Gotta credit Jalopnik for that headline. How I wish I’d thought if it.
Naturally there’s been some mixed reaction to the announcement of a 6-litre Saab, and I can fully understand why. It does seem to go against type a little, doesn’t it. But then again, the 9-7x always has. The whole idea of a Saab SUV was born out of necessity rather than a real desire for one in the brand portfolio, I’m sure.
Be that as it may, I’m pretty sure that this will find its market in the home of the SUV. I guess we’ll see in the 9-7x sales figures over the rest of the year and beyond. Perhaps it’ll turn out to be the touch of agro that Saab needs. The press release alone is getting pretty widespread coverage and aside from the initial questioning of the brand fit, it seems to be getting an OK reception.
Part of the reason for that is the LS2 engine, which is a pretty well respected donk. Having a Corvette heritage isn’t going to lose you too many fans over there.
Of course, there’s the issue of price. At $45K the 9-7x Aero is around $10K more than the Chevy Trailblazer SS, which uses the same engine. Commenters have already noted this and wondered why anyone would pay it.
That’s a question that’s a bit difficult for me to answer from here where we don’t have 9-7x’s or Trailblazers. The only 9-7x I’ve seen in person was in the rear carpark of the Saab Museum in Trollhattan. Perhaps someone who’s seen both together can comment as to the interior quality of the two vehicles.
In terms of ride, the 9-7x has, since it’s inception, been consistently described as the hands-down best of the platform siblings. For those of you who may be unfamiliar, this isn’t just a badge job and relocation of the key. Saab guys actually worked on tuning the ride of this vehicle and made some pretty extensive modifications. If you’re unfamiliar with the extent to which the basic platform was modified, I highly recommend that you check out this post and have a look.
I’m looking forward to reading the reviews of this one.