2004 Saturn Curve Concept review and pictures

Posted on Thursday, 9 March 2006 , 22:03:44 byEmil

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Saturn Curve Concept

Shape, color and sound affect the senses. With the Saturn Curve concept, a sinewy shape, warm colors and the aural delights of a supercharged engine warm the emotions of those who appreciate sophisticated and engaging automobiles. The Curve signifies Saturn's evolution, both in styling and product. Saturn is growing its portfolio, planning new vehicles and exploring dynamic, refined designs

General Motors introduced the Saturn Curve at the North American International Auto Show. It was one of the vehicles, including the Pontiac Solstice production model and Chevrolet Nomad concept, built on GM's new rear-wheel-drive Kappa architecture. Design creativity and implementation was a collaboration of GM's worldwide resources, driven by GM North America's Advanced Design Team and developed by GM's European Advanced Design Center in Sweden. The European design influence bolsters the Curve's aura of refinement. Final assembly was completed in Italy, with assistance from Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina.

Inside, an open-gate shifter and analog instruments evoke the feel of a pure sports car, while the interior environment is warmed and enhanced with 'floating' door inserts that feature color-changing backlighting. This unique lighting effect transmits a subdued mood throughout the vehicle and is the type of innovative feature at home in a Saturn.

A curved wood center console is the interior's dominant feature and is attached to the dashboard via a tongue-and-groove joint. It also encapsulates the engine instruments. Blonde wood is used to convey lightness and airiness, while charcoal-colored leather and terracotta inserts accent the dashboard and upholstery. An aluminum band running the width of the interior serves as a divider for the interior's different elements. A matching aluminum handle greets those who open the Curve's doors, inviting them to plunge into a warm environment that reflects the friendly nature of the Saturn brand.

Despite its relaxed demeanor inside, the Curve delivers a stirring sports car experience. Built on GM's new Kappa architecture, this sport coupe features rear-wheel drive, independent front and rear suspensions, and a solid chassis built on the foundation of full-length hydroformed frame rails. Stampings attached to the rails form a rigid structure onto which the body panels are mounted.

Sports car performance is derived from a supercharged 2.2-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine that produces more than 200 horsepower and more than 200 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine features fuel-saving variable valve timing technology, which is available on some of GM's four-, five- and six-cylinder engines. Through the use of variable engine valve timing, lift and duration can improve fuel economy, emissions and performance. The transmission is a Getrag five-speed manual.