General Motors Vice Chairman Robert Lutz said Saturn will get SUV that will be "a big brother to the Vue."
Lutz spoke to the GM Minority Dealers Association here Friday, giving a division-by-division review of his plans for a product revival.
GM has not publicly confirmed plans for a larger Saturn SUV or crossover.
After the speech, Lutz said he was not referring to the Relay minivan coming for Saturn, or to an extended-wheelbase version of the Vue.
He said the vehicle will be built on a new architecture. Lutz's description seems to agree with supplier reports that Saturn will get a crossover vehicle on the Lambda architecture, designed for front- and all-wheel-drive minivans and crossovers. That architecture is designated for a plant GM will build near Lansing, Mich.
Construction is slated to begin this year, with vehicles appearing in the 2006 and 2007 model years.
Pontiac and Buick are also scheduled to get Lambda vehicles, industry sources have said.
Lutz said GM is trying to exceed, rather than match, competitors as it designs vehicles: "It is the only way that we're going to get away from this terrible rebate thing."
He also praised the efforts of GM's minority dealers, saying sales at minority-owned stores have grown from $7.8 billion in 1999 to $12.2 billion in 2003. Profits are at the same level as other dealerships.
Said Lutz: "The profitability between minority and non-minority dealers is really at parity."