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The availability of at least one off-road model in the inventory is considered to be a must for every car manufacturer. Saab has long been doing without any item and only in 2004 introduced a SUV, based on GMT360 platform. The 9-7X has immediately created a sensation thanks to its charismatic and distinct character. Wanna learn more about the release? Have a look at Saab 9-7X review to get an idea about the American-Swedish off-road daredevil.
Saab 9-7X is a 5-seater, 5-door SUV, featuring 193.2x75.4x68.5 inches dimensions, 113.0 inches wheelbase and 7.7 inches clearance. Hence, the chassis looks voluminous but with a smack of Swedish branding. The vehicle is differentiated by a sophisticated suspension with front double wishbone, rear multi-link and stabilizer bars.
All base versions come with 18-inch alloy wheels, rear lift-gate door & power glass sunroof. The car also boasts a roof rack, a rear defogger, variable wipers as well as an intermittent rear wiper. The hood is peculiar by narrow headlights and smooth lines.
Saab’s creation is able to offer a full range of facilities for the occupants. This is due to interior roominess that brings comfort to the limelight. Capacity of the trunk makes up 1161 liters; still, when rear backseats are folded in the ratio of 60/40, the boot volume might be enlarged to 2268 liters. Front & rear passengers have enough space for a pleasant ride: front head/leg/shoulder room – 40.2x41.4x58.5 inches, rear head/leg/shoulder room – 39.6x37.1x58.5 inches.
Inside, the cabin demonstrates GM’s signature with the addition of details inherent to proper Saab’s design. The saloon trim boasts the employment of wooden and leather materials. The central console houses a variety of controls (including climate control), while the ignition lock has been relocated to the central stand before the gearbox. The fascia is void of any queer indicators or buttons.
The steering wheel contains controls which allow managing audio system. Strange enough, but trip computer controls are located on the central console, not on the steering wheel. The infotainment system is represented by a mast antenna, a 6-speaker audio platform, a satellite radio as well as a set of volume controls.
The seats resemble home sofas, since they are void of side support. This might be regarded twofold: as an advantage and a disadvantage. Sofa-like comfort provides for the maximal convenience during long drives; nonetheless, on daily in-city trips with multiple maneuvers the occupants can feel out of place, continually grabbing the door handles at every turn.
Powertrain & Performance
The other point to highlight in Saab 9-7X review is powertrain variations. The model is a full-wheel off-road vehicle with a 4-speed automatic transmission. Yet, the customers are free to order the modification with only front- or rear-wheel drive.
As far as powertrain is concerned, the model has been equipped with several engines throughout the production years. In addition, the variation depends on the trim (Linear, Arc, Aero). The full list of available engines includes:
- a 4.2-liter 6-cylinder, rated at 290 horsepower;
- a 5.3-liter V8, rated at 302 horsepower;
- a 6.0-liter Aero, rated at 390 horsepower.
The vehicle is able to accelerate up to 60 mph for some 7.9 seconds. Average fuel consumption works out 15 mpg (in-city) and 19 mpg (highway).
Any 9-7X modification comes equipped with front and side airbags, side curtain bags, 4-wheel ABS, child seat anchors and door locks, stability control system headrests (front & rear), and engine immobilizer. This SUV is also rich in such facilities as seatbelt pretensioners, post-collision safety system, tire pressure monitoring, traction control, dusk-sensing headlights, remote anti-theft warning, and electronic brake-force distribution.
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