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Saab 9-7x Offers a Low-Maintenance Relationship With Personal, Functional Features

Posted on 21. Jun, 2005 by .

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2005-06-21

Saab 9-7x Offers a Low-Maintenance Relationship With Personal, Functional Features

* Ample room for five people and 40 cubic feet of their “stuff”
* Driver Information Center personalizes the 9-7X
* Front- and rear-seat “infotainment”
* Standard XM Satellite Radio and OnStar safety and security system

The new Saab 9-7X offers the basic requirement for what SUV buyers seek: ample room for passengers and their belongings. With a wheelbase of 113 inches (2,870 mm) and an overall length of 193.2 inches (4,808 mm), the Saab 9-7X comfortably seats five adults. It holds up to 39.8 cubic feet (1,127 liters) of cargo space with the rear seatback up and 80.1 cubic feet (2,268 liters) with the seatback folded down. A 65/35-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 V-8 engine is an estimated 6,500 pounds (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 passenger side door, without the need to remove cargo in the rear compartment. The rear seats are split 65/35 and fold forward to become part of the cargo compartment floor when more space is desired. They feature articulating headrests that 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 eight-way adjustment, as well as an independently heated seat cushion and back with three temperature levels. A power lumbar control system and power recline adjustment also are standard, along with 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, 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 rear air suspension. 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 keeping 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 personalizes your Saab

A multi-language, 22-character information center acts as an interface to the driver for both systems information and for personalization and memory programming. 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 and fuel level
* Other messages include “key fob battery is low,” “ice possible,” “tighten fuel cap,” “door ajar” and “liftgate ajar”
* 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 and adjustable pedals, if equipped

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 rundown protection. If the interior lights, headlamps and park lamps are inadvertently left on, the central electronic controller unit will automatically turn them off after 20 minutes, eliminating battery drain.

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 selected for their high-quality performance, with special attention 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 integral six-disc CD changer is aesthetically designed and ergonomically easy to operate. Standard equipment on 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 Call Center when air bags are deployed and optional hands-free calling and information services.

XM Satellite Radio provides more than 120 coast-to-coast, digital-quality channels of original commercial-free music and premier news, sports and talk as well as advanced traffic and weather information for select major metropolitan areas nationwide. Consumers can subscribe to the basic service for $12.99 a month. In addition, customers with GMAC financing can choose to include the XM subscription in their car payments.

Optional equipment includes a rear DVD player with flip-down screen for second-seat passenger viewing or a power moonroof offered at no additional charge.

Standard equipment abounds

The standard equipment level of the Saab 9-7X leaves little to be desired. Beyond the amenities mentioned above, standard equipment in the 9-7X model includes:

* 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with Dunlop all-season P255/55R18 tires
* 4.2L inline six-cylinder engine delivering 290 horsepower (217 kw) and 277 lb.-ft. (375 Nm) of torque*
* Automatic all-wheel drive
* XM Satellite Radio
* OnStar
* Memory driver’s seat
* Bose premium audio
* Integrated roof rails
* Anti-theft system with remote
* Automatic climate control
* Automatic transmission
* Cruise control
* Daytime running lights
* Floor mats
* Front fog lamps
* Full-size spare
* Homelink universal home remote feature
* No-charge scheduled maintenance for three years or 36,000 miles
* Power door locks with remote keyless entry
* Rear limited-slip differential
* Head curtain side air bags
* Tilt-adjustable steering column
* Metallic paint

On top of that, the Saab 9-7X V-8 distinguishes itself with:

* 5.3L 300-hp V-8 engine with Displacement on Demand technology
* Saab-specific six-spoke 18-inch wheels
* Adjustable foot pedals
* Xenon headlamps
* Headlamp washers

* Horsepower and torque SAE Certified. A new voluntary power and torque certification procedure developed by the SAE Engine Test Code committee was approved March 31, 2005. This procedure (J2723) ensures fair, accurate ratings for horsepower and torque by allowing manufacturers to certify their engines through third-party witness testing. GM was the first manufacturer to begin using this procedure and expects to use it for all newly rated engines in the future.

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9-7X, Saab’s First SUV, Stars in

Posted on 21. Feb, 2005 by .

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2005-02-21

9-7X, Saab’s First SUV, Stars in

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – The all-new Saab 9-7X takes to the runway this week as part of the fourth annual “ten” fashion show. The 9-7X joins several other GM products at what has become a must-attend event for Hollywood’s entertainment industry luminaries.

The charity-driven event will showcase top celebrities wearing the latest fashions paired with stylish cars and trucks. The event will highlight current concept cars and production vehicles as they are revealed to an audience of Hollywood’s elite in a runway show on February 22 on the corner of Hollywood and Vine.

Oscar Nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno and Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee, Jamie Foxx, will model in the show. Combining fashion, automotive design, and top entertainment, the charity-driven event will also include celebrities, sports figures and rock stars including four-time NASCAR champion, Jeff Gordon, Red Hot Chili Pepper’s lead singer, Anthony Kiedis, Emmy nominee Amber Tamblyn, Hilary and Haylie Duff and a performance by Grammy winner Kanye West.

The 9-7X goes on sale in the United States this spring with very attractive pricing. Saab’s first-ever SUV will come in two models: the Linear, priced at $38,990.00 and the Arc, priced at $40,990.00. Both MSRP’s include a $720.00 destination charge.

The 9-7X SUV is just one part of the most aggressive product development offensive in Saab’s 57-year history. It joins the 9-3 Sport Sedan and Convertible, the 9-5 Sedan and SportWagon and the all-wheel drive 9-2X, as well as the upcoming all-new Saab 9-3 SportCombi and the 250-hp 2.8V6 Turbo, which will become available in all 9-3 Aero models later this year.

The 9-7X Linear features standard all-wheel drive, leather-appointed heated front seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, side-curtain airbags, integrated roof rails, OnStar, XM Satellite Radio, 6-CD Bose audio system and a choice between a moonroof or a rear-DVD entertainment system.

It is powered by an in-line 6-cylinder engine that makes 275 hp and 275 lb.-ft. of torque. The 9-7X Arc adds xenon headlamps, adjustable pedals, headlamp washers and a 300-hp/330 lb.-ft. V8.

The 9-7X continues Saab’s tradition of a cockpit-inspired instrument panel with its signature sliding-plate vents, in-dash cupholder and center console-mounted ignition. The Saab 9-7X can be ordered in Obsidian Black, Titanium Silver and Ocean Blue.

Saab is making the 9-7X SUV even more attractive with a limited special offer. By registering before March 31, 2005, customers who purchase or lease a 2005 9-7X will get three years of free OnStar “Safe & Sound” and XM Satellite Radio service, a $700.00 value. In addition, current Saab drivers whose leases expire in February, March or April will qualify for a lease extension of up to six months to enable them to take delivery of a new 2005 9-7X.

Saab will target potential customers with a direct mail campaign by the end of February 2005. This mailing will direct prospects to the Saab 9-7X website, www.saab97Xsuv.com. Once customers have registered at this website, they will automatically receive the additional free services once they take delivery of their 2005 9-7X. Interested customers can go directly to the website even if they did not receive the mailing from Saab.

“The 9-7X joins the Saab lineup at the right time because the demand for premium midsize SUV’s is strong,” said Debra Kelly-Ennis, President and COO of Saab USA. “About forty percent of current Saab owners already have an SUV of another make in their garage, while nearly 30 percent of Saab owners have left the brand for an SUV in the past. With the 9-7X, Saab will be able to take advantage of the continued growth in this segment.”

On top of that, the Saab 9-7X SUV represents outstanding value for money, especially when compared with the Volvo XC90. Not only has the 9-7X more headroom, legroom, towing capability and engine torque, it is also priced at over $8,000.00 less than a comparably equipped XC90 V8.

Saab Automobile AB and Saab Cars USA, Inc. are subsidiary companies of General Motors Corp. Saab Cars USA is the importer of Saab 9-2X, 9-3 and 9-5 automobiles for Saab Automobile AB, Sweden. For more information, please visit www.saabusa.com.

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Saab Announces 9-7X SUV Pricing

Posted on 11. Feb, 2005 by .

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2005-02-11

Saab Announces 9-7X SUV Pricing

DETROIT, Mich. — The all-new Saab 9-7X goes on sale in the United States this spring with very attractive pricing. Saab’s first-ever SUV will come in two models: the Linear, priced at $38,990.00 and the Arc, priced at $40,990.00. Both MSRP’s include a $720.00 destination charge.

The 9-7X SUV is just one part of the most aggressive product development offensive in Saab’s 57-year history. It joins the 9-3 Sport Sedan and Convertible, the 9-5 Sedan and SportWagon and the all-wheel drive 9-2X, as well as the upcoming all-new Saab 9-3 SportCombi and the 250-hp 2.8V6 Turbo, which will become available in all 9-3 Aero models later this year.

The 9-7X Linear features standard all-wheel drive, leather-appointed heated front seats, 18-inch alloy wheels, side-curtain airbags, integrated roof rails, OnStar, XM Satellite Radio, 6-CD Bose audio system and a choice between a moonroof or a rear-DVD entertainment system. It is powered by an in-line 6-cylinder engine that makes 275 hp and 275 lb.-ft. of torque. The 9-7X Arc adds xenon headlamps, adjustable pedals, headlamp washers and a 300-hp/330 lb.-ft. V8.

Saab owners will feel right at home in the 9-7X, which has the familiar cockpit-inspired instrument panel, signature sliding-plate vents, in-dash cupholder and center console-mounted ignition. The Saab 9-7X can be ordered in Obsidian Black, Titanium Silver and Ocean Blue.

Saab is making the 9-7X SUV even more attractive with a limited special offer. By registering before March 31, 2005, customers who purchase or lease a 2005 9-7X will get three years of free OnStar “Safe & Sound” and XM Satellite Radio service, a $700.00 value. In addition, current Saab drivers whose leases expire in February, March or April will qualify for a lease extension of up to six months to enable them to take delivery of a new 2005 9-7X.

Saab will target potential customers with a direct mail campaign by the end of February 2005. This mailing will direct prospects to the Saab 9-7X website, www.saab97Xsuv.com. Once customers have registered at this website, they will automatically receive the additional free services once they take delivery of their 2005 9-7X. Interested customers can go directly to the website even if they did not receive the mailing from Saab.

“The 9-7X joins the Saab lineup at the right time because the demand for premium midsize SUV’s is strong,” said Debra Kelly-Ennis, President and COO of Saab USA. “About forty percent of current Saab owners already have an SUV of another make in their garage, while nearly 30 percent of Saab owners have left the brand for an SUV in the past. With the 9-7X, Saab will be able to take advantage of the continued growth in this segment.”

On top of that, the Saab 9-7X SUV represents outstanding value for money, especially when compared with the Volvo XC90. Not only has the 9-7X more headroom, legroom, towing capability and engine torque, it is also priced at over $8,000.00 less than a comparably equipped XC90 V8.

Saab Automobile AB and Saab Cars USA, Inc. are subsidiary companies of General Motors Corp. Saab Cars USA is the importer of Saab 9-2X, 9-3 and 9-5 automobiles for Saab Automobile AB, Sweden. For more information,

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