2009 Saab 9-7X

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What Changed for 2009:
  • New Bluetooth wireless connectivity for hands-free calling
  • Special Altitude Edition for 4.2i and 5.3i models
  • Optional limited-production black side assist steps (dealer installed)
  • Two new exterior colors
Saab's 2009 9-7X 4-door, 5-passenger, all-wheel drive (AWD) SUV, last redesigned in 2006, returns as mostly carryover, although the lineup does add the special Altitude Edition, available with 4.2i and 5.3i models; two new exterior colors: Diamond Silver Metallic and Desert Tan Metallic; Bluetooth wireless connectivity for hands-free calling; and a limited-production option of side assist steps (requires dealer installation).

All 2009 Saab 9-7X models include a 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, including courtesy transportation and roadside assistance, no-charge scheduled maintenance for 3 years/36,000 miles, and a 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper new-car warranty.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Saab 9-7X is available in three models-9-7X 4.2i, 9-7X 5.3i and the performance-oriented 9-7X Aero-all with automatic AWD, 4-speed automatic transmission, standard 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic stability control, and tire-pressure-monitoring system.

The Saab 9-7X 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. The 9-7X 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; heavy-duty rear axle and high-performance rotors and brake pads; AWD with torque-based center differential; 20-inch polished aluminum wheels and P255/50R20 V-rated performance tires; \"Aero\" embroidered leather seats and embossed floor mats; and Carbon Flash exterior color.

The Altitude Edition package, available on 9-7X 4.2i and 5.3i models, includes highly-polished 18-inch alloy wheels, specific badging, DVD touch-screen navigation radio, and two exterior color choices: Diamond Silver Metallic and Carbon Flash Metallic (the only non-Aero model offering this color).

Options on the 2009 Saab 9-7X include 18-inch polished aluminum wheels, DVD-integrated touch-screen navigation system, and a DVD rear-seat entertainment system. A Prestige package is available and includes adjustable pedals, Xenon headlamps and headlamp washers.

The 2009 Saab 9-7X 4.2i comes equipped with a 4.2-liter, inline 6-cylinder engine that generates 285 hp at 6000 rpm and 276 lb.-ft. of torque at 4600 rpm. 9-7X 5.3i models feature a 5.3-liter V-8 engine with GM's Active Fuel Management cylinder-deactivation technology, producing 300 hp at 5300 rpm and 321 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. These two engines are mated to a Hydra-Matic 4L60 4-speed automatic transmission. In the 9-7X Aero models, power comes from an LS2 6.0-liter V-8 engine with a unique cold air induction package, delivering 390 hp at 6000 rpm and 400 lb.-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. The 6.0-liter engine is paired with the Hydra-Matic 4L70 electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission. Maximum towing capacity on the 9-7X Aero model is 6600 pounds.

Automatic AWD, electronic stability control, a rear air-suspension system with load-leveling, 4-wheel ABS, and a tire-pressure-monitoring system are standard on all 2009 Saab 9-7X models. Aero trim adds AWD with a torque-based center differential. EPA fuel economy for both the 9-7X 4.2i and 5.3i is 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway. The 9-7X Aero gets an estimated 12 mpg city/16 mpg highway.

Standard safety features on the 2009 Saab 9-7X include dual-stage frontal air bags for driver and front passenger; passenger sensing system; head curtain side air bags with rollover sensor; front safety belt pre-tensioners with load limiters and a front safety belt buckle-up reminder; Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) for child safety seats; rear-door child security locks; theft-deterrent system; tire-pressure-monitoring system; 4-wheel ABS; and electronic stability control. In addition, the OnStar safety and security system is standard, including one year of Directions & Connections service that features Turn-by-Turn Navigation, the first factory-installed, fully integrated GPS navigation system, according to GM.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2009 Saab 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 in the agency's rollover testing.

All 2009 Saab 9-7X models have a standard AM/FM, 6-disc, in-dash CD changer with rear-seat audio controls, and a 6-speaker Bose 275-watt audio system. Options include a DVD-integrated touch-screen navigation system, and a rear-seat, headrest-integrated DVD entertainment system with 7-inch screen, headphones and controls. Also included are XM satellite radio, driver information center, rear-seat audio controls, and one year of OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation. New for 2009, Bluetooth wireless connectivity enables hands-free calling.


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  • Name 4.2i (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 42615.00 Engine 4.2L/256 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
  • Name 5.3i (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 45345.00 Engine 5.3L/325 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
  • Name Aero (AWD 4dr) Transmission Automatic MSRP 49105.00 Engine 6.0L/364 City/Hwy MPG 12/16
  • Seats, front bucket with leather-appointed seating, 8-way power driver and front passenger seat adjusters, driver power lumbar control and adjustable outboard head restraints
  • Seat trim, leather-appointed with French seam contrast stitching
  • Seats, heated driver and front passenger include separate controls for seatback and seat cushion
  • Seat adjuster, 8-way power front passenger with power lumbar control
  • Memory Package, 2-position memory for driver seat
  • Seats, rear split-folding
  • Armrests, driver and passenger doors, padded
  • Console, center includes CD storage and mounted ignition
  • Floor covering, color-keyed carpeting
  • Floor mats, color-keyed carpeted front and rear, removable
  • Steering wheel, leather-wrapped rim with mounted audio and Driver Information Center controls, includes theft-deterrent locking feature
  • Steering column, Tilt-wheel, adjustable with brake/transmission shift interlock
  • Driver Information Center, monitors different systems includes trip computer, fluid levels and door ajar
  • Instrumentation, Metallic-framed
  • Instrumentation, analog with speedometer, odometer with trip odometer, fuel level, voltmeter, engine temperature, oil pressure, tachometer, liftgate ajar, warning light for safety belt, ABS/parking brake, directional hazard signals and high beam
  • Warning tones headlamp on, key-in-ignition, driver safety belt unfasten and turn signal on
  • Windows, power with driver Express-Down and lockout features
  • Door locks, power programmable that unlock when vehicle is shifted into "Park" and lockout protection
  • Remote Keyless Entry programmable with 2 transmitters, panic button and content theft alarm
  • Universal Home Remote includes garage door opener, 3-channel programmable
  • Cruise control electronic with set and resume speed
  • Theft-deterrent alarm system, content theft alarm
  • Theft-deterrent system, PASSlock
  • Air conditioning, dual-zone automatic climate control with individual climate settings for driver and right-front passenger and outside temperature display
  • Defogger, rear-window electric
  • Heater and defogger includes front and side window defoggers and rear passenger heating ducts
  • Glovebox, passenger-side of instrument panel
  • Cup holders 1 on floor console, 1 9-5 style in instrument panel
  • Cup holders, 2 in the second row
  • Power outlets 2 auxiliary in front bottom of instrument panel, 1 in rear of center console, covered, 12-volt
  • Trim, wood-effect
  • Door trim, integral armrests and driver- and front passenger-side map pockets
  • Mirror, inside rearview auto-dimming with 8-point compass display
  • Console, overhead custom
  • Visors, padded driver and passenger with illuminated vanity mirrors, color-keyed with cloth trim and sliding feature
  • Assist handle, front passenger and rear outboard
  • Lighting, interior perimeter with theater dimming, cargo compartment, door-and tailgate-activated switches, illuminated entry and exit feature and rear map lights
  • Trim, leather-trimmed gear shift knob/lever and handbrake
  • Cargo tie downs 5 in-floor Chrome tie downs located in the rear compartment
  • Cargo shade rear retractable, color-keyed and removable
  • Pedals, power-adjustable for accelerator and brake
  • Seats, front bucket with leather-appointed seating, "Aero" embroidered, 8-way power driver and front passenger seat adjusters, driver power lumbar control, adjustable outboard head restraints and storage pocket
  • Floor mats, color-keyed carpeted front and rear, removable (Includes "Aero" embossed on driver and passenger floormats.)
  • Wheels, 4-18" (45.7 cm) 12-spoke, Aluminum with wheel caps
  • Tires, P255/55R18 all-season, blackwall
  • Tire, full-size spare P255/60R17 106H blackwall
  • Wheel, 17" (43.2 cm) full-size spare steel wheel located at rear underbody of vehicle
  • Sunroof, power and tilt-sliding with express-open and wind deflector
  • Luggage rack, roof-mounted with chrome side rails
  • Bumpers, front and rear body-color rear step includes pad
  • Grille, body-color with bright trim molded plastic and SAAB insignia
  • Headlamps, dual halogen composite with automatic exterior lamp control and includes flash-to-pass feature
  • Fog lamps, front round halogen
  • Mirrors, outside heated power-adjustable, manual-folding with integrated turn signal indicators
  • Glass, Solar-Ray deep tinted (all windows except light tinted glass on windshield and driver-and front passenger side glass)
  • Wipers, front intermittent with pulse washers
  • Wiper, rear intermittent with washer
  • License plate bracket, front includes a cover for states where a front license plate is not required
  • Door handles, body-color
  • Body configuration, liftgate with liftglass
  • Quiet Package with strategically placed elements of sound insulation
  • Wheels, 4-18" x 8" (45.7 cm x 20.3 cm) 6-spoke, Aluminum with wheel caps
  • Headlamps, Xenon with high-intensity discharge
  • Headlamp washers
  • Wheels, 4 - 20" x 8" (50.8 cm x 20.3 cm) 6-spoke polished aluminum includes center cap and steel spare
  • Tires, P255/50R20 V-rated all-season, blackwall
  • Tire, full-size spare P245/65R17, blackwall
  • Engine, Vortec 4.2L I6 SFI with transmission oil cooler (285 hp [212.5 kW] @ 6000 rpm, 276 lb-ft of torque [372.6 Nm] @4600 rpm)
  • Transmission, 4-speed automatic, electronically controlled with overdrive
  • Transfer case, AWD active automatic system
  • Differential, limited slip, heavy-duty rear
  • Rear axle, 3.73 ratio
  • Battery, heavy-duty 600 cold-cranking amps, maintenance-free with rundown protection and retained accessory power
  • Alternator, 150 amps
  • GVWR, 6001 lbs. (2722 kg)
  • Trailering equipment, heavy-duty includes trailering hitch platform, 7-wire harness plus CHMSL wire and heavy-duty flasher (4-wire harness on Aero)
  • Trailer hitch receiver cover
  • Suspension Package, Saab-tuned Sport includes 1.81" (46 mm) high-pressure gas shocks, front and rear urethane jounce bumpers and front and rear stabilizer bars
  • Suspension, rear, load-leveling
  • Steering, power
  • Exhaust, large bright-finished tip
  • Tools, mechanical jack and wheel wrench
  • Engine, Vortec 5.3L V8 SFI with Active Fuel Management (300 hp [223.7 kW] @ 5300 rpm, 321 lb-ft of toque [433.4 Nm] @ 4000 rpm)
  • Alternator, 145 amps
  • Engine, 6.0L V8 SFI (390 hp [290.8 kW] @ 6000 rpm, 400 lb-ft of torque [540 N-m] @ 4000) (Not SAE certified)
  • Transmission, 4-speed automatic, super-duty
  • Transfer case, AWD Torsen single-speed with torque-based differential
  • Rear axle, 4.10 ratio
  • Convenience Package, power windows and door locks, programmable with lighted switches, driver and front passenger Express-Down windows, power rear glass and rear-window wiper/washer
  • Driver Convenience Package includes (CJ2) dual-zone automatic air conditioning, (DD7) inside rearview mirror with compass, (STW) leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, (UK6) rear audio controls and (U68) Driver Information Center
  • Prestige Package includes (JF4) power-adjustable accelerator and brake pedals, (TT6) Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps and (CE4) headlamp washers
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • StabiliTrak, electronic stability control system
  • Air bags, frontal, driver and right front passenger (Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size. Even in vehicles equipped with air bags and the Passenger Sensing System, children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat. Never place a rear-facing infant restraint in the front seat of any vehicle equipped with an active frontal air bag. See the Owner's Manual and child safety eat instructions for more safety information.
  • Air bag Passenger Sensing System (front passenger air bag status indicated on inside rearview mirror)
  • Air bags, head curtain side-impact, front and rear outboard seating positions (Head curtain side air bags are designed to help reduce the risk of head and neck injuries to front and rear seat occupants on the near side of certain side-impact collisions. Always use safety belts and the correct child restraints for your child's age and size, even in vehicles equipped with air bags. Children are safe when properly secured in a rear seat. See the vehicles Owner's Manual and child safety seat instructions for more safety information.)
  • OnStar, 1-year of Directions and Connections plan. Includes the innovative easy to use Turn-by-Turn Navigation services which provide voice-guided directions (where available). Also includes Automatic Crash Notification, Automatic Notification of Air Bag Deployment, Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance, a link to all Emergency Services, Roadside Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, Hands-Free Calling, AccidentAssist, Remote Horn and Lights, Information and Convenience Services, and Driving Directions (OnStar services require vehicle electrical system (including battery), wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers
  • LATCH system (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren) for child safety seats
  • Door locks, rear child security
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Horn, dual-note high and low
  • Audio system, AM/FM stereo with 6-disc CD changer seek-and-scan, digital clock, auto-tone control, Radio Data System (RDS), speed-compensated volume, TheftLock and 6 speakers (May be upgraded to (UA4) AM/FM stereo with CD player and DVD-touch-screen navigation radio.)
  • XM Radio. XM Radio includes 3 trial months of service. XM turns your world on with commercial-free music channels from Rock to Jazz, Country to Classical, Latin Pop to Hip Hop, and virtually everything in between, all in amazing digital sound. Turn on your favorite Sports with every Major League Baseball game from Opening Day until the World Series, NHL Hockey, the PGA TOUR and college football and basketball. Plus XM brings you the biggest names in news and talk, outrageous comedy, award-winning family programming -- wherever you go from coast to coast. Exclusive live concerts, Oprah and Friends, Radio Disney, and so much more. Find what turns you on (Available in the 48 contiguous United States. Required $12.95 monthly subscription sold separately after 3
  • Audio system feature, Bose premium speaker system
  • Audio system controls, rear with headphone jacks (headphones not included)
  • Antenna, combined OnStar/XM Satellite Radio
  • Bluetooth for phone personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system and HMI (Human Machine Interface)

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