Thanks cj for dropping this one in comments.
There are, of course, various schools of thought on the 9-7x. Purists don’t love it. Owners do. I thnk it’s filled the spot it was intended to admirably and the fact that it’s been the second best seller for Saab in the US since its release would seem to back that up.
David E Davis at Winding Road is a purist, though:
What we have here is the Chevrolet Trailblazer SS wearing Saab nomenclature. What we don’t have here is a Saab.
That’s the first sentence of the review and it pretty much sums things up completely from Davis’ point of view. Despite how good the vehicle is, and he does rate it as a very good vehicle, this is a vehicle that should have a GMC badge on it, according to Davis.
Some will agree, some won’t. But the one thing that isn’t in dispute is the quality of the vehicle, and 9-7x owners themselves will attest to that, too.
It’s a quick one-page read, worthy of a few minutes of your time.
And while we’re here….
I’m not sure this is worth a post on it’s own, but here’s a quick 90-second review of the 2008 Saab 9-3 from some morning news show in the US. Nothing unknown here, but nice to see it’s got coverage.
And that’s a twin-scrolling turbo there, bud, not “two turbos”……. 8)