Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Opel unveils Antera (Saturn Vue replacement)

New Opel Antera, basis for 2007 or 2008 Saturn VueFirst we had the 3-door Antera GTC concept, then the identical Saturn PreVue concept...now we have the first pictures of the production version of the 5-door Opel Antera and soon to be new Saturn Vue (though Saturn may change the name to hammer home how different this is than the Chevy Equinox/Pontiac Torrent/Suzuki's new XL-7 sibling that is the current VUE).

In Opel guise, the Antera gets a 2.4l gasoline 4-cylinder as it's base powerplant (very likely the base engine for Saturn duty as well). A 3.2l V-6 with 240-ish hp would be the replacement for the Honda sourced engine used in the VUE (and would give the Outlook's 3.6l engine bragging rights). Opel will offer a 150hp, 2.0l diesel as well, but don't expect it to make the jump to Saturn unless diesel's become much more popular than they currently are.

Expect a higher level of fit-and-finish than the current Vue as well as modern high-tech gadgets like stability control (StabiliTrak) and in-dash navigation available on top models.

New Opel Antera, basis for 2007 or 2008 Saturn Vue

New Opel Antera, basis for 2007 or 2008 Saturn Vue

New Opel Antera, basis for 2007 or 2008 Saturn Vue

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