GM Inside News Forum banner
1 - 15 of 15 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,736 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
The STATION WAGON. Once always a body style of practically every four-door sedan on the market, it's a dying breed. The American population now thinks of station wagons, and minivans, as passenger cars that hurt their own personal image of themselves. However, this is clearly a case of function over form - stations wagons were, and still are, some of the most versitile automobiles on the road.

As time rolled on by in the United States, more and more station wagons kicked the bucket. The demise of the American wagon started with the Chevrolet Cavalier wagon dying in the early 90s when it was redesigned. Then, Buick and Chevrolet killed the wagon versions of their popular Roadmaster and Caprice models a few years before the sedan versions were discontinued. Then, it looked like all hope for the wagon was lost when Saturn killed the L300 wagon in the mid 2000s.

Enter the Dodge Magnum. The Magnum was clearly the definition of an American station wagon: Good driving dynamics, muscled performance, seating for five and their stuff, and a liftgate. But, there was a problem. The Chrysler 300, from which the Magnum was based upon, has an extremely low roofline, and unfortunately, the roofline translated to the Magnum, which made it severely impractical. Chrysler LLC has already announced that there will be no more redesigned Magnum. With the only American wagon-type car on the road being Ford's Taurus X, something has to be done if GM wants to compete in this now near-empty segment.

The answer? The Saturn SCOPE. Based off of the platform that underpins the Saturn VISTA large sedan, the SCOPE is still a vehicle all in its own. The VISTA's styling direction is present on this large wagon, but that's where the similarities end. But, what makes this wagon unique?
  • A unique interior, geared toward utility while still delivering luxury
  • Raised ground clearance - now has the clearance of a crossover SUV
  • Seating for 5 to 7 - 6/7-passenger seating gains GM's "Smart-slide" seating system
  • And more.
The SCOPE is available in two trim lines: Natural and Luxury, both with available all-wheel drive. GM's direct-injection 3.6L V6 engine, tuned for fuel economy, is standard for all trims, pulling out 280 horsepower. Natural is available as a 5- or 7-seater, and the Luxury gains the option of being a 6-seater.

So, now, I present to you, the Saturn SCOPE.



Comments? :D
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,358 Posts
Re: All-new, Epsilon II-based Saturn SCOPE

I like it, the rear end looks really interesting and unusual, but in a good way
 

·
Super Moderator
Joined
·
21,022 Posts
Re: All-new, Epsilon II-based Saturn SCOPE

Interesting idea, and a nice continuation of the Vista you drew earlier. Might be a massive blind spot in that D-pillar though.
Other than that, it looks great. You never disappoint!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
201 Posts
Re: All-new, Epsilon II-based Saturn SCOPE

Yeah. Blind spot. Otherwise I'd like wagons like that.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,736 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Re: All-new, Epsilon II-based Saturn SCOPE

Ah, yes, the dreaded blind spot! To be honest, the original idea had the small C/D window from the VISTA translated onto this, but that would make a worse blind spot!

I'll experiment with windowlines to see what looks best, but if I can't find anything that works design-wise, I'll put two small circles on the pillar, entitle them "blind spot alert system" and call it a day. :D
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,736 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
Updated drawing - I revised the D-pillar. I honestly think it even looks better, myself. :cool:

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
201 Posts
So is an Impala and every Buick and older Chryslers...Every form doesn't have to have a function.
What?

What I meant was that it's on the Epsilon II platform, and the hood dimensions are kind of set. He could only lengthen the front overhang, and I think that'd just look goofy.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,736 Posts
Discussion Starter · #15 ·
I did design this vehicle to be FWD/AWD. To be honest, I looked to the Toyota Venza, Ford Taurus X, and (dare I say it) the Mercedes-Benz R-class for design inspiration.
 
1 - 15 of 15 Posts
Top