More on GM's Big, New V8-Powered Crossovers

GM's plans for new V8-powered crossover SUVs based on its upcoming Lambda architecture are starting to materalize like fermentation sediment in a conjurer's highball glass. According to Edmunds Inside Line, sources at GM confirm the new family of vehicles will get both V6s and V8s and the company's six-speed autobox, with the first suspect — the Saturn Outlook to arrive in mid-2006 as a 2007 model.

The Outlook will likely get GM's 3.9-liter V6 (a larger version of the 3.5-liter V6) standard or 5.3-liter V8, both with GM's Displacement on Demand (DoD) cylinder-deactivation system. A gas-electric hybrid version is said to be in the works for 2009. The Outlook will be followed by the GMC Acadia in 2008 and a much needed successor to the currently odious Buick Rendezvous, which will probably look something like this, in 2009.

SOURCES: GM Narrowing Engine Choices for '07 Saturn Outlook [Edmunds]

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GM s Four-Year Plan: Big Bets on New Minivans; Spy Photos: New Saturn SUV; Saturn's New Outlook for 2007 [internal]