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Saturn has announced that its new 8-passenger crossover called the Outlook will have an MSRP of $27,990 for a two-wheel drive model and $29,990 for an all-wheel drive XE model. Uplevel XR models will start at $30,290 for two-wheel drive and $32,290 for all-wheel drive. All models will get General Motors' 3.6-liter VVT V6 that produces 270 hp and 248 ft-lbs. of torque in the base XE and 275 hp and 251 ft-lbs. of torque in the XR thanks to a dual exhaust system. Both engines are paired up with GM's new six-speed automatic transmission, which from what we've heard is a slick shifter. We also now know you can order up your Outlook with options like ultrasonic rear parking assist, a power lift gate, remote start, heated windshield washer fluid, a DVD entertainment system and DVD navigation.

For those concerned that a 8-passenger crossover might be a fuel hog, you'll be surprised to learn that the EPA estimates for the Outlook aren't that bad. Saturn tells us that two-wheel drive models should get 18 mpg city/26mpg highway and four-wheel drive models 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway. We do expect the Outlook to eventually offer a V8 underhood, at which time those numbers will drop considerably. However, GM has a lot of technology available of which the Outlook could potentially avail itself, including a two-mode hybrid system that will be introduced in the Tahoe soon. Such a system would presumably work in the Outlook and its platform mates, the GMC Arcadia and Buick Enclave, returning better fuel mileage than the Tahoe hybrid thanks to its lower weight. Seems like this type of large vehicle would also be a prime candidate for a light-duty diesel engine.

GM and Saturn are certainly being very aggressive with the Outlook's price, which we expect will be the least expensive of the three Lambda-based models. The Saturn Outlook's $28,000 base price is low enough even that people considering a Ford Edge, which starts at just below $26,000 for a two-wheel drive model, will likely be attracted by the Outlook's extra row of seats.

You can check out GM's full press release on the Outlook's pricing after the jump.

[Source: General Motors]

PRESS RELEASE:
Saturn Announces Prices For All New 2007 Outlook

MSRP for new eight-passenger crossover vehicle starts at $27,990

Detroit -- Engineered to provide the ideal balance of style, size and capability, the 2007 Saturn Outlook crossover also features a long list of standard equipment and extremely attractive price.

Saturn announced today the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the front-wheel drive Outlook XE is $27,990. All-wheel drive XE model starts at $29,990.

Fuel economy numbers for the Outlook were also announced, with front-wheel-drive models rated at 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway by the EPA, and all-wheel-drive models rated at 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway.

"The Outlook crossover combines great design and utility with better fuel economy than any eight-passenger SUV," said Saturn General Manager Jill Lajdziak. "It's part of our continuing strategy of combining great vehicles and outstanding value with Saturn's highly regarded customer care."

Outlook features a body-frame integral design that enables lower step-in heights and generous interior space. Outlook offers three rows of seating, with the third row capable of comfortably seating three adults - and with more usable storage space behind the third-row seat than many of its competitors. Access to the third-row seat is made easier with an articulated, industry-first Smart Slide® second-row seat feature.

StabiliTrak is standard on all Outlook models, as are six air bags: two dual-stage frontal air bags for the driver and front passenger, two seat-mounted side-impact air bags in the first row and two head curtain side-impact air bags that cover all three seating rows. Complementing the air bags is GM's rollover sensing system, which can activate the side-impact air bags if sensors determine a rollover is imminent. In the event of a rollover, the air bags stay inflated longer to provide increased occupant containment. Outlook also comes standard with OnStar.

The Outlook XE's 3.6L V-6 VVT produces 270 horsepower (201 kw) and 248 lb.-ft. of torque (336 Nm). The uplevel Outlook XR model, with dual exhaust, provides an estimated 275 horsepower (205 kW) and 251 lb.-ft. of torque (340 Nm). All Outlook models feature a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The uplevel Outlook XR will carry an MSRP of $30,290 for front-wheel drive and $32,290 for all-wheel drive models.

Rounding out the appeal of the Outlook is a wide range of attractive optional equipment, including ultrasonic rear parking assist, power lift gate, remote vehicle start, heated windshield fluid, DVD entertainment system and DVD navigation system.

The Outlook will be built at GM's Lansing/Delta Township (Mich.) assembly facility.


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey 16, are you saying that the quality from China is superior to ours???
      You are not too bright, China built goods suffer horribly in quality, not even approaching 6 sigma or any other industry benchmarks. On ower volume goods they run a 10% deficiency rate. I am speaking from direct experience as I am a liason between my company and our Chinese manufacturer. They throw away over 6% of total production, and we are talking about high volume automated manufacturing. Even with the default rate it is still cheaper though.

      Americans will not tolerate the poor quality from Chinese companies when it comes to automobiles.

      Get your facts straight before spewing out anti-suv eco-nazi crap!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nothing cool here at all. It's a family-mobile and nothing more. Should work for Saturn, but not in the same way things worked for them way in the beginning. Typical GM identity shift that does not establish brand strength over the longterm.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #37 Plus you won't get the recall-a-thon with the GMC. Toyota is crap.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey! I seen this car at my local Saturn Dealership when they were sending it around to get people talking about it. I just want to say that this is the best looking car GM could of made! It is amazing and I can not wait till it comes out because I will be getting one! No questions asked! Great job GM and Saturn!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Too pricey for a new and as yet unproven product. Also,
      heavy (what's up with that?) and late to market. My daughters' Malibu has a very good sound system but no ipod plug in.How about this vehicle?
      • 8 Years Ago
      crossovers are not measured by the amount of passengers they can carry, they are truck bodied cars. In actuality what you have is a SUV that cannot perform as a SUV all show and no go. gravel side streets are the most off roading these things can handle. Examples are Murano, Freestyle (7 passanger),Pacifica (5, 6, or 7 passanger), cx-7, Aztek (LOL), and the list goes on. I say bring back the good ol American station wagon and the el-camino/ranchero!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      How is a 8-passenger vehicle a "crossover"? Or is this just a case of marketing gone crazy?
      • 8 Years Ago
      another stupid suv for stupid suv drivers from a stupid american auto company. build more stupid suvs so when fuel prices rise stupid gm losses more stupid market share to the obviously smarter japanese companies. i am looking forward to teh day when all cars are made in china and we can have not only quality but low prices.

      Posted at 12:31PM on Oct 26th 2006 by Paul

      I sincerely hope your not an American, basing this on the comment when all cars are made in China. Not everyone drives an sub compact economy car, nor has the same requirements for a vehicle, nor maybe the requirements you would like to wish upon them. Push your jealously aside, and thank God that as Americans we have the freedom to make our own choices.

      It's absolutely amazing to see how some American's show their pride in their country, support for their neighbors, and overall striving for the well being of the American economy by calling the American auto companies stupid and we'd be better off by all cars coming from China. This is hardly a way to support your country.
      • 8 Years Ago
      looks like GM is finally getting it -- the engine is good in terms of horses and mileage, the transmissions are finally 6 speed and the interiors are great -- they are now able to compete with the imports and the pricing sure helps.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yes, the pricing is fairly aggressive as compared to other Lambda models. And yes, there will be a lot of standard equipment. But start loading on those options and packages and they add up. Quickly. A loaded AWD XR can top out at $42,000, and because it's a Saturn there won't be that many discounts to be had.

      A 4WD Honda pilot with navigation is less than $36,000 and that has every available Honda option. Is that not a competitor for the Outlook?

      I think it's a bit too expensive. Not because it's a Saturn. I'm not going to be dismissive for no reason. I think it's too expensive because of its cost relative to established competitors already on the market.
      • 8 Years Ago
      And the saturn is a helluva lot more CUV than the pilot as well. More power, more Space, better fuel effeciency.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ooops - the Outlook is a unibody. The Tahoe (of which I was thinking initially) is the body on frame design. Both provide great space, but as I need the space and not the towing capacity, the Outlook is a better fit for me.
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