Saturn Vue Two-Mode Hybrid Rated at 28 MPG

Front_qtr_IM Remember the Saturn Vue Two-Mode Hybrid? If you don’t, you’ll never know it, as this Saturn Vue model will never go on sale.

The vehicle was so close to launch that the EPA even tested it: The Vue Two-Mode would have received a 27/30 mpg city/highway, 28 mpg combined rating. That means the ill-fated 255-hp hybrid crossover would have been more fuel-efficient than the 2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid (though that model is larger and comes equipped with all-wheel drive), but less efficient than the 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid and 2010 Lexus RX 450h.

The Vue Two-Mode Hybrid was part of Saturn’s aggressive hybrid strategy, which was intended to lead to a plug-in hybrid in 2010. The Vue Two-Mode Hybrid was equipped with a powerful V-6 engine and could accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds and tow up to 3,500 pounds.

The model would have complemented the Vue Hybrid, which has a 172-hp four-cylinder powertrain and, interestingly enough, achieves the same combined EPA rating – 28 mpg – as its erstwhile Two-Mode sibling would have.

The Vue Two-Mode was supposed to be a 2009 model, going on sale in late 2008. Saturn even went so far as to put the vehicle up on its build configurator at the beginning of the year. Since then, the model has been taken off Saturn’s consumer site, and there’s no mention of it as a future model. The model never went into production at GM’s Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, assembly plant where all Vues are built.

Now, with GM’s recent bankruptcy, the automaker is actively looking for a buyer for Saturn, which could drastically change the brand’s vehicle lineup.

The 2007 Saturn Vue was the first GM SUV to have a hybrid system. The Vue Two-Mode would have been the first front-wheel-drive implementation of GM’s two-mode hybrid technology; as of now, the system is only used on full-size SUVs and trucks.

For 2010, Saturn had also planned to offer a plug-in version of the Vue, which would have allowed the vehicle to travel 10 miles on its electric motors only.

According to Motor Trend, GM has confirmed that the Vue’s plug-in hybrid technology will be implemented on another model, from either Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac.

GM Confirms Saturn Vue Plug-In Hybrid Tech Will Switch to Another Model (Motor Trend)
Saturn Vue News (KickingTires)

Comments 

If the purpose of hybrids is *mainly* for better fuel economy/lower emissions...why the v6, isn't that the mistake we all learned from the Accord Hybrid? Most consumers in the market for a hybrid don't care about acceleration, so it might be a good thing that GM didn't go through with it. Had Saturn survived, I think it'd be much more logical to equip the 4-cylinder with the two-mode, but eh...

Tony

Billy4202,

I think, the idea wasn't bad. A v6 hybrid delivering better mileage then I4. Why not?
This car (if it really makes 27/30) would do better then CR-V and many others, even sedans. No problem here. Problem is, at what cost? And ever improving competition.

JM

GM could use this to differentiate the Terrain from the Equinox.

Equinox gets the mild hybrid four cylinder, while the Terrain gets the V6 two-mode.

cody

yeah, the key benifit of the v6 is a respectable towing capacity and brisk accelleration. in a unibody suv, i'd rather have the fuel economy.

Original sheth

The Escape hybrid has an I-4 engine, not comparable to the Vue hybrid. The Vue two mode would have offerd better performance than the Escape hybrid or any gas only small SUV with a four cylinder. 27mpg in the city for a V6 powered vehicle is excellent. A camry V6 only get 19mpg in the city.

J

Here comes Sheth's sour cry again.
He/she could have named ANY V6 powered vehicles.

cody

does the penske purchase of saturn mean that the two hybrid vues will live on for a bit longer???

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