Like sports but hate sport utility vehicles? Then Saab has the perfect car for you: the 2010 9-3X.
Given the press release issued by GM this morning, the station wagon-ish 9-3X is targeted almost exclusively toward extreme sports types who want to hang ten, parasail, and swim with sharks before breakfast, but who also want a cushy ride to get them to the proverbial edge. As the release says, "Simply put, we are offering a trekking shoe that will do what’s required in more comfort and style than a heavier mountaineering boot." We're thinking of it as a leather-clad carabiner.
The 9-3X will feature a 210hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, plus all-wheel drive. Buyers can opt for the automatic transmission, but truly rugged types (and if you're buying the 9-3X, you're a rugged type, right?) will opt for the six-speed manual. No word on pricing yet.
The 2010 Saab 9-3X will debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show, and it'll filter into U.S. showrooms this fall--just in time to give the 9-3X's ski-hatch a test run. Unless you'd rather hot-tub at the chalet instead. (Go ahead. We won't tell.)