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The badge-engineering process crossed the Atlantic many times and the Saturn Aura was a good example.

Most of the car was the same as the European Opel/Vauxhall Vectra.

When it launched the car on the U.S. market, the GM stated that it was influenced by European-style design. It was more than that. The differences consisted of badges and mandatory equipment for the U.S. market.

From the front, the Aura featured the same swept headlights and the turn-signals on top. The big, chromed bar on the grille, the front bumper with the air-scoops looked very similar to the European Vectra. The raked A-pillars and curved greenhouse inspired big confidence that the car will offer a roomy cabin. The rear side of the car was different, with bigger taillights for the Aura.

Inside, the Aura featured a different instrument cluster, with three round dials, binocular style, instead of four dials as its European siblings. The Aura tried to look more luxurious, with a fat gear-selector on the center console. The rear seats offered ample legroom and headroom, and the wood trims on the doors looked more luxurious than on the Vectra.

Under the hood, the Aura was empowered with different engines. It was offered with a choice of four-pot engine and two V6-units. All of them were mated to a 4- or 6-speed automatic. The latter was offered exclusively on the 3.6-liter version.

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press release
SATURN Aura 2006 - 2009
  3 gasoline engines
  • 2.4L 4AT (169 HP)
  • 3.5L V6 4AT (224 HP)
  • 3.6L V6 6AT (252 HP)
  1 hybrid engine
  • 2.4L Hybrid 4AT (164 HP)
brochures (download)
SATURN Aura Brochure 2008

SATURN Aura 2.4L 4AT (169 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.4L 4AT (169 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2384 cm3
Power
126 KW @ 5800 RPM
171 HP @ 5800 RPM
169 BHP @ 5800 RPM
Torque
162 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM
220 Nm @ 4500 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
16.4 gallons (62.1 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
P225/50 R17
DIMENSIONS
Length
190 in (4826 mm)
Width
70.3 in (1786 mm)
Height
57.6 in (1463 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.9/60.3 in (1,521/1,532 mm)
Wheelbase
112.3 in (2852 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.9 cuFT (422 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.3
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3446 lbs (1563 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4447 lbs (2017 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
22 mpg US (10.7 L/100Km)
Highway
30 mpg US (7.8 L/100Km)
Combined
25 mpg US (9.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
223.7 g/km

SATURN Aura 3.5L V6 4AT (224 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.5L V6 4AT (224 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3510 cm3
Power
167 KW @ 5800 RPM
227 HP @ 5800 RPM
224 BHP @ 5800 RPM
Torque
220 lb-ft @ 3200 RPM
298 Nm @ 3200 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
16.4 gallons (62.1 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
P225/50 R17
DIMENSIONS
Length
190 in (4826 mm)
Width
70.3 in (1786 mm)
Height
57.6 in (1463 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.9/60.3 in (1,521/1,532 mm)
Wheelbase
112.3 in (2852 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.9 cuFT (422 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.3
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3585 lbs (1626 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4447 lbs (2017 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
18 mpg US (13.1 L/100Km)
Highway
29 mpg US (8.1 L/100Km)
Combined
22 mpg US (10.7 L/100Km)

SATURN Aura 3.6L V6 6AT (252 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.6L V6 6AT (252 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
3564 cm3
Power
187.9 KW @ 6300 RPM
255 HP @ 6300 RPM
252 BHP @ 6300 RPM
Torque
251 lb-ft @ 3200 RPM
340 Nm @ 3200 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
16.4 gallons (62.1 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
P225/50 R17
DIMENSIONS
Length
190 in (4826 mm)
Width
70.3 in (1786 mm)
Height
57.6 in (1463 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.9/60.3 in (1,521/1,532 mm)
Wheelbase
112.3 in (2852 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.9 cuFT (422 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.3
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3660 lbs (1660 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4447 lbs (2017 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
17 mpg US (13.8 L/100Km)
Highway
26 mpg US (9 L/100Km)
Combined
20 mpg US (11.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
278.5 g/km

SATURN Aura 2.4L Hybrid 4AT (164 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.4L Hybrid 4AT (164 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
2393 cm3
Power
122 KW @ 6400 RPM
166 HP @ 6400 RPM
164 BHP @ 6400 RPM
Torque
159 lb-ft @ 5000 RPM
216 Nm @ 5000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Hybrid
Fuel capacity
16.4 gallons (62.1 L)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
P225/50R17
DIMENSIONS
Length
190 in (4826 mm)
Width
70.3 in (1786 mm)
Height
57.6 in (1463 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.9/60.3 in (1,521/1,532 mm)
Wheelbase
112.3 in (2852 mm)
Ground Clearance
6.3 in (160 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.9 cuFT (422 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.3
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3523 lbs (1598 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4447 lbs (2017 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
24 mpg US (9.8 L/100Km)
Highway
32 mpg US (7.4 L/100Km)
Combined
30 mpg US (7.8 L/100Km)
Notes
Notice
mild hybrid
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