About Saturn Ion
The Saturn Ion replaced the Saturn S series in 2002 and was replaced in 2008 by the new Saturn Astra. Production of the Saturn Ion ceased on March 29, 2007. It was the last Saturn passenger car produced at the Spring Hill, Tennessee plant originally associated with the brand, and Saturn owners participated in events at the plant. The Saturn Ion was available in three trim levels, Levels 1, 2, and 3. There was also a "Red Line" package. The Red Line was a high-performance version of the car that was only available as a four-door coupe. It was powered by a turbocharged I4 gasoline engine. The production Saturn Ion Quad Coupe debuted at the 2002 New York International Auto Show.
In 2003, it received an Ecotec I4 dual-clutch engine as standard equipment. The Saturn Ion sedan went on sale in mid-October 2002. The four-seater coupe went on sale in early 2003. In 2005, a five-speed Aisin automatic gearbox was installed. The VTi-CVT gearbox. It was used in the four-speed coupe between 2002 and 2004, also disappeared. The GM 4T45-E four-speed transmission replaced both transmissions and became the only automatic transmission available. The 2005 sedan models also received a new steering wheel. The same steering wheel is used on 2004 coupe models. In mid-2005, the seats of the entry-level Ion1 model received upgraded upholstery and height adjustment.
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2005 also saw the introduction of Quiet Steel multilayer noise reduction technology. Cosmetic changes included a redesigned front end with a larger radiator grille, revised wheel covers, and alloy wheels. An acoustic barrier was installed under the hood to reduce noise. In mid-2006, GM introduced two engine upgrade packages for the Red Line and Cobalt SS. The Stage 1 package included more efficient fuel injection and ECU recalibration to improve performance. General Motors decides to discontinue the Ion after the 2007 model year. The Astra will be replaced by the Astra in 2008. The Astra will share the Delta platform with the Ion. Opel offered the Astra in different body styles and with different engines. But Saturn did not import the Astra: it was only available with the base engine and only as a three- and five-door hatchback and in two trim levels.
The Ion is Saturn's latest model and has typical S-series styling features, such as plastic body panels. It comes standard with a four-cylinder engine producing 145 hp. If you opt for the Ion 3 Advanced Performance package, you get a four-cylinder engine with 175 hp. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard in both cases. A four-speed automatic transmission is optional. The Saturn Ion Red Line Coupé is equipped with a four-cylinder engine with forced ignition that develops 205 hp. A five-speed Getrag manual transmission with a short-throw shifter is standard. The Redline is quick, accelerating from zero to 60 km/h in 6.7 seconds.