• Feb 7, 2007
click above image to view live shots of the 2008 Saturn Red Line

Admittedly, hot-rodded cute-utes mystify many of us, but the kids seem to love 'em, and the Red Line version of Saturn's 2008 Vue should satisfy those looking for a combination of practicality and power.

We're sure that some Saturn fans were not happy with the inclusion of Honda power in the previous Vue RL, and they can take comfort in the fact that the "foreign" drivetrain has been replaced with the General's own High Feature DOHC V6 and six-speed automatic. Front wheel drive is standard, while those looking to route those 250 ponies via additional paths can opt for AWD.

The front fascia receives special Red Line attention, and out back, two large rectangular exhaust tips remind followers that they're not behind a garden-variety Vue. Inside, the RL gets an exclusive Ebony color scheme, along with suede inserts on the seating surfaces to keep butts properly planted when exploring the limits of the lowered suspension and fat wheel/tire package.

Mike from ABG made the comment that this is a bit like a poor man's BMW X3, and we'd have to agree with that statement.

Check out the gallery for additional shots of the Vue Red Line followed by the official press release after the jump.


PRESS RELEASE:

SATURN DEBUTS 2008 VUE RED LINE AND GREEN LINE HYBRID

Specialized Models Provide Bold Looks, Performance Tuning, Fuel Savings and Value

CHICAGO – Saturn announced two new variants of the completely redesigned 2008 Vue crossover utility at the Chicago Auto Show: the performance-tuned Red Line and the affordable, fuel-saving Green Line hybrid.

The Red Line builds on the new Vue's bold styling with an aggressive front-end design, including a large, lower air opening and projector beam fog lamps. The rear of the vehicle features a special fascia, spoiler and chrome exhaust tips. A lowered suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels and Red Line badges complete the performance-inspired appearance.

From a performance perspective, the Red Line comes with standard tap up/tap down transmission control and sport-tuned ride and handling. It is powered by a dual overhead cam 3.6L V-6 VVT engine that delivers 250 horsepower (186 kW) at 6,500 rpm and 243 lb.-ft. (329 Nm) of torque at 4,400 rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The Vue Red Line will be available in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

Interior modifications include a Red Line-only Ebony interior, including black leather sport seats with suede fabric inserts. The vehicle also features Red Line-logo instrument cluster graphics and embroidered floor mats.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      "a bit like a poor man's BMW X3"

      Why do we have to say the lower price option is the "poor man's..." I hate that phrase. It implies that all of us will choose to spend as much as we can possibly afford on a car. Maybe some of us like cars, but have other priorities, too. Would you say it's fair to assume all of us would pay 53% more for a car with maybe 10% better performance? I know it's 'just a phrase', but think about it.

      The current X3 with sport package is about $43,000. The current Red Line Vue is $28,000, and this one will probably be about that, too. Given that the Vue is about 90% the performance for 65% the price... maybe we should call it the sensible choice.

      Making poor money choices is how the poor man stays poor. Even if he drives a BMW and tries to look rich.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What about the two different color/materials used for the front seats.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What's up with the big emergency flasher button on the dash? It stands out more than the dash! I noticed they stopped putting them on the steering wheel. Anyways the new Red Line looks pretty good, not as SUV-ish as the current one though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      At first I thought it was two different colors but that's just a spotlight making it look that way!!

      This one definitely need better looks, but it looks more like Acura RDX than the Koreans. That may bode well for Saturn because of Acura's $34K price tag.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would prefer something that made this a more performance oriented machine, some forced induction or a slightly larger engine, not just a slight modifoed Vue XR
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love this suv based in a daewoo windstorm
      • 7 Years Ago
      No, that front facia isn't over done at all...

      One question... does it suck up errant bits of garbage as it cruises down the freeway?

      Sorry but this is the worst of the Opel imports. The others are great but this looks... awkward. I think the korean comparisons have some merit. The rear looks just like a Suzuki.
      • 7 Years Ago
      VUE owners are sad to see the Honda V6 leave. Many VUE owners never would have bought their VUE's if it had a GM V6. It was a perfect combination, a Saturn polymer body and a Honda powertrain. The Honda J35 V6 was the best thing ever to happen to the VUE. No V6 is as smooth, powerful, or efficient as this engine.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree, it does somehow look Korean. Perhaps similar to the unrelated Kia Rio.

      I think they're going to have trouble with the styling because it looks much smaller than it is, almost like a toy. I'm not sure many people want an SUV that looks like a toy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Persnally I prefer the OHV engines to the OHC engines, but I must say the 3.6 dohc engine from GM is a wonderful engine when I tested it out
      • 7 Years Ago
      "We're sure that some Saturn fans were not happy with the inclusion of Honda power in the previous Vue RL, and they can take comfort in the fact that the "foreign" drivetrain has been replaced with the General's own.."

      Actually, that's [Honda V6] the reason a lot of buyers bought the original VUE RL. It wasn't a GM V6!

      Will reserve final judgement on the RL and the other new VUEs until I see them in person. Pictures did not do the Outlook any good (what's with GM's use of ugly powder blue cars on cloudy days for photography?!?) but I like it in person.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I absolutely agree. I own a 2007 Vue V6 FWD and the main reason I chose it was for the Honda engine. Too bad for all the 2008ers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Holy crap! Rear disc brakes! The last red line did NOT have them.
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