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2007 Saturn Aura Unveiled

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General Motors has unveiled the 2007 Saturn Aura — a production version of the concept shown last year. Uplevel models feature GM’s first application of a new six-speed automatic transmission mated with the 3.6L DOHC V-6, creating a powerful yet fuel-efficient package. Later in the 2007 model year, Saturn will offer the Aura Green Line, a 2.4L Ecotec-based hybrid that will use a powertrain system similar to the Vue Green Line. It marks the first application of a hybrid powertrain in a GM passenger car. When it goes on sale late this summer, the Aura will be available in two trim levels: the entry XE model and uplevel XR. Each model is well-equipped, with premium features and interior materials among the best in its segment.

Additional design details include a radio antenna integrated in the rear window, for a sleeker overall appearance, and a chrome appearance for the door handles on XR models. Standard 17-inch wheels and tires fill the wheel houses, enhancing the vehicle’s sporty, firmly planted stance. XR models come with 18-inch polished, 14-spoke cast aluminum wheels and performance tires.

Aura is available in nine exterior colors: Berry Red, Black Onyx, Bronzed Pewter, Cream White, Golden Cashmere, Midnight Blue, Ocean Mist, Silver Pearl and Techno Grey



Aura’s interior features include:




Automatic climate control
Center console with dual-bin storage and automatic sliding tambour door covering front cupholders and storage area
Driver information center
Optional power-adjustable pedals
Available eight-way power-adjustable driver seat
Optional heated front seats, available in cloth or leather
Universal home remote
Power windows with driver express up and express down feature
Steering wheel audio controls
Four-panel sliding Panoramic roof



A wide range of audio systems also is available, all from GM’s new family of premium radios that feature intuitive controls and flush mounting for enhanced refinement. A six-speaker radio system is standard and includes an auxiliary input jack for portable audio players. Saturn’s Advanced Audio System also is available. It includes an AM/FM/CD/MP3 radio with eight-speaker sound, a 240-watt amplifier and rear-seat audio controls with two wireless headphones. XM Satellite Radio is available on all models.



Saturn offers two powertrains at launch that provide the Aura’s power and performance for a refined on-road feel. Standard on XE models is the 3.5L V-6 with variable valve timing (VVT). This powerplant, mated with the 4T45-E, four-speed automatic, generates 224 horsepower (167 kw) and 220 lb.-ft. of torque (298 Nm ). The 4T45-E is a four-speed, electronically controlled, automatic overdrive transaxle with an electronically controlled torque converter clutch noted for its low noise, high durability and smooth shifting.



Uplevel XR models are equipped with the 3.6L DOHC V-6 with VVT, rated at 252 horsepower (188 kw) and 251 lb.-ft. of torque (340 Nm). This engine is mated with the all-new Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed automatic transmission, the first application of this important addition to the GM Powertrain portfolio. The transmission allows for strong performance combined with strong fuel efficiency.



In addition, the 6T70 – GM’s first application of a front-wheel drive six-speed automatic transmission – will provide the added benefit of Driver Shift Control (DSC), which enables the driver to manually shift through gears via steering wheel-positioned “paddles.”



The Aura is built on a stiff, robust chassis that serves as the foundation for a satisfying driving experience. The vehicle’s long wheelbase provides a smooth ride, while careful tuning of the suspension provides sharp and immediate response to driver input


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looks like an altima... but not the cool one.... ya know, more like the one that rode the short bus.
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GM is 5 years too late. If they had built cars like this at the turn of the century, they might still be #1.
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Looks to me like a Ford 500.

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Look like Ford did the interior. What are they thinking?
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LOL from what i heard and its prolly old news but i dont keep track is they are shifting saturn to compete with the luxury brands and make it more upscale. guess the reason fer the wood dashes
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I like wood dash's. But with the shit brown leather it look plain bad. The cluster if hard to read. The outside is just ok. Not bad not great. The wheels look like 300Ms.
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I'm right there with Spook. I don't care much for the brown leather look. Other than that I like it and would consider it when its time for my trep to go. I hope that's not for a long time, but whenever, I think this Aura is a likely replacement.
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I like it. I'm not real fond of the squished Cobalt front end, but the overall design is much better than most of the other sedans out there right now. That leather looks like it belongs in those King Ranch Fords.
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that and the impala have an ass end that looks like a 300M rearend well to me they do
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that and the impala have an ass end that looks like a 300M rearend well to me they do
Grammar... please.

I think that Aura is sexy.
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Grammar... please.

I think that Aura is sexy.

Agreed! I like it!
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Grammar... please.

I think that Aura is sexy.

You would like a Turd if it had a GM owned company logo on it.

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What is with the GM's 3.5?
211hp&214ft-lbs in the Impala
224hp&220ft-lbs in saturn (rental version) electric power steering? dual rear mufflers?
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You would like a Turd if it had a GM owned company logo on it.

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LOL :icon_lol:
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