The 2003 Saturn Ion is larger, more comfortable and more powerful than the S series it replaces.
The Ion is approximately 6 inches longer (185.0 inches), 2 inches wider (67.9 inches) and 2 inches taller (56.0 inches) than the 2002 S series.
Power is provided by a 137-hp,
2.2-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine, Saturn announced at the New York auto show.
A replacement for the aging S series, which was introduced in 1990, is overdue. Sales dropped from 231,522 in 1998 to 162,110 in 2001.
There will be two Ion models: a sedan and what Saturn calls a "quad coupe," which has two rear-hinged rear doors. Sales begin this fall.
The Ion will be offered with electronic power steering, a continuously variable transmission and speed-sensitive windshield wipers. Like other Saturn models, the Ion will have polymer body side panels.