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Saab Goes Rugged With The 2010 9-3X

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2010 Saab 9-3X

2010 Saab 9-3X

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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.)

[source: GM]

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Comments (4)
  1. "Power not enough ?"

    Many people like to compare saab with german car but never mentioned about the huge $ different. People like to talk about 2.0 4 cyl turbo is not as good as V6 or V8, serious the 2.o turbo can speed up to 130+ mph, most of time we are lucky to hit 90 or 100 mph without the photo shot or police at behind. Just pure driving performance like dolphin not colorful crown fish.
     
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  2. "2.0 turbo"

    Yes but when we have to pay +$30K for a turbo that gets you 210 ponies and costs more than powerful and naturally-aspirated V6 and V8 engines then we say "screw it". Sell it to Tata GM - maybe they'll buy it. Need 4x4? Buy a reliable Subaru not this POS.
     
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  3. "Torque steer"

    I would never compare SAAB to German cars, one is well built, stylish and at the forefront of technology the other is handicaped by poor management, ancient technology and questionable quality. you guess which. I Don't mind a powerful 4 cylinder and we will have to get used to them in this fuel economy minded world, the problem is that doesn't matter whetehr 4,6 or 8, most front wheelers(which is most SAAB's) can't handle high power and torque. SAAB Vigen was aflicted by terrible torque steer.
    SAAB is Swedish for too little, too late
     
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  4. "Complain complain complain"

    I see a complaint about front wheel drive, this is four wheel drive. Then I see a complaint about the price. Here is a reality check - they will be lucky to get 2/3s the price listed due to discounting. If this is discounted to the high $20Ks then it could sell. I own one of these "POS" and I have to say, for such a bad reputation it runs very well. Over 30K in mileage and no problems. I can keep up with BMW 3 series cars in most cases without a problem. It is amazing what four wheel drive can do for you.
     
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