The Saab 9-7X is a midsized luxury SUV that was built using the GMT360 platform. This platform included vehicles such as the Buick Rainier, GMC Envoy, the Chevy Trailblazer, the Isuzu Ascender, and the Oldsmobile Bravada.
The 9-7X was the first Saab that was built in the United States. It was assembled at the Moraine, Ohio plant that also manufactured many of the other GMT SUVs. The 9-7X came after the Oldsmobile Bravada and became the flagship SUV for GM. It also had the highest price tag and was the most expensive Saab that was ever produced. The shell of the body was the same as the Bravada, but the exterior offered a different front fascia, hood, head lights, roof rack, tail lights, bumper, tires and rear wiper.
It was the last of GM360s SUVs and was one of the first Saabs to offer all- wheel drive as standard. The platform including the Saab 9-7X was not to be continued beyond the model year 2009.
The 9-7X was developed in North America for the North American market, but it was sold in several other markets as well including Chile, Bulgaria, Greece, Estonia, Italy, Hungary, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, Latvia, Qatar, Oman, Syria, United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia.
Most Recent Model
The most recent Saab 9-7X was manufactured between the years 2005 through 2009. Originally it came in just one trim level, but the following years saw each of the engines that were available come with their own trim levels, the Linear and the Arc. These models were then renamed to reflect their engine displacement a 4.2i and a 5.3i. In the year 2008 there was a higher performance model named the Aero released.
When it comes to engines, the lineup for the 9.7X was made of pure Detroit Iron. The 4.2i had a 4.2 liter 6 engine that offered 290 horsepower and in 2005 it went up to 275 horsepower. The 5.3i offered a 300 horsepower V8 engine that had a lot more torque. The Aero was equipped with a 6.9 liter V8 engine that offered 390 horsepower. There was only one transmission available for the Saab 9-7X, which was a 4 speed automatic. It came equipped with traction control, all-wheel drive, and limited slip differential as standard. After the year 2006 stability control was standard as well.
Even with the different trim levels, each of the vehicles came with several standard features including side curtain airbags, heated seats in front, leather upholstery, satellite radio, 6 CD player, Bose stereo system, and automatic climate control.
There were many positive aspects about the Saab 9-7X. The vehicle offered a smooth drive combined with steering that was well weighted. In particular, the Aero model had a high level of performance. One of the biggest criticisms of the vehicle was the transmission, which was a 4 speed automatic. This transmission simply could not offer the smoothness or efficiency that the 5 speed or 6 speed transmissions that were available in other standard SUVs could provide.
Overall, the Saab 9-7X was similar to a truck that was taken over to Sweden to get a bit of character. In spite of the best efforts that were made by Saab to alter both the interior and the exterior of the vehicle as well as tuning the suspension, the fact that the 9-7X got its heritage from Ohio could never actually be hidden. When it comes to the choices available for luxury SUVs, the 9-7X is simply middle of the range. Most consumers would likely be happier if they chose a different model such as the Mercedes M-class or the Acura MDX.