Saab 9-7X

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The Saab 9-7X is a Saab-branded mid-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) based on General Motors’ GMT360 platform, which also includes the current GMC Envoy and Chevrolet TrailBlazer (and for this the 9-7X has been given the nickname “Trollblazer”, although it is not assembled in Trollh√§ttan, Sweden, the traditional production site for Saabs). The 9-7X is GM’s highest priced mid-size SUV and the first American built Saab. It is assembled in the same United States Moraine, Ohio production plant as the other GMT360 SUVs and shares many components with its platform mates. The Saab 9-7X succeeds the Oldsmobile Bravada as GM’s flagship mid-size SUV, and is the most expensive Saab ever produced. Its body panels are shared with the discontinued Bravada, yet it is distinguished by its front fascia, headlamps, hood, roof rack, tail lamps, and rear bumper.

It is the only GMT360 SUV not available with rear-wheel drive and, along with the Saab 9-2X, one of the first Saabs to feature standard all-wheel drive. 9-7X is also the first production Saab with a V8 engine and features substantial chassis revisions, including a 1-inch (25 mm) lower ride height and revised bushings and dampers, standard rear air suspension, and quicker steering to sharpen the handling. The interior design is inspired by the Saab 9-5 with features like the console-mounted ignition switch and swing-out cupholder retained. Missing are the “night panel” switch that extinguishes all unnecessary dash lighting, as well as the Saab active head restraints.

The GMT360 platform and the 9-7X are not scheduled to be updated or continued after the 2009 model year. Its position in the Saab lineup was eventually to be occupied by the Subaru B9 Tribeca-based Saab 9-6X, however GM has divested its Subaru stock and 9-6X development has been cancelled. Instead, the position will be filled by the Theta-based 9-4X, a vehicle scheduled for production during the 2010 model year. According to earlier posts on the GM Fleet website, the 9-7X, along with its platform mates Chevrolet TrailBlazer and GMC Envoy were to remain in production for the entire 2009 model year. More recently as of October 2008, parent company GM has announded the Moraine plant will close on December 23, 2008. The decision to close came early in the 2009 model year as sales continued to decline throughout the North American SUV segment. Sales of the 9-7X declined 30 percent in the first nine months of 2008. Envoy and Trailblazer sales declined 44 percent and 37 percent respectively.

All 9-7Xs feature all-wheel drive, leather seats, 18-inch (460 mm) alloy wheels, and side-curtain airbags. Entertainment and convenience features include OnStar, XM Satellite Radio, a 6-CD Bose audio system, and either a sunroof or a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. (From 2006 on, those two options can be combined) Like other Saab models, there were two named variants in 2005:

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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