Saab 9-7x Origins
From 1966 to 1974, the company produced the Saab 97, a two-door roadster, which should not be confused with the Saab 9-7x. Only one generation of the midsize SUV was produced with slight modifications over each of the model years. When the Saab 9-7x was discontinued in 2009, it was replaced by the Saab 9-4x.
The platform used for the Saab 9-7x was the GMT360, which was the same platform used for the other midsize SUVs found in the GM lineup, including the Buick Rainier, Chevrolet TrailBlazer, and GMC Envoy. Although the body and platform were shared with the rest of the midsize SUVs found in the GM line, the design and style were traditional Saab. As well as being designed for the North American market, this was the first Saab to be built solely in the U.S., at the same factory as the rest of the GM midsize SUVs. When the Saab 9-7x was launched, it was the most expensive midsize SUV offered by GM and produced by Saab.Saab 9-7x Features
Unlike the other midsize SUVs offered by GM, the Saab 9-7x came equipped with all-wheel drive as standard instead of rear drive. Two trim levels were available with different engine options, a six-cylinder engine or a V-8, which made the Saab 9-7x the first Saab vehicle in production to be equipped with a V-8 engine. All models were equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission.
To differentiate between the Saab 9-7x and the rest of the GM midsize SUV line, significant style changes were made. Exterior modifications included a lower ride height when compared to the other midsize SUVs. Under the hood, the Saab 9-7x was fitted with steering, suspension, and brake systems that were specific to the Saab vehicle. Finally, the interior was laid out with a Saab-style dashboard and a center-console-mounted ignition switch.
For the 2009 model year, the Saab 9-7x was fitted with a wireless cell phone link. GM discontinued the Saab 9-7x after the 2009 model year.Saab 9-7x Evolution
The Saab 9-7x was launched for the end of the 2005 model year, and the two trim levels were the Linear and Arc, consistent with the trim lines of other Saab vehicles. The Linear trim level was the base level and was equipped with 290 horsepower six-cylinder engine and 12-spoke wheels. Upgrades for the Arc trim level included a 300-horsepower V-8 engine, six-spoke wheels, xenon headlights, and adjustable pedals. The Saab 9-7x came in one length only and provided seating for five.
Safety features included as standard in all trim levels of the Saab 9-7x were an anti-lock braking system, front-side curtain airbags, an anti-skid system, and a road-leveling suspension. The side curtain airbags were fitted with rollover deployment. Although all were fitted with an all-wheel drive system, it lacked low-range gearing. A navigation system was available as an option for all vehicles.
The 2005 model year was a short one for the Saab 9-7x, and very few changes were made for the launch of the 2006 model. One change of note is that the Arc trim level came equipped with an active fuel management system, which could deactivate four of the cylinders. This allowed the vehicle to use less gas while cruising, which lead to a significant improvement in fuel economy. Very little was changed from the 2006 model to the 2007 model of the Saab 9-7x.
When the 2008 model of the Saab 9-7x was introduced, an additional trim level was added to the lineup. The Saab 9-7x Aero was a high performance, sportier version of the Arc trim level of the Saab 9-7x. This variant was fitted with a 6.0-liter V-8 engine that produced 390 horsepower. The engine was already included in the Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS. In addition to the engine upgrade, improvements included a sportier suspension and 20-inch wheels. The Saab 9-7x Aero trim included all-leather seats and floormats embroidered with the Aero logo.