Video: Update on the 2009 Saturn Vue 2-Mode Hybrid

2009 Vue 2 Mode Green Line Hybrid

From HybridSUV.com: This green SUV will have a 3.6-liter V6 under the hood to garner 260 horsepower, zero to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds, all while boasting a 3,500-pound towing capacity. It will also include GM's first front-wheel-drive two-mode transmission and a total driving range of more than 500 miles per tank of gas. Boasting a 50% improvement in overall fuel economy (when compared to the Vue XR V6 model), we fully expect this to be a big hit, especially if gas prices begin creeping back up in preparation for the upcoming driving season. This figures out to roughly 28 miles per gallon in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. In terms of MSRP, the estimates have been all over the board. Edmunds was told to expect it to be a bit less than $33,000, so we'll stick with that until we hear otherwise.

Separately, Saturn posted an video preview of the Vue 2-Mode hybrid on YouTube Friday. Watch it below:

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Saturn Mulls 300+ hp Aura Red Line

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Automotive News reports that Saturn is considering building a Red Line version of its upcoming Aura midsize car - compete with at least a 300 horsepower powerplant. "It makes sense to get there, and we're talking about proposals that could make it happen," Gene Stefanyshyn, the previous vehicle line executive for GM's Epsilon architecture told Automotive News.