The Saab 9-7X is a Saab-branded mid-size SUV based on the GM GMT platform, which also includes the Chevrolet TrailBlazer (and for this the 9-7X has been given the nickname "Trollblazer", even if it is not built in Trollhättan, the traditional production town for Saabs), GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, and the Isuzu Ascender. It is built on the same USA production line in Moraine, Ohio, using most of the same parts as its sister vehicles.
The 9-7X went into production and was scheduled to go on sale in May 2005, but a computer invoicing glitch (unrelated to the vehicle) delayed United States sales until September. About 50 2005 model year vehicles were sold in Canada in July, however. These vehicles have the Displacement on Demand hardware, but it is not functional. This feature will be added for 2006.
The 9-7X is somewhat more differentiated from its siblings than the small 9-2X. The car features substantial chassis revisions, including a 1 in (25.4 mm) lower ride and revised bushings and dampers, to sharpen the handling. Inside, the design is inspired by the old 900 with Saab features like the console-mounted ignition switch and swing-out cupholders retained. The idiosyncratic "night panel" switch, which extinguishes all "unnecessary" dash lighting, is missing, however as well as the saab active head restraints.
The successful GMT360-based 9-7X is not expected to be updated after 2007. Originally, its place in the Saab lineup was to be taken by the Subaru B9 Tribeca-based Saab 9-6X, but since GM has sold off their Subaru stock, the project has been cancelled. Instead, the spot will be taken by the Theta-based 9-4X for 2008.
- For the 2008 model year, Saab has unveiled its highest-powered model yet; The Saab 9-7X Aero. The Aero variant features GM's LS2 6.0L V8 churning out 390 horsepower (295 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 395 lb.-ft. of torque (542 Nm) at 4,000 rpm, shaving 0-60mph times to less than six seconds.
All 9-7Xs feature all-wheel drive, leather seats, 18 in (45 cm) alloy wheels, and side-curtain airbags. Entertainment and convenience features include OnStar, XM Satellite Radio, a 6-CD Bose audio system, and either a moonroof or a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. For 2006, those two options can be combined. Like other Saab models, there are two named variants in 2005.:
- Linear or 4.2i - The base model features the 275 hp (205 kW) Atlas LL8 straight-6 engine with 12-spoke wheels and costs US$38,270. This engine is said to produce 290 hp (216 kW) for 2006.
- Arc or 5.3i - The top model uses the 300 hp (224 kW) Vortec LH6 V8 engine with six-spoke wheels and adds Xenon headlamps with high-pressure washers and adjustable pedals. The Arc costs US$40,270. The V8 will feature Displacement on Demand for 2006.
The Saab 9-7X (or Saab 97X) should not be confused with the Saab 97 (Saab Sonett II and III) produced from 1966 to 1974.
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- Saab USA press release
- Saab 9-7X Official Home Page
- Saab’s 390hp 9-7X Aero
- Trailblazer, Envoy, 9-7X Death Date Accelerated To December 23 2008