(2005 model shown)
Saab's premium-priced compact 9-2X sport wagon shares platforms, powertrains, and components with the Subaru Impreza. Incorporating a few distinctive Saab styling elements, the 9-2X is the first Saab auto to come with standard all-wheel drive. Two versions are available: the base Linear model comes powered by a 165-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, while the high-performance Aero includes a quicker 227-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine under its hood. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a four-speed automatic gearbox is optional across the line. Four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and a fully independent suspension system are included on both models. Other standard features include side-impact airbags and active head restraints to help reduce whiplash injuries. Few changes are evident for 2006.
2005 Saab 9-2X by Marty Padgett
Saab gambles part of its future on a very strong hand.