2008 Saab 9-7X

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$40,400-$46,530
$37,572-$43,273
13 CITY / 18 HWY
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Overview

What Changed for 2008:
  • 6.0-liter V-8 engine with 390 hp

  • Automatic all-wheel drive (AWD), anti-lock brakes (ABS) and stability control standard

  • Standard leather seats, power moonroof

  • Standard OnStar with one-year Turn-by-Turn Navigation

  • Standard XM satellite radio

  • Optional 18-inch polished aluminum wheels

  • Optional DVD rear-seat entertainment system

  • Optional navigation system

  • Aero model has exclusive Carbon Flash exterior color
Overview
Saab's 2008 9-7X 4-door, 5-passenger, AWD SUV returns as carryover from the 2007 model. Introduced in 2006, the 9-7X benefits from the newly available 6.0-liter, small-block V-8 engine in the Aero model that pumps out 390 hp. Saab claims the 9-7X's V-8 engine enables the vehicle to go from 0-60 mph in less than 6 seconds. It's the fastest Saab available today, according to the maker. All 2008 9-7X models include the Saab 5-year/100,000-mile warranty with no deductible.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Saab 9-7X is available in three models-4.2i, 5.3i and Aero-all with automatic AWD, 4-speed automatic transmission, standard 4-wheel ABS, stability control, and tire-pressure-monitoring system. The 4.2i has a 4.2-liter, 285-hp 6-cylinder engine; tuned sport suspension; leather seats with heated front seats; power moonroof; 18-inch, 12-spoke alloy wheels and all-season tires; OnStar with one year of Turn-by-Turn Navigation and Directions & Connections plans; and XM satellite radio (three months free). The 5.3i has the 5.3-liter V-8 engine, and adds 18-inch, 6-spoke alloy wheels with all-season tires and Xenon headlamps with washers. The Aero includes the 6.0-liter V-8 engine; heavy-duty, electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission; AWD with torque-based center differential; and exclusive standard Carbon Flash exterior color.

Options on the 2008 Saab 9-7X include 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, metallic paint, DVD rear-seat entertainment system, and a navigation system.

Powertrain
The 2008 Saab 9-7X is powered by three different engines, depending on model chosen. The 4.2i has the 4.2-liter V-6 engine that generates 290 hp at 6000 rpm and 277 lb.-ft. of torque at 4800 rpm. The 5.3i has the 5.3-liter V-8 engine generating 300 hp at 5200 rpm and 330 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. The Aero has the 6.0-liter, small-block V-8 engine with cold air induction that pumps out 390 hp at 6000 rpm and 400 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. Automatic AWD, stability control, rear air-suspension system with load-leveling, ABS, and tire-pressure-monitoring system are standard. Aero adds AWD with torque-based center differential. EPA fuel economy for the 4.2 is 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway, for the 5.3 it's 13 mpg city/19 mpg highway, and the 6.0 gets an estimated 12 mpg city/16 mpg highway.

Safety
Safety features on the 2008 Saab 9-7X include dual-stage frontal air bags for driver and front passenger; head curtain side air bags with rollover sensor; 3-point safety belts for all seating positions with pre-tensioners; Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) for child safety seats; rear door child security locks; theft-deterrent system; tire-pressure-monitoring system, ABS, and traction control. In addition, OnStar one-year Turn-by-Turn Navigation, emergency services, and Hands-Free Calling are included as standard.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 9-7X receives a 3-star rating for driver front crash protection and a 4-star rating for front passenger protection in frontal impacts. In NHTSA side-impact tests, the 9-7X receives a 5-star rating for both the front and rear seats. The 9-7X receives a 4-star rating for rollover resistance.

Technology
An AM/FM, 6-speaker, Bose sound system is standard on the 2008 Saab 9-7X. Options include a 6-disc in-dash CD changer, DVD rear-entertainment system with MP3 capability, and an in-dash DVD-based navigation system (replacing the 6-disc CD changer). Also included are three months free XM satellite radio, driver information center, rear-seat audio controls, and one year of OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation.
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