The Saab 9-3X is a crossover version of the Saab 9-3 entry-level luxury cars manufactured by the Sweden-based automaker. The 9-3 series began in 1998 as an improved version of the Saab 900. The company claimed that over 1000 changes were made in the car, and it was available as both a three-door coupe and five-door hatchback. A new version of the B204 engine with 154 hp of power was fixed as standard in the first generation Saab 9-3.
The Saab 9-3X made its appearance in the Geneva Auto Show as part of the second-generation 9-3. The model just received a facelift in 2008, which included a new frontal design based on the Saab Aero X concept car.
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About the Saab 9-3X
The Saab 9-3X is known for being a stylish, but late entry to the 9-3 series. It uses elements that would have suited it 10 years ago, but seem outdated now. It was designed to offer the customers the capabilities of an occasional off-roader without showing off the aggressiveness and muscle that is typical of a sport utility vehicle (SUV). The car, like its competitors, is technically a station wagon, and it is a practical car that can be driven around town. It is especially good for long journeys thanks to comfortable seats and a soft suspension. Saab 9-3X Features
The 2012 Saab 9-3X remains more or less unchanged from its debut in 2009. The car is based on the standard 9-3 station wagon version, with the only significant difference being additional ground clearance and a raised suspension for handling rough roads and all-wheel drive. The raised suspension allows the car to tackle bumps easily and makes it ideal for long-distance rides.
The Saab 9-3X is only available as a all-wheel drive powered by a 2.0-liter gasoline engine. While the engine is quiet, fuel consumption is a problem.
The Saab 9-3X has an impressive, albeit outdated interior. The space up front is especially good, and the engine noise is muffled well enough to make the ride quiet and comfortable. The Saab 9-3X offers 25.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which is slightly less than its competitors. However, the shape is wide and square, which allows optimum usage of the existing storage space. The rear seat is foldable 60/40, which increases the storage space to 59.5 cubic feet. The interiors include standard features like MP3 compatible stereo system, leather seats, and climate control.
Saab 9-3X Evolution
There are no past versions of the Saab 9-3X, although the 9-3 model went through two generations of production and several facelifts, upgrades and trim level expansions. Saab folded up its operations in bankruptcy in 2012, and the brand's activity in the marketplace is likely done for good.
The Saab 9-3X is part of the second generation Saab 9-3 that was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in 2002. The car was available from its 2003 model year. Unlike the previous generation, the new 9-3 was a front-wheel-drive car. The hatchback version from the last generation was dropped for the new generation. A new inline-4 Ecotec engine was introduced to the powertrain, along with its three different versions.
The Saab 9-3 Vector model was replaced with the Aero model in the United States in 2004. Moreover, the Saab 9-3 Arc had a five-speed manual transmission gearbox in place of the six-speed manual. The next model year 9-3 received 16-inch wheels as a standard with the Aero model receiving 17-inch wheels as standard. The Linear model still retained the 15-inch wheels. The year 2005 also marked the last year for the Linear and Arc versions.
A limited edition version of the 9-3 Aero convertible was launched to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the Saab 900 convertible in 2006. Two new engine options were also introduced in 2006. The interior of the car was revamped in 2007, and the most significant change being a Saab Information Display system shifted to the main instrument panel to bring back the classic look of the Saab 900. A new Saab 9-5 climate control system replaced the old climate control with its several confusion buttons.
The Saab 9-3 lineup received a complete facelift in 2008. The cars of this model year were introduced at the Saab Festival held in Trollhättan, Sweden. It included a new look at the front based on the Aero X concept car with frosted rear lamps, new clamshell hood and new door panels. The year 2008 also saw the introduction of a limited edition Turbo X model. This model was only offered for the 2008 model year.
The 9-3 series expanded its trim level offerings in 2009. Apart from the Saab 9-3X, a 2.0T, Aero sedan and wagon models were also available. The sedan and wagon models were fitted with an all-wheel drive. Most of the other features in the Saab 9-3 continued for the 2009 model year as well. The convertible range continued to be offered in all-wheel drive. They were discontinued in the midst of Saab's 2011 financial struggles and 2012 bankruptcy.