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C&G Spy Shots: The Next ION!

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The much-maligned ION is being redesigned for the 2008 model year. Still built on the Delta platform, it will share many components with the Opel Astra and Chevrolet Cobalt to save costs. It will be offered with the ION's current powertrains: the Ecotec 2.2L and 2.4L, with manual and automatic transmissions available with both engines. GM has run into a problem regarding the Lordstown plant that will build GMX002. The Cobalt alone is currently almost at the plant's capacity, so either Cobalt buyers will instead buy an ION, or ION production will be lower than the 113,000 units forecasted. It was scheduled to be built at the Lake Orion assembly plant alongside the Pontiac G6, but was changed because of cost issues. Production starts in August 2007, with the program scheduled to run for 4 years (MY 2008-2011). [attachment=6867:ION-Exterior-2008.jpg]

 

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The exterior looks sweet. Looks like a combination of the Aura and Insignia. I'm not in love with the interior, but it's still pretty good and hopefully it looks better in different colors.
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Wow... What a sucky rear. Ugh. Front looks excellent. The interior looks even more excellent. Although... those side HVAC vents are huge! :blink: Oh how I hate the GM that tries to steal my love.
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I really like the look of the new ION. I'm a bit concerned about rear seat headroom and the very small trunklid, but it probably won't be a big deal.

The interior looks to be very high quality and well thought-out. I really like how the shifter flows into the center stack, and that the dashboard wraps around, sort of like the Sky. I think the HVAC vents are huge because they also have the side window defroster in the top part. Having one big faceplate probably saves money.

It's also funny that it goes into production 2 years from now. It will probably be at NAIAS 2007! :lol: :CG_all:
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Will it still look good in 18 months when it is actually revealed? Or in 24 months when it finally hits lots? Or in 92 months when it is ready to be replaced? Thats a long time, a lot can happen. The benchmark cars of today will be vastly improved by the time this finally hits lots, lets hope GM knows what they are doing.
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HUGE improvement. Makes the current Ion look even more retarded than it already does... I hope the rear view does not disapoint.

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I absolutely love it. The only side I need to see is the rear to reserve giving it a slam dunk, but something tells me the whole car will be great. I hope the don't change a thing, especially the interior. They should keep it like that the way the Aura's interior should be left alone.
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Beautiful. Home run. Can't wait to see the rear. Just showed it to a friend who doesn't really know cars, but likes em, and he thinks it's awesome. I love the interior. The way the dash meets the console is perfect.
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Interior looks like it came from a 3 year-old Nissan. Maybe it's just the color, though. The shapes look fine, if a bit Asian. Love the exterior though!
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Wow now that looks good, way better than the current ION. The interior looks nice too, now all they need to do is make a redline version with a 6spd manual and about 250hp :)
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the interior is something I'd expect from Scion or Nissan, but Saturn? .... Nice Work GM, I applaud good work, and frown down on half-ass look's.


But wow, that exterior... that’s what I really like.


What happened to the Aura? I haven't been in the forums that much right before C&G went down, and right after it... incase one of you posted info on that car and I missed it... eh, I'll go and check the Saturn forums.
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I love it!! Saturn is quickly turning into one of my favorite divisions...and 9 months ago I would have placed it almost last on my list!
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Very nice exterior. I like the the sheetmetal crease in the rear - adds some definition. This is not a knock-you-out-of-your socks design but it is very well done. I am a little disappointed with the interior. The gaps in this drawing seem quite large. Additionally, all the materials used seem to be hard plastic, unless they incorporate a cushy "rubberized" material on either side of the controls. Furthermore, I do not like the black plastic that dominates the center controls and switches...why not cover it with piano black, real aluminum, corian? Lastly, this interior design is too similar to that of the 2002 Nissan Altima (look at the wraparound upper dash, waterfall center controls, tall vents). But with this criticism, I applaud GM for doing a commendable improvement on the current ION's worst-in-class interior! All in all, great exterior, ho-hum interior. Hopefully some additional rear seat legroom, more power, better handling & you've got a winner. GM should see a sustantial sales increase with this new model...but man is it far off!
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Nothing new except the rear, looks similar to Astra. The interior is quite different, but the gauges are exactly the same. Opel still remains my second favorite GM brand (after Corvette of course :) )
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An improvement, no doubt. But, as someone already said, will it be enough three years from now? Also, GM should change the name. Calling this ION would be like put the Cavalier badge on the Cobalt. Edited by Supremus
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Looking sharp! Just as long as they don't cut corners, and put some REAL CLOTH UPHOLSTERY IN THIS TIME!!!! NO MORE SYNTHETIC FAKE JUNK!!!! (Are you listening Chevrolet Cobalt, Malibu, Malibu Maxx, and Pontiac G6?)
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YES!!!!!! Finally, a center stack that flows gracefully into the console. Very nice car, all around. This'll be timed well with the supposed Cobalt refresh in '08. My only gripe (if it's legitimate) is that the 2.2 and 2.4 should probably see some sort of hp/torque upgrades by then, just to keep them ahead of the pack.
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