SAAB 9-7X (2005–)

Model History

North American market only GM SAAB SUV launched at April 2004 New York show, based on an existing GM SUV.

Two engine options – a 5.3-litre GM V8 (c. 300 bhp) and 4.2-litre in-line 6, with 275 bhp.

Standard equipment includes leather seats, 18" alloy wheels and all-wheel-drive. Developed from GM’s "GMT360 architecture".

Production scheduled to begin in January 2005, at GM’s Moraine, Ohio, plant. Positioned in the $37,000 to $45,000 (£23,200-£28,200) price bracket.

Uniquely-tuned double A-arm front suspension with front coil springs and five-link, electronically controlled rear air suspension. Low ride height with firm front and rear suspensions, a thick-gauge front stabiliser bar, and stiff upper control arm bushings at the rear. All shock absorbers are valved to help provide firm body control for confident handling.

P255/55R18 high performance all-season tyres specially developed by Dunlop for their road-gripping capability. Quick 18.5:1 steering gear ratio with stiff mounts designed to assist steering responsiveness and precision. The steering itself is tuned for on-centre feel and smooth operation. The front part of the frame is stiffened with braces to help make the steering more responsive and precise. Standard, on-demand, all-wheel-drive. Traction and handling performance further enhanced by a standard preload-clutch limited-slip differential at the rear. Brakes are large, four-wheel vented discs, with front aluminium dual piston calipers and four-wheel ABS.

Choice of two all-aluminium engines, coupled to an electronically-controlled four-speed automatic transmission.

The 4.2-litre in-line 6 delivers 275 bhp (205 kW) and 275 lb.ft. (372 Nm) of torque.

The 5.3-litre V8 is rated at an estimated 300 bhp (224 kW) and 330 lb.ft. (447 Nm) of torque. This V8 is derived from GM’s new Gen IV Vortec engine, but is distinguished from other Vortec units by its cast-aluminium engine block. It has pressed-in iron cylinder liners, similar to the LS6 alloy Corvette V8 unit, and fully dressed, weights 100 pounds less than a comparable iron-block V8.

The 9-7X V8 is also equipped with high-flow, cast alloy cylinder heads common with the famous LS6 Corvette engine.

Comprehensive standard safety package included:-

Dual-stage frontal airbags
Passenger sensing system
Rollover sensing system
Head curtain side airbags
Front seatbelt pre-tensioners with load limiters
Front seat belt reminder
Versatility: Plenty of room for people and their luggage

Wheelbase of 113 inches (2,870 mm) and an overall length of 193.4 inches (4,912 mm), the 9-7X holds up to 41.0 cubic feet (1,161 litres) of cargo room with the rear seatback up, and 80.1 cubic feet (2,268 litres) with the seat folded. A 60/40 split rear seat is standard, as is a towbar receiver and cover. Maximum towing capacity is an estimated 6,500 lb (2,948 kg).