Saab 9-7X

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Saab 9-7X
Saab 9-7X -- 03-19-2012.JPG
Overview
ManufacturerGeneral Motors
Production2004-2008
Model years2005-2009
AssemblyMoraine, Ohio, United States
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size luxury SUV
Body style4-door SUV
LayoutFront engine, all-wheel drive
PlatformGMT360
RelatedBuick Rainier
Chevrolet TrailBlazer
GMC Envoy
Oldsmobile Bravada
Isuzu Ascender
Chevrolet SSR
Powertrain
Engine4.2 L Vortec I6
5.3 L Vortec V8
6.0 L LS2 V8
Transmission4-speed automatic 4L60-E (4.2L Linear, 5.3L Arc) and 4L70-E (Aero only, 6.0L)
Dimensions
Wheelbase113.0 in (2,870 mm)
Length193.2 in (4,907 mm)
Width75.5 in (1,918 mm)
Height68.5 in (1,740 mm)
Chronology
PredecessorOldsmobile Bravada
SuccessorSaab 9-4X
Interior of The 2007 Saab 9-7X showing the Saab-style dashboard, cup holder, and ignition key location, also with optional navigation system

The Saab 9-7X is a midsize luxury SUV that was built by General Motors for the American market and sold under the Saab marque. The 9-7X was first revealed at the 2004 New York International Auto Show and was available starting in the 2005 model year as a replacement for the Oldsmobile Bravada.

Information and vehicle details[edit]

The Saab 9-7X was introduced in 2004 for the 2005 model year and was made by General Motors, and the 9-7X was also built on the GMT360 platform, which is the same platform that the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Isuzu Ascender, Oldsmobile Bravada, and Buick Rainier were all built on. The 9-7X was Saab's first ever SUV. The Saab 9-7X was originally available in two trim levels for 2005: the Linear and the Arc. The Saab 9-7X was not available with a turbocharged engine, which was quite unusual for a Saab vehicle. All Saab 9-7X vehicles come with all-wheel drive, 18-inch sport wheels, and sport-tuned suspension as standard equipment. The 9-7X was built at GM's Moraine, Ohio assembly plant. The Saab 9-7X is classified as a midsize luxury SUV.

When the 2005 Saab 9-7X had been introduced, it had served as the replacement for the Oldsmobile Bravada (which was discontinued as a direct result of the Oldsmobile brand being discontinued in 2004), along with the Buick Rainier. Most of the exterior styling on the Saab 9-7X and on the Buick Rainier was a direct transfer from the discontinued Bravada, except for a front fascia designed to resemble other Saab vehicles.

From 2005 to 2009, the Saab 9-7X was the second most expensive luxury SUV made by General Motors, the most expensive being the Cadillac Escalade.

GM had marketed the Saab 9-7X as a direct competitor to more upmarket luxury SUVs, like the Volvo XC90 and the Volkswagen Touareg.

All Saab 9-7X models came standard with side curtain airbags, leather interior, heated front seats, automatic climate control, an AM/FM radio with a CD player and Bose speakers, as well as XM Satellite Radio, and OnStar. HomeLink was standard as well. All Saab 9-7X vehicles came with all-wheel drive as standard equipment. A touchscreen navigation system was available as an optional feature.

For the 2006 model year, the Linear trim level was renamed as the 4.2i, and the Arc trim level was renamed as the 5.3i. The 4.2i trim level comes with the 4.2 L inline-6 engine and was rated at 275 hp (205 kW) and 275 Ib-ft. of torque. The 5.3 L V8 engine was rated at an estimated 300 hp (224 kW) and 330 lb⋅ft (447 N⋅m) of torque.

The Saab 9-7X equipped with the V8 engine has the capability to tow up to 6,500 lb (2,948 kg).

For the 2008 model year, the new Aero trim level was added as a more luxurious version of the Chevrolet Trailblazer SS. Both the Saab 9-7X Aero and the Chevrolet Trailblazer SS came with the 6.0 L LS2 V8 engine, which is the same engine that was used in the 2005-2007 model Chevrolet Corvette. The Saab 9-7X had also came with a 4-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment.

Also for the 2008 model year, the Saab 9-7X with the 5.3 L V8 engine was available with Displacement on Demand technology to reduce fuel consumption. Saab had made enhancements to the vehicle's GM-made chassis. Saab had also added a lower ride height, firmer springs and shock absorbers, larger brakes with steel front calipers, a strengthened frame, steering revisions and a thicker front stabilizer bar. A self-leveling rear air suspension was also added.

The 9-7X, along with the other GM midsize SUVs built on GM's GMT360 platform were originally scheduled to be redesigned for the 2007 model year, but instead, GM had decided to continue the production the GMT360 SUVs and to only give them minor updates. Later in 2008 and also during 2009, the 9-7X as well as the other GMT360 midsize SUVs made by GM were not scheduled to be redesigned, updated, or to continue production after the 2009 model year, as well a result of GM closing their Moraine, Ohio assembly plant, which was where the GMT360 SUVs were built on December 23, 2008. As a result of this, the Saab 9-7X was discontinued after the 2009 model year.

Yearly production[edit]

Model year Number produced
2005 5,133
2006 29,528
2007 28,080
2008 22,044
2009 1,209


Rear view of 2005 Saab 9-7X "Arc" in "Ocean Blue" Metallic

Markets[edit]

Although the Saab 9-7X was developed for the North American market, the model was also sold in many other countries outside of North America: Chile, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Sweden and Syria.

Recall[edit]

In 2012, General Motors recalled more than 258,000 SUVs in the U.S. And Canada to fix short-circuits in power window and door lock switches that could cause fires. The recall covered Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, Isuzu Ascender and Saab 9-7X SUVs from the 2006 to the 2007 model years. The SUVs were sold or registered in 20 U.S. states, Washington D.C., and in Canada.

Recalls were made due to fire in vehicles. Moisture entered through the door and caused the issue. In 2008, the electrical system in the doors were covered in plastic to protect them.

References[edit]

  • Corbet, Brian (July 1, 2005). "Saab Gets Dirty With First SUV". Wards Auto World. Retrieved July 13, 2005.(subscription required)
  • Saab 9-7X will be distributed in Switzerland and Italy via importers, and will be sold through selected Saab dealers, The Auto Channel
  • "General Motors Presents More Than A Dozen Debuts at 8th Middle East International Motor Show" (Press release). GM Media Online GM Arabia. 11 December 2005.
  • GM to close Ohio SUV factory December 23, The Detroit News

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