What it is
That’s about to change. By the end of 2006, Saturn dealers will be inundated by new customers looking at the Sky roadster, the Outlook SUV, the Vue Green Line hybrid, and this new sedan, the 2007 Saturn AURA. The Aura debuted in production form at the 2006 New York Auto Show, and if Saturn can convince people that’s it is as durable as a Camry and as fun to drive as a Volkswagen, it should have no trouble selling every single Aura it builds.
The 2007 Saturn Aura’s styling theme is patterned after Europe’s Opel, a GM division long admired across the Atlantic for its design flair and driving dynamics. Based on same platform as the Chevrolet Malibu Maxx and Pontiac G6, but tuned to deliver the ride and handling of a premium sport sedan, the 2007 Aura is part of a three-pronged revitalization of Saturn that will lean heavily on Opel style and dynamism as it rebuilds it reputation in the U.S. After the Aura’s initial rollout at the end of this summer, an Aura Green Line will debut with a hybrid powertrain that mates a battery pack and electric motors to a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine. We also wouldn’t be surprised to see an Aura Red Line version come to market with about 275 horsepower under the shapely hood.
Speaking of shapely, what sets the 2007 Saturn Aura apart are emerging brand design cues like a chrome bar grille, jeweled headlamps, shiny door handles, and LED taillights. Saturn will sell the Aura in two trim levels, standard XE and uplevel XR, available in your choice of nine colors.
Why it matters
What’s under the hood
Both of the 2007 Saturn Aura’s engines have variable valve timing. The 3.5-liter V6 makes 224 horsepower and 220 lb.-ft. of torque, while the 3.6-liter V6 whips up 252 horsepower and 251 lb.-ft. torque. The Aura XR’s six-speed automatic is the first Saturn equipped with Driver Shift Control (DSC), GM’s fancy-schmancy name for the paddle shifters. Every Saturn Aura has a four-wheel independent suspension.
Other features include automatic climate control, power windows with express up/down for the driver, and a six-speaker stereo with a CD player and an input jack for portable music players. Options for the 2007 Saturn Aura include an Advanced Audio system with MP3 capability, 240 watts of power, eight speakers, and rear controls with two sets of wireless headphones. You can also get XM satellite radio, power adjustable pedals, an eight-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats in cloth or leather, and a panoramic four-panel sunroof.
Saturn is taking safety seriously in the 2007 Aura: dual-stage front airbags with occupant sensing, side curtain airbags, front side-impact airbags, and OnStar with a free one-year Safe and Sound plan including Advanced Automatic Crash Notification system all come standard.
What we think
Photos by Ron Perry and courtesy of General Motors