2 Mode Vue is world’s most fuel-efficient V6
Saturn has just revealed the latest version of its Vue SUV model at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The all-new 2009 Vue Green Line 2 Mode, the first front-wheel-drive compact SUV in the world powered by GM’s two-mode hybrid technology, is designed for customers who want the outstanding fuel savings of an advanced hybrid and the full power and towing capability of an SUV.
The Vue Green Line 2 Mode will deliver an estimated 50 per cent fuel economy increase over the non-hybrid V-6 Vue. It also is expected to have a driving range of more than 800 kilometres (500 miles).
In addition, the vehicle’s 3.6-litre V6 engine with direct injection technology ensures there are no trade-offs between performance and fuel economy. Acceleration time from zero to 100 km/h is expected to be around 7.5 seconds, and the maximum towing load will be 1588 kilograms (3,500 lb).
Production is slated to begin in late 2008.
“The Vue Green Line 2 Mode challenges the notion that a compact SUV can’t be both powerful and efficient,” said Jill Lajdziak, Saturn general manager. “Customers tell us they want a compact SUV that will respect the environment and save money at the gas pump, but they don’t want to give up performance and utility.”