Saab 9-7X

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Saab 9-7X
Saab 9-7X -- 03-19-2012.JPG
Manufacturer General Motors
Production 2004-2008
Model years 2005-2009
Assembly Moraine, Ohio, United States
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size luxury SUV
Body style 4-door SUV
Layout Front engine, all-wheel drive
Platform GMT360
Related Buick Rainier
Chevrolet TrailBlazer
GMC Envoy
Oldsmobile Bravada
Isuzu Ascender
Chevrolet SSR
Engine 4.2 L Vortec I6
5.3 L Vortec V8
6.0 L LS2 V8
Transmission 4-speed automatic 4L60-E (4.2L Linear, 5.3L Arc) and 4L70-E (Aero only, 6.0L)
Wheelbase 113.0 in (2,870 mm)
Length 193.2 in (4,907 mm)
Width 75.5 in (1,918 mm)
Height 68.5 in (1,740 mm)
Predecessor Oldsmobile Bravada
Successor Saab 9-4X
Buick Enclave
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. 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 as standard equipment. The Saab 9-7X also comes with standard 18-inch sport wheels with 18-inch tires as well. The Saab 9-7X also comes with 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 built-in CD player with Bose speakers and a 6-disc CD changer, XM Satellite Radio, and OnStar. The HomeLink system with the garage door opener was standard on the Saab 9-7X as well. All Saab 9-7X vehicles came standard with all-wheel drive as standard equipment. A touchscreen navigation system was available.

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 4.2L inline-6 engine and was rated at 275 hp and 275 Ib-ft. of torque. The 5.3i trim level came with the 5.3L V8 engine, and the 5.3L V8 engine is actually quite more powerful and has more torque than the 4.2L inline-6 engine. The 5.3L V8 engine was rated at an estimated 300 hp and 330 Ib-ft. of torque.

The Saab 9-7X equipped with the V8 engine has the capability to tow up to 6,500 pounds.

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 and the Chevrolet Trailblazer SS came with the 6.0L 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 5.3L V8 engine is now made available with Displacement on Demand technology to reduce fuel consumption and make the vehicle have better fuel economy. Saab had made enhancements to 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 is 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 during 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, and also as 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


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


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, where salt and other chemicals are used to clear roads in the winter.

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.


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