First 9-7x review

Courtesy of The Detroit News, this is the first ‘review’ I’ve seen of the 9-7x. It ain’t a full blown road test, so don’t get too excited, but like all other reports based on actually seeing/driving the vehicle, it’s a positive reception. I’m just please to finally see a non-GM-publicity-photo of the car on the road.

The key snippets – improved interior design cues and an exterior remake that works quite well. Oh, and there’s this:

Most importantly, Saab engineers went to work on stiffening up the flabby underpinnings of the GMT360. The results, to judge by a test drive along the banks of the Saint Lawrence River are quite remarkable.

Go check it out.

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UPDATE:

Here’s another, from The Car Connection. They’re less complimentary than above citing it as too much of a sell-out to be a Saab.

If nothing else, the 9-7X is the best-equipped of GM’s mid-size utes. The 9-7X comes with stability control, leather seats, curtain airbags, a 275-watt Bose sound system with XM and a six-CD changer, and a choice of a power moonroof or a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.

But the 9-7X really needs to be more than just another GM ute. In fact, it needs to be something wholly closer to the Subaru Tribeca that, in fact, is supposed to spawn a 9-6X version for Saab in about a year. This is a step off the authenticity trail, not a step forward.

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  1. Looks good so far! I hate to say “Keep up the good work, GM!” because there is still much room for improvement, so instead I’ll go with “Don’t give up now, GM!”

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