2007 Saab 97x | new car review

Posted on Aug 21, 2008 by

Introduced only late last year, the 9-7X is the Swedish car manufacturer’s first foray into the SUV category. It is a mid-size luxury SUV based on General Motors’ GMT platform, which also includes the Chevrolet Trailblazer and the GMC Envoy. It is built on the same USA production line in Moraine, Ohio, using most of the same parts as its sister vehicles.

The Saab 9-7X brings unique Saab characteristics to the SUV segment, including sophisticated styling inside and out, premium quality and design features and sporty and fun-to-drive performance. The exterior reflects Saab’s sporty and functional character with key features such as signature three-port grille, rear quarter windows that visually appear to wrap around the D-pillars and brand-distinctive wheels. The profile is clean and uninterrupted, without any big bumper offsets, body-side mouldings or protruding shapes and forms.

The Saab 9-7X also sports a cockpit-inspired interior that is highly refined and driver-oriented. The centre stack and controls are angled toward the driver. Like the exterior, it features Saab-traditional strong, brand-distinctive design elements and cues, including the unique sliding-plate air vents, the famed swing-out cup holder found in the Saab 9-5, and the trademark centre console ignition key. The idiosyncratic “night panel” switch, which extinguishes all “unnecessary” dash lighting, is missing, however as well as the Saab active head restraints.

 

 

The Saab 9-7X offers two engine choices, a 4.2-litre inline 6-cylinder producing 290 horsepower and 375 Nm of torque and a 5.3-litre V8 engine featuring Active Fuel Management technology, which delivers 302 horsepower and 447 Nm of torque. Both feature Electronic Stability Control (ESC) as standard. The two all-aluminium engines are mated with a standard electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission.

Body Type4X4 
Price (in AED)160,000-180,000
Engine (litre)4.25.3
Power (bhp)290302
Torque (Nm)375447
Transmission4A4A

Also look at: Nissan Pathfinder, GMC Acadia, Toyota Prado, Mercedes-Benz ML

 

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