdziak, Saturn general manager. "Both brands play in similar market
segments, have similar competitors and target similar customers in their
Unveiled with the PreVue concept were three new production vehicles that
will arrive at Saturn retailers in 2006: the Aura midsize sedan, Sky Red
Line roadster and Outlook crossover utility.
The current generation of Saturn’s Vue continues to be popular, with
more than 350,000 vehicles sold since the vehicle debuted in 2002.
The PreVue merges the seemingly contradictory design elements of a
sporty coupe and a powerful SUV. Coupe-like features include the two
doors and tailgate, along with a side window design sans B-pillar and an
elegantly sloping roof. These cues combine with SUV characteristics such
as powerful side shoulders and wheel cutouts; steeply inclined windows;
stable flanks and short overhangs for large approach and departure
“The PreVue is sporty, aggressive and emotional, and fits in perfectly
with Saturn’s brand character,” said Phil Zak, PreVue design director. “
The result is a refined shape that conveys adventure and performance,
even when stationary.”
Attention to detail is clear in the PreVue styling. In front, the
crossover features a V-shaped brushed aluminum radiator grille,
detailed, jewel-like headlamps and Saturn badging. The front and rear
underside protection has been cut from solid aluminum, as has the edge
protection strip in the luggage area.
In profile, frameless windows slope downward, accentuating its
coupe-like silhouette, and louvers on the sides of the fenders fit into
fine aluminum frames, much like the vents on the side of the engine hood
and exhaust openings behind the doors.
An Everglade Mica green exterior features contrasting dark bumpers and
bottom body strip. Inspiration for this body strip came from the soles
of athletic shoes, and the pattern repeats on the accelerator and brake
Door handles retract flush with the body, and only slide out when the
driver approaches the vehicle with a remote door opener.
On the roof, two silver strips flank the body-colored center strip,
which separates two sunroofs and merges with the pantographic hinge
that’s affixed to the tailgate. The innovative design moves up and
forward when the tailgate opens – so drivers don’t have to step back
when accessing the cargo area.
Front and rear headlamps consist of light-emitting diodes, which have a
longer life and shorter response times than conventional lamps. The lamp
units are smoothly integrated into the front fenders, and in the rear,
they form a brilliant highlight in transition from side shoulder to
Polished aluminum 20-inch wheels complete the package.
On the inside, generous use of warm tones and leather mix with carbon
fiber seatbacks, as well as stainless steel and aluminum cockpit
elements. Designers opted for a two-toned interior, with dark brown
dominating the upper part of the instrument panel and door liners, with
light beige lower areas, roof, seats and floors.
The panoramic roof system features two generously sized sunroofs for a
bright, cheerful interior, with dark tinted glass protecting passengers
from excessive sunlight. The center roof console, which runs the length
of the vehicle, offers ample storage space. In addition, a specially
designed leather storage bag can be moved along a rail between the front
and rear seats, or removed for shopping or sightseeing.
The center console accommodates the transmission gear lever, which is
ringed by brushed stainless steel; three large round glossy-black vents;
and infotainment and HVAC controls, which are backlit in turquoise. The
console incorporates handles at each side to accentuate the vehicle’s
The instrument panel also is backlit in turquoise and encased in an
aluminum housing. And instead of traditional carpeting, the floors are
fitted with sisal, a ropelike natural fiber typically used in home
interiors, for a stylish, durable look.
The four seats, mounted to monorails, appear to be floating atop the
floor for a spacious, airy appearance. With the press of a button, the
seats slide forward to the instrument panel so rear passengers can
access the vehicle.
The rear seats fold away into the floor, and the sisal-lined cargo area
can be folded flat up to the front seats, thanks to a moving double
The PreVue is powered by a two-stage turbocharged 212-horsepower (156 kw)
twin-turbo version of the Ecotec common-rail diesel engine. It features
hefty torque at low engine speeds (295 lb.-ft. / 400 Nm @ 1400 rpm), and
is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The transversely
installed four-cylinder engine features dual overhead camshafts, four
valves per cylinder and variable turbo blade geometry.
SATURN PREVUE SPECIFICATIONS
Vehicle type: two-door, four-passenger crossover
Wheelbase (in / mm): 106.6 / 2692
Length (in / mm): 178 / 4530
Width (in / mm): 77.6 / 1970
Height (in / mm): 65 / 1640
Track (in / mm): 61 / 1460
Engine: two-stage turbocharged 212-hp (156 kw) twin-turbo version of
Transmission: six-speed automatic
Wheels: 20-inch polished aluminum