|7th April 2004, 23:40||#1|
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Saab is on a aggressive product developement programme and this new 9-7X suv is one of it's new products. Apparently for the first time Saab has come out with a SUV and I am mighty pleased with their effort! Watch out Ford, GM,. Honda, Toyota.
Following is the press release from Saab :
The new 9-7X will bring unique Saab characteristics to this growing segment, including: sophisticated exterior and interior styling, premium design features and quality, a chassis tuned to deliver sporty and fun-to-drive performance and the ignition cylinder in the center console behind the gear lever. It will appeal to customers looking for a driver&#8217;s vehicle with the versatility of a SUV.
The Saab 9-7X will be positioned in the $37,000 to $45,000 price bracket. Its high performance version incorporating a 5.3 liter V8 delivering an estimated 300 horsepower is destined to be an attractive offer among mid-luxury SUVs. Product content is characterized by comprehensive standard equipment like leather trimmed seats, 18 inch aluminum, alloy wheels, all-wheel-drive and a state-of-the-art sound system.
The Design: Saab refinement for the exterior and interior at first glance
&#8220;The exterior and interior design of the Saab 9-7X are in line with the vehicle&#8217;s dynamic road behavior and convey the sporty refinement of a Saab rather than the ruggedness of a traditional SUV,&#8221; comments Saab&#8217;s Executive Director of Design, Michael Mauer. &#8220;For example the interior features such Saab icons as the air vents with their distinctive sliding plate design, the famed cup holder like the Saab 9-5, and a center console ignition key.&#8221;