Saturn Crossover Confirmed for 2006

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Saturn officials confirmed last month plans to build a large crossover sport wagon in 2006. The long-rumored "big brother" to the Vue will be the first vehicle based on GM's new Lambda architecture. The Lambda architecture will be the basis for all future GM large sport wagons and minivans. Automotive News reports that the company hopes to build 100,000 of the Saturn branded vehicles. Two trim levels will reportedly be offered: base and uplevel. The front- and all-wheel-drive sport wagon will be larger than the Vue; it will reportedly be sized to compete with the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. In the first model year, the sole powerplant will be a GM V6 engine, but sources say that Saturn will offer a V8 as an option in its second year of production. As with many upcoming Saturn models, the company's trademark polymer body panels will be replaced with a more tradition steel body.

The unnamed Saturn will be built in GM's new Delta Township manufacturing plant under constriction near Lansing, Michigan. Vue production will remain in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

Source: Automotive News

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