I’ve been advised of some pricing information for the 2008 Saab 9-7x. For anyone considering picking up what will likely be the final version of the SUV, here’s what you’re up for from an MSRP point of view (in other words, this information is reasonably redundant as incentives will no doubt hang around on this model).
The MSRP of the 2008 9-7x has been trimmed slightly from the 2007 model. You’ll pay $39,190 for the 6 cylinder model and $41,290 for the V8. These represent reductions of $745 and $645 respectively.
There’s no mention of the Altitude edition in 2008 (a $2,300 extra in 2007) but with a supposed limited edition of 500 units it seems like it failed to gain altitude anyway. You can still price it on the Saab USA website, which would indicate to me that the 500 units haven’t sold out yet.
You can, however, pick up some bright polished alloy wheels (possibly the ones that came with the Altitude package) as a $1,200 option.
Other packages and options from 2007 remain at the same prices:
Prestige Pack – $800
Rear Seat DVD – $1,300
Navigation – $2,145
Saab will be happy to sell as many of the 9-7x as it can as it makes bucketloads of margin on them. I’d suggest dealers, however, will be hankering for the release of the 9-4x.
The 9-7x was Saab’s second-best seller in the US almost since it’s initial release and up until last month, when it was overtaken by the Saab 9-5. As I’ve stated here many times before, I’m a fan of the job they did on the 9-7x and the role it’s played in the Saab lineup. I’ve never heard a complaint from anyone that actually owns one or has driven one. But I think it’s time is running out.
Sales would indicate that in this time of car-based SUVs – crossover vehicle – the 9-7x has found most of the market that it’s going to find. Here’s the chart:
These are sales figures for the last 18 months and as you can see, with the exception of last December it’s been tough going since the end of the last US summer. Numbers in 2007 have been consistently under 2008 for most of this year.
The market is changing. Fortunately for Saab, the 9-4x is coming soon and the 9-7x can be consigned to retirement having played it’s role very well.