I’ve been writing the last few posts about the various troubles faced by Saab fitting in to the GM family of car companies.
One of the vehicles that GM are hoping will crack the all-important US market is the Saab 9-7x. In essence, it’s a rebadged Chevy Trailblazer. Word has it that Saab USA will also release a smaller SUV in 2006 based on another Subaru platform, the B9 Tribeca.
The big unit will be moved along by a 5.3 litre V8, giving out 300hp and 330lb-ft of torque. It’s AWD (duh), has 18 inch alloys and ABS.
Autoblog reviewed the model at the Detroit Motor Show and received some comments indicating some interest amongst the punters. There’s no plans to release this model here. It’s for the North American markets only, so I guess this is all froth and bubble as far as we’re concerned.
The car certainly looks chunky from the outside and keeps the nose in theme with the rest of Saab’s lineup. Under the hood it’s all Chevy by the sounds of things, however the interior (click to enlarge) does manage to use Saab switching and retains the themes currently seen in the 9-3 and 9-5.
Here’s hoping it excites the appropriate people in the US markets and chalks up some good sales figures. With pricing under US$40,000 and servicing plans on offer, Saab are offering plenty of incentives.