Saab 9-7X: Versatility and functionality

Posted on 19. Apr, 2004 by in 2000-2009, 9-7x

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2004-04-19

Saab 9-7X: Versatility and functionality

First SUV Expands Saab Portfolio To Four Product Lines

* A comprehensively equipped SUV suiting active lifestyles
* Driver Information Center, including personalization program
* High degree of infotainment

The new Saab 9-7X offers the basic requisite for the versatility sought by SUV buyers: ample room for passengers and their belongings. With a wheelbase of 113 inches (2,870 mm) and an overall length of 193.4 inches (4,912 mm), the Saab 9-7X comfortably seats five adults. It holds up to 41.0 cubic feet (1,161 liter update) of cargo space with the rear seatback up and 80.1 cubic feet (2,268 liter) with the seatback folded down. A 60/40 split rear bench seat is standard in all 9-7X models as is a trailer hitch receiver and hitch receiver cover. Maximum towing capacity equipped with the V8 engine is an estimated 6,500 lb (2,948 kg).

All seats are trimmed with high quality leather. The folding self-storing second-row seat assembly not only extends the rear cargo area, it provides convenient storage for both tire jack and tools in the same compartment. The tools and jack are stowed side-by-side underneath the seat and can be accessed easily from the rear side door, without the need to remove cargo in the rear compartment. The rear seats are split 60/40 and fold forward to become part of the cargo compartment floor when more space is desired. They feature articulating head rests, which flip backward out of the way when the seat is lowered, eliminating the need to remove and re-stow them. When the seat is raised, the customer simply flips the headrest back into place.

The front row seats feature standard power 6-way adjustment, and independently heated seat cushion and back with three temperature levels. A four-way power lumbar control system and power recline adjustment also is standard, as well as a driver’s seat memory package for both seat and mirrors.

The rear cargo compartment includes the following features: a scroll-type stowage shade for privacy and added security, a convenience net, an air compressor hose, auxiliary power outlet, sidewall storage compartments and a hidden stowage well under the rear floor for storing valuables. Storage facilities also include a compartment in the center console and a lockable glove box.

Another striking example of the versatility of the new Saab 9-7X is the standard air suspen-sion at the rear. Because of this, the vehicle is designed to be self-leveling, regardless of the load in the cargo area. This also applies to a trailer hitched onto the 9-7X. In line with the active lifestyles of Saab 9-7X customers, who enjoy outdoor leisure pursuits such as boating, hiking, mountain biking, camping and winter sports, the trailer hitch receiver is standard on all models.

Furthermore, an external air hose coupling located in the right rear quarter panel for the compressor holding up the air pressure in the rear springs is provided. The 22-foot air hose is long enough to reach all four tires for inflation – and a number of fittings enable inflation of sports accessories like a rubber dinghy, balls, or bicycle tires.

Driver Information Center: Personalize your Saab
A multi-language 22-character information center acts as an interface to the driver for not only systems information, but for personalization and memory programming as well. It is positioned directly under the speedometer on the instrument cluster. Buttons to control the Driver Information Center are located in the instrument panel center stack. Features include the following:
* Low-level notification and/or status is provided for, oil life (based on engine speed, heat and distance traveled), washer fluid, door ajar, and liftgate ajar;
* Other messages include “key FOB battery is low”, “ice possible” or “tighten fuel cap”;
* Computer calculations are available for fuel data, estimated range, average fuel economy, instantaneous fuel economy, dual trip odometers and elapsed time;
* Memory settings can be created for seat position, mirror position, radio station selection, radio presets, climate control and personalization.

Personalization features set through the driver information center include the following:
* Configurable to perform in English, Spanish or French;
* Automatic door locks can be set to lock when the vehicle speed exceeds 8 mph for 3 seconds. (Feature can be disabled if not desired);
* Automatic door unlock can be configured for all doors when the key is withdrawn from the ignition; all doors when the vehicle is shifted into “park”; driver door only when the vehicle is shifted into “park”; or turned off completely;
* Key remote feedback can be customized for the horn shortly sounding, the lights flashing, both, or turned off completely;
* Headlamp delay at exit can be customized for times up to 220 seconds;
* Perimeter lighting can be programmed on or off;
* Automatic mirror curb view when the vehicle is shifted into reverse can be set on or off.

The advanced electronics of the Saab 9-7X also include battery run-down protection. If the interior lights, headlamps and park lamps, or both are inadvertently left on, the central electronic controller unit will automatically turn them off after 20 minutes, eliminating battery drain in the process.

The advanced “Pass III” key features an electronic chip that communicates directly with the engine management system. If an incorrect key or foreign object is inserted in the ignition, it will not be recognized and fuel will be prevented from flowing to the engine.

Entertainment: Much is standard, even more is available
Radios, all with Radio Data System (RDS), were not only selected for their high-quality performance, but special attention was paid to contours that permit flush-mounting, between the radio face, and the dark wood effect trim surrounding it. The standard AM/FM stereo with single-play MP3 CD as well as the optional AM/FM stereo with integral six-disc CD changer are aesthetically designed and ergonomically easy to operate. Standard equipment for all Saab 9-7X models includes “radio controls” for rear seat occupants and earphone jacks. In addition, the 9-7X provides OnStar, with 12 months of Safe & Sound protection featuring, automatic notification to the OnStar Center when airbags are deployed and optional hands-free calling and information services.

Optional equipment includes a rear DVD player with flip-down screen for second-seat passenger viewing, a navigational system and XM Satellite radio. The optional Premium Audio Package includes Bose uplevel audio and a 6-disc CD changer.

The standard equipment level of the Saab 9-7X leaves little to be desired. Beyond the standard items mentioned above, standard equipment in all Saab 9-7X models includes:
* 18 inch Aluminum-alloy Wheels with Dunlop all seasons tires P255/55R18
* All-wheel-drive
* Anti-theft system with remote
* Automatic Climate Control
* Automatic Transmission
* Cruise control
* Daytime Running Lights
* Floor mats
* Front Fog Lights
* Full size spare
* Homelink
* No Charge Scheduled Maintenance for 3 years or 36,000 miles
* Power door locks with remote keyless entry
* Rear Limited slip differential
* Head curtain side airbags
* Tilt-adjustable steering column

On top of that, the Saab 9-7X V8 distinguishes itself with
* Different 18 inch wheel design
* Integrated Roof Rails
* Dual Exhaust Pipe Tips

Available optional packages include a Convenience Package with adjustable pedals and headlamp washers as well as a Protection Package with body side molding and front skid plates. High intensity discharge (HID) lights, metallic paint and sunroof are available as freestanding options.

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