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2006 Saab 9-7X SUV - Overview

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$38,520 – $40,520 MSRP

$35,438 – $37,278 Invoice

15 / 20 MPG City/Hwy


2006 Saab 9-7X SUV

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What's New
Although Saab rolled out the 9-7X as recently as spring 2005, it enters the 2006 model year with several enhancements. The standard 4200 inline six-cylinder engine has 16 more horsepower than previously, while the 5300 V-8 now comes with GM's Active Fuel Management cylinder management technology for better fuel economy. Electronic Stability Control is now standard equipment and DVD-based navigation is available.

The 9-7X is Saab's first SUV. It was introduced after in-house research revealed that 39 percent of Saab owners also owned another brand's SUV, and that 30 percent of those who left the Saab family were lured away by SUV offerings elsewhere. So Saab launched the 9-7X to stem the exodus. Although Saab is now owned by GM, it was founded by 16 Swedish aircraft engineers seven decades ago. Aircraft-inspired design features like wrap-around windshields, cockpit-like interiors, and green-illuminated instrumentation naturally found their way into the automotive lineup. While today's 9-7X shares architecture found on other GM-inspired SUVs like the Buick Rainier, Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, and Isuzu Ascender, the Saab model retains distinctive elements of its Swedish heritage. Specifically, it proudly wears Saab's signature three-port grille, sports the brand's telltale rear quarter windows, and features refined suspension tuning characteristic of its European cars. The five-passenger 9-7X resembles a wagon-like crossover utility vehicle, but in reality is a truck-based SUV with body-on-frame construction.

The 2006 9-7X comes standard with automatic all-wheel drive and a choice of two all-aluminum engines. The 4.2L inline-six delivers 291 hp (up from 275 hp) and has a tow rating of 5,500 pounds. The larger 5.3L V-8 puts out 300 hp, can tow up to 6,500 pounds, and now offers Active Fuel Management, which automatically deactivates four cylinders to save fuel when permissible. Both engines come with an electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission. Electronic Stability Control, which is a new standard item this year, is a sophisticated system that automatically kicks in to help the driver maintain vehicle control in situations that could otherwise result in an accident. Four-wheel vented disc brakes with ABS are standard, as are dual-stage frontal air bags, side-impact air bags, a rollover-sensing system, and XM Satellite Radio.

The Competition
The three-member Midsize Premium Utility segment is one of the smallest in the U.S. light-vehicle market and is still in its infancy. These three models are smaller and more economic than their full-size brethren, but still coddle passengers with luxurious interiors and high-end features.

The Saab 9-7X was only on sale for a portion of 2005 and therefore saw a mere 2,272 sales, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report.SM The Land Rover LR3, also a relatively new model, sold 19,346 units, while the established Lexus GX 470 tallied 34,339 sales.

Available Trims for the 2006 Saab 9-7X SUV

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
4.2i 4 speed automatic $38,520 290-hp / 4.2L 6-cyl 15/21
5.3i 4 speed automatic $40,520 300-hp / 5.3L 8-cyl 15/20

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