The 2008 Saturn Vue, unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show, brings significant upgrades to the exterior and interior of this small and affordable SUV. Exterior lines are considerably softened from the previous model's, and vents have been added to the front fenders--we assume to better cool the big 3.6-liter V-6 engine in the XR and Red Line versions. Any Vue with a V-6 also gets a new 6-speed automatic transmission. But Saturn doesn't end its technical upgrades there. The Vue will now have a navigation system as an option, and even the standard stereo plays MP3 CDs.
The standard gasoline version of the Vue will come out in the second quarter of 2007. The upgraded hybrid version, the 2008 Saturn Vue Green Line, won't come out until later in 2007. It features the same body and interior appointments, including the navigation option, which wasn't available in the 2007 Saturn Vue Green Line. In addition, the 2008 Green Line gets a new hybrid system, the Dual Mode Hybrid system, which GM is just now launching. This system is supposed to give the Vue Green Line 45 percent better mileage over its gasoline counterpart.