The SC2 is a vehicle that belongs to Saturn’s S-Series—the first ever series of cars created by the brand. Compared to other vehicles from General Motors, The S-Series family of compact cars all belongs to the Z-body platform, which was created in its entirety by Saturn. Similar to some Pontiac models, S-series cars featured a space frame design. This meant that the side panels of the cars did not bear any load and plastic pieces or polymers were used as a substitute to metal parts. The use of polymer meant one thing—the panels of the car were resistant to having dents. This feature became one of Saturn’s trademark selling points in their cars even until the brand folded in 2010. Here’s a brief look at Saturn’s first S-Series with a focus on the SC2 model.
1990: S-Series debut
In 1990, Saturn officially released its first S-series vehicle with the SL, which is short for “sedan level.” The following year, its two-door sports coupe called the SC also came out of the assembly line and its sedan wagon model designated as the SW was released finally in 1993. Aside from the U.S., this first generation of S-Series cars was also imported to Taiwan, Japan, and Canada.
1991-1996: First generation
SC cars were introduced to the market in 1991. This trim level was powered by a 1.9 L DOHC I4 LL0 engine, which could churn out up to 124 hp. Two years after its release in 1993, SC trim of the S-Series was renamed the SC2. This renaming was coupled by a release of the new SC1 trim level, which had a front fascia similar to the SL and SW trims. Two years after it was renamed, the first generation of the SC2 received a minor makeover—it was furnished with newly designed bumper, tail lights, and dashboard. Its safety features were also improved with the addition of new dual airbags.
1997-1999: Second generation
The second generation SC trims moved to a longer wheelbase similar to its SL and SW counterparts. This major changed caused the SC to become more curved, which changed its overall look. This also increased its cabin and doorway size, making the car more comfortable for passengers. In 1998 and 1999, buyers who wanted either a red or white SC2 model were given the option to buy the Black Top Coupe Package for an additional fee. This package will give the car black top roof panels, black exterior rearview mirrors, black emblems, and black accented teardrop wheels.
2000-2002: Third generation
Apart from some minor updates, the third and final generation of SC2s was more or less identical to the second generations of SC models. Production of cars under the S-Series stopped in 2002 and they were replaced by the Saturn Ion.