I’m sure it’s not the only one, but it’s the first Saab 9-7x Aero being sold that I’ve heard about directly – and it now belongs to a regular visitor here, MitchbSC.
MitchbSC has very kindly emailed some thoughts – and most importantly – pictures on the new Saab in his driveway.
We’ve had it for 36 hours. It came fresh off the truck and was on the showroom floor for only 2 hours. We were the first to inform the dealership in Sept about the model. We beat Saab USA to letting them know (chalk one up for the internet!! – SW). One of the sales managers gave us a call Friday when it arrived. We had the lease signed that evening. Gotta love Red Tag incentives … plus lease pull-aheads, plus loyalty incentives.
… suspension tuning is outstanding. Holds curves like it’s on rails. Little body roll. It took curves on off-ramps very well. These were the same curves that I’ve practiced with a 2006 9-3 Aero Sport Sedan and my 2007 9-5 Aero Sedan. I’ve had GMC Jimmys and have driven rented Trailblazers before … it’s had to believe the 9-7x Aero is on the same platform. The engine is a monster and sounds wonderful. I wound it out getting on the highway last night … monster power once I got RPMs. Hit 80 MPH and didn’t know it. Engaging driving experience. Precise steering. Big Grin / Big Wow factor! Very much a Saab.
The 9-7x came loaded. Heck, there are no options other than Nav and rear DVD. We’ve got Nav and rear DVD. Rims look awesome at speed (I followed my wife home from the dealership). The vehicle has a “what is that” factor on the road. It looks vaguely GMC SUVish and needs a double-take to identify. Only downside so far … drumroll … those aren’t Saab seats.
It’s my wife’s car, BTW. She came out of our 2006 9-3 Aero. She volunteers for Girl Scouts*. She’s got meetings today for the big cookie sales the scouts do. I’d have to shoot photos around her stuff. It’s cloudy here is South Carolina too. I don’t have a real good place to get scenic P.O.O.-type photos.
* Oh yeah, due to the running around she does, the SportCombi’s were too small. She does outdoor events too. We needed some ground clearance.
It’s really good to have an owner’s opinion on this vehicle, even one as fresh as this. I hope we can get an update in a few months time after they’ve lived with the 9-7x. If you want more official background on the 9-7x Aero, then click here.
We got your 9-7x Aero pictures right here, baby.
Two more below, and there’s a whole bunch more after the jump.