Saturn Ion alternatives
Latest model: Saturn Ion Red Line 2006
The Saturn ION is a compact vehicle sold by Basic Motors' Saturn marque. It uses the GM Delta platform. The ION replaced the Saturn S-series in 2003.
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The 2003 ION came traditional with a 140 hp (104 Kw) DOHC Ecotec I4 motor. The Ion's instrument panel is mounted on the top center of the dash, rather than behind the helm. The ION is available in sedan and coupe forms; the coupe is named a "quad coupe" thanks to the two smaller rear-opening "suicide doors" behind the front doors.
A Getrag F23 5-speed manual or an Aisin AF33 5-speed automatic transmission are available. The 2003 and 2004 Ions were available with the Vti continuously variable transmission. In 2004, Saturn presented the high-performance Redline variant of the ION, featuring a supercharged motor. In 2006, the ION received look facelift to give it more of a family resemblance to the 2007 Saturn Aura and Saturn Sky roadster. Under the hood, the long-rumored 170 hp 2. 4 L I4 motor with variable valve timing became available for the ION3.
In 2005 the Aisin 5-speed automatic used in the sedans from 2003-04 and in the quad-coupes from mid 2004 on, along with the Vti trans used in the quad-coupes from 2003 to mid-2004 were both discontinued for different issues.