Spied: Next-Gen Saturn Aura Testing Continues, Despite Unclear Future

Next-Generation Aura Spied in the U.S.

LeftlaneNews.com reports that Saturn is continuing to put its next-generation Aura through its paces, even though the company has said that it will be keeping the current Aura in its lineup for another three or four years due to budgetary issues. However, several sources – including Leftlane – have said the car's delay is not only the result of corporate-wide cost-cutting initiatives. Saturn reportedly wants to launch the car with an impressive batch of new fuel-efficient powerplants that are still a couple years away. Read the full article and view Leftlane's spy photos by following the link below the quote.

Our travels throughout two states this week found engineers busy testing both the recently introduced Opel Insignia and its upcoming near-identical twin, the all-new Saturn Aura. Both models have very similar – yet unique grilles, and the Saturn is proudly wearing U.S. spec headlamps. Although testing has obviously not slowed, production and on-sales dates for the Saturn are currently "in the air" – as sources from GM’s Fairfax, Kansas, plant have leaked. Sources are guessing that fuel economy and CAFE Standards may be responsible for the indefinite delay. The upcoming Aura/Insignia is based on GM's fresh Epsilon 2 platform. We're expecting similar powertrains to the current model - a couple of V6s and a hybrid - as well as front wheel drive. All wheel drive is a rumored possibility. However, the delayed launch of the Aura could mean GM is working on a new four-cylinder for the mid-sizer.

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