2009 Saab 97X | new car review
First introduced to the
Middle East in 2006, the Saab 9-7X is the Swedish car manufacturer’s
first foray into the SUV category. A mid-size luxury SUV based on
General Motors’ GMT platform and structurally related to the
Chevrolet TrailBlazer and GMC Envoy, the 9-7X is also the very first
Saab ever not to feature unibody construction, instead relying on the
proven road- and trail-worthy body-on-frame technology.
The 9-7X brings Saab
characteristics to the SUV segment, with urbane styling inside and
out that reeks of premium quality. The exterior reflects Saab’s
traditional 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.
It also sports a
cockpit-inspired interior that is driver-oriented with the centre
stack and controls angled toward the driver. The interior features
Saab’s unique sliding-plate air vents, the famed swing-out cup
holder and the trademark centre console ignition key.
The Saab 9-7X offers two
engine choices, a 4.2-litre inline 6-cylinder producing 290
horsepower and 375Nm of torque and a 5.3-litre V8 engine featuring
Active Fuel Management technology, which delivers 300 horsepower and
447Nm 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.
Safety wise, the 9-7X
features side curtain airbags, four-wheel-disc antilock brakes,
traction control and an electronic stability system as standard
fitments. Inside, all outboard seats have head restraints.
The 9-7X was primarily
built to extend the Saab range in America where there is a dedicated
Saab following. Does the 9-7X fit well in the Saab range here in the
Middle East? That’s a big question mark, as it is but a Trailblazer
by another name and at a considerable higher cost.
|Engine||4.2-litre 6-Cyl||5.3-litre V8|
|Power||290 Bhp||300 Bhp|
|Torque||375 Nm||447 Nm|
Starts from UAE Dirhams 179,000 – upto 194,000*
* Prices are indicative and may vary at
the time of purchase. All prices are ex-Dubai showrooms. Please check
with your local dealer for current prices and offers.