The Saturn Aura concept provides a clear preview of how the Saturn design element can be applied to a sporty medium sedan.
Aura is powered by a 250-horsepower 3.6L DOHC V-6 engine with variable valve timing. It’s mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual tap up/tap down shift controls. Safety performance is provided by roof rail-mounted head curtain side-impact air bags, side-impact thorax air bags, four-wheel ABS with traction control and StabiliTrak, GM’s electronic stability control system.
The Saturn Aura’s profile is striking, with 19-inch, polished alloy wheels pushed to the corners, resulting in short overhangs. Accenting the wheels and low-profile Z-rated tires are wheel flares, along with side rockers with rearward-swept feature lines and a high belt line.
At the rear of the vehicle, the LED taillamps contribute to the vehicle’s lighting design. Other key styling elements include the rear fascia, with a trapezoidal central exhaust, chrome bar and rear spoiler.
Inviting, comfortable and spacious interior
’’The interior of the Saturn Aura reflects our vision of future Saturn vehicles’’, said Dave Rand, GM executive director of interiors. â€œThe Saturn Aura is a modern interpretation of luxury,â€ Rand said. ’’For the interior, we made extensive use of metallic accents that complement the leather to enhance the upscale feel of the environment.’’
The Saturn Aura features a long wheelbase that delivers a great deal of passenger room. The vehicle’s interior feel spacious thanks to the large windshield, a result of the steeply raked A-pillar, and the p anoramic roof, which features four sliding glass panels to create a convertible-style open-air driving experience.
Rustica leather seats provide firm and supportive comfort and are designed to resemble expensive furniture. To further accentuate its upscale character and enhance tactile feel, the door insert, seat insert, shift knob and steering wheel are all suffused in the same Rustica leather.
The Saturn logo medallion on the steering wheel, the instrument cluster, the center vent and the window and door switches are all backlit. This concept vehicle also features theater dimming, ambient overhead lighting and illuminated door handles.
Chrome sill plates with the Saturn logo, light titanium-finished knobs and buttons for the heating and cooling system, radio and on the door panels convey a sense of luxurious precision. A metallic overlay is also incorporated into the brake and accelerator pedals.