Shopping for a new Saab 9-7X?
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Saab's first-ever SUV is really a well-equipped version of the models that are otherwise marketed as the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, Buick Rainier, GMC Envoy and Isuzu Ascender. It does, however, add some token Saab-specific styling cues and details, such as an ignition cylinder that's located in the center console behind the gear lever. As with its other General Motors-related brethren, power comes from a 290-horsepower, 4.2-liter in-line six-cylinder engine. A high-torque, 300-horsepower V-8 powerplant that generates 330 lb-ft of torque is also available for added low-end muscle -- with the V-8 being an unusual thing to find in a Saab. Both engines are fitted to a four-speed automatic transmission and a fully automatic all-wheel drive system with a limited-slip rear differential comes standard. For '07, the 9-7X gets a standard tire pressure monitoring system and the latest version of GM's OnStar system, with "Turn by Turn" navigational assistance. All trim levels come standard with anti-lock brakes and rear-wheel electronic traction assist, a fully independent suspension with electronically controlled air shocks in the rear, 18-inch wheels and tires, side-curtain airbags and a state-of-the-art audio system, among myriad other features. Options include a DVD entertainment array, upgraded audio system, and a power sunroof.