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The Saturn Outlook is a full-size crossover SUV that debuted at the New York International Auto Show, and was based on the GM Lambda platform, which it shared with the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia. The Outlook went on sale in 2006 as a 2007 model. The Outlook featured the lowest sticker price among GM's Lambda crossover SUVs, slotting below the GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave. The Chevrolet Traverse would ultimately take the place of the Outlook as the family-oriented model following the introduction of the Traverse for the 2009 model year, and the demise of the Outlook, along with the rest of the Saturn brand in 2010, with the 2010 model year being the final model year for the Outlook. The Saturn Outlook was discontinued after the 2010 model year.

Saturn Outlook
Saturn Outlook -- 03-24-2012.JPG
ManufacturerGeneral Motors
Model years2007–2010
AssemblyLansing-Delta Township Assembly in Delta Township, Michigan, United States
Body and chassis
ClassFull-size crossover SUV
Body style4-door SUV
LayoutTransverse front-engine, front-wheel drive / all-wheel drive
PlatformGM Lambda platform/GMT966 (Series GMT960)
RelatedBuick Enclave
GMC Acadia
Chevrolet Traverse
Engine3.6 L LY7  V6
3.6 L LLT  V6
Transmission6-speed 6T70 automatic
Wheelbase118.9 in (3,020 mm)
Length200.7 in (5,098 mm)
Width78.2 in (1,986 mm)
Height69.9 in (1,775 mm)
PredecessorSaturn Relay
SuccessorChevrolet Traverse
GMC Acadia
Saturn Outlook rear

Following the withdrawal of a bid by Penske Automotive to acquire Saturn, the Motors Liquidation Company of General Motors announced in September 2009 that it would phase out the Saturn brand by October 31, 2010, when it ceased operations.[1] The GM logos were applied on the front doors of the Outlook; the GM logo had stopped being applied on the Outlook in 2010, but the GM logo was applied on the early 2010 Outlook models.



The Outlook was powered by the 3.6 L V6 DOHC 24-valve HFV6 engine with Variable Valve Timing, available with either single or dual exhaust. Both versions use the Hydra-Matic 6T75 six-speed automatic transmission, and available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

Year Exhaust Engine Power Torque Transmission
2007–2008 Single 3.6 L LY7 V6 270 hp (198 kW) 248 lb·ft (331 N·m) 6-speed 6T75
Dual 3.6 L LY7 V6 275 hp (199 kW) 251 lb·ft (335 N·m)
2009 Single 3.6 L LLT V6 281 hp (210 kW) 266 lb·ft (361 N·m)
Dual 3.6 L LLT V6 288 hp (215 kW) 270 lb·ft (366 N·m)

Yearly American salesEdit

Year Sales
2006 144
2007 34,748
2008[2] 25,340
2009[3] 13,115
2010 3,637[4]

Seating configurationEdit

The Outlook can seat eight in a three-row setting. The front row consists of two bucket seats, and the second row is available as either a 60/40 split-folding three-passenger bench seat or two individual "captain chairs." The third row is a 60/40 split-folding three-passenger bench seat.

In the press release accompanying the Outlook's launch, GM emphasized the "industry first" SmartSlide second row. In case of both bench seat or captain chairs, the seat cushion flips forward while the seat is being slid forward, which allows for "compression" of the space used by the seat in the foremost position. If the third seat is folded, this allows for expansion of the cargo area. The system also allows for fore-aft adjustment of the middle seat to change the spacing between the second and third-row seats for more legroom.


The Outlook, along with the other Lambda-based vehicles, was built in the Delta Township Assembly plant near Lansing, Michigan. Production on the Saturn Outlook and its twin the GMC Acadia had both began on May 24, 2006 for the 2007 model year.

In December 2006, all production and sales of the Outlook (and the GMC Acadia) were temporarily stopped due to the engine mounts not having holes drilled to release accumulated water, as well as an issue with potentially faulty rivets in the load floor just forward of the rear hatch. The assembly process was quickly adjusted, and dealerships were told to fix the problems themselves before offering the Outlook (or the Acadia) for sale again. Sales resumed within days of the notice.

Production of the Outlook was halted in late 2009. However, in February 2010 GM resumed production of the Outlook to use up remaining parts prior to the closing of the Saturn division. It is not known how or where they were sold.[5] 3,637 2010 model year Outlooks were built, 2,507 of them were assembled in the calendar year of 2010.

Following its discontinuation, the bodyshell of the Outlook was revived as a mid-cycle refresh of the 2013 GMC Acadia. The bodyshell of the 2013 Acadia was mostly unchanged from the Saturn Outlook, GM had only made changes to the 2013 Acadia where necessary.

Crash test ratingsEdit

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):



The Outlook was an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick for 2008 and 2009.[6][7]


  1. ^ Reuters (September 30, 2009). "GM to wind down Saturn brand by October 2010". Retrieved 2009-10-07.[dead link]
  2. ^ "GM Reports 323,453 December Deliveries; 3.87 Million Vehicles Sold in 2007" (Press release). GM. January 3, 2008.[permanent dead link]
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  4. ^ GM did not report sales of individual models for the discontinued brands after January 2010.
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  6. ^ "Top Safety Picks 2008". Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Archived from the original on 2009-12-23. Retrieved 2009-12-23.
  7. ^ "Top Safety Picks 2009". Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Archived from the original on 2007-05-20. Retrieved 2009-12-23.

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