2010 Saturn Preview: What Could Have Been, What Might Still Be...

Last month, General Motors announced that it would stop building Saturns when production of the brand's 2009 models ended later this year – unless, of course, Saturn is spun-off from GM and its new owners request GM to produce 2010 models for the brand's retailers to sell. With the sale of Saturn looking more and more likely, it is also looking more and more likely that GM will indeed build 2010 model year Saturns. Here's a look at what was in store for Saturn's 2010 model year – and what will likely be produced once Saturn is formally separated from GM.

All of the details below are from the recently released 2010 GM Fleet and Commercial Guide. Click on the images for more readable, full-size versions.

2010 Astra: No noted changes for '10. The Astra brings a decidedly European flavor to the North American compact car market. It is packed with a wide range of standard equipment and safety features, and delivers sporty performance. Astra is offered in 3-and 5-door models.

2010 Aura: The Saturn Aura is a European-influenced midsize sedan with a highly refined interior. StabiliTrak is standard on all models. 2010 marks the introduction of three new Aura models: XE-4 Preferred, XR-4 Premium and XR-V6 Premium. A tire inflation kit is now standard on all Aura models. Outside, power-adjustable black folding mirrors are standard on the Aura XE. New colors include White Diamond Tri-coat and Tungsten. More information about the '10 Saturn Aura is online here.

2010 Sky: Saturn Sky is a two-seat convertible roadster with dynamic styling and outstanding performance. The fully equipped Sky is complemented by an even more powerful Red Line model with a turbocharged engine delivering 260 horsepower. For 2010, the Sky roadster "Preferred" model is added to the lineup. The car sports new P245/45R18-96V performance, all-season radial tires. Remote vehicle starter system is included with automatic transmission on the Sky Roadster Preferred and Sky Red Line. Leather is now standard on the Sky Roadster Preferred and Sky Red Line. New colors include Sunburst Yellow, Dark Granite, and Kinetic Blue.

2010 Outlook: The Outlook allows Saturn enthusiasts the opportunity to enter the GM medium utility crossover segment. It’s a sleek, stylish crossover that can easily accommodate eight passengers. Body-frame integral construction provides a rigid foundation for an impressively smooth ride. For 2010, there's a new XV front-wheel-drive model, an XE Preferred model (FWD/AWD). and XR Premium model (FWD/AWD). A USB port is now included on audio systems for XE Preferred, XR, and XR Premium models. An inside rearview mirror with video screen for rearview camera is offered, as is XM NavTraffic. A Sandstone exterior hue is new for '10.

2010 Vue: The Saturn Vue is a compact five-door crossover vehicle with up-to-date design, refined styling, inside and out, and sporty ride and handling. It is available in front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive. For 2010, the only noted changes is the availablity of a rearview camera system, as well as an inside manual day/night rearview mirror with video display. Both changes have an interim availability. New-for-2010 colors include Ice White and Cyber Gray.

Looking for information on GM's other 2010 models? Download and peruse the complete 2010 GM Fleet and Commercial Car and Truck Guide.

Source: GM

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