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First look: 9-7X is Saab’s first SUV

Edgy: 9-7X is based on the mid-sized Chevrolet Trailblazer truck.

Saab reveals a sketch of its first ever SUV, the 2005 9-7X

27 Nov 2003

SAAB has released a sketch of its first ever SUV, dubbed 9-7X and due to make its world debut at the 2004 New York motor show in April.

Based on General Motors’ mid-sized Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV and due on sale in the US and Canada about 12 months later in 2005, 9-7X is not expected to be produced in right-hand drive and therefore won’t be sold Down Under.

The latest addition in what's described as the biggest product offensive in Saab history, 9-7X will hit the exploding medium off-roader segment with standard all-wheel drive and two engine choices.

"We are pleased to continue to expand our product line in the very important North American market," said Peter Augustsson, president and CEO of Saab Automobile AB.

"With the Saab 9-X and 9-3X concept vehicles, followed by the award-winning Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan and Convertible, the 9-3 Sport-Hatch concept and the dynamic new 9-2X, we are exceeding our commitment to introduce one new vehicle or concept each year for five years," he said.

"The Saab 9-7X is the perfect addition to our model mix," said Debra Kelly-Ennis, president and COO of Saab Cars USA.

"It allows us to join the growing mid-luxury SUV market, one of the fastest growing segments, with a dynamic, premium vehicle." The new 9-7X will be built at GM’s Moraine assembly plant in Ohio from the first quarter of 2005.

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