2009 Geneva Preview: GM to Launch New Saab 9-3X
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“The 9-3X is an efficient all-rounder for anyone who doesn’t want or need an SUV- type vehicle,” says Simon Padian, Saab Brand Design Chief. “Simply put, we are offering a vehicle that will do what’s required in more comfort and style than a heavier SUV.”
The 9-3X will offer a choice of two engines, as it follows: a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol unit delivering 210 horsepower plus Cross Wheel Drive system (XWD) and 1.9-liter TtiD diesel version 180 horsepower with front-wheel drive.
For those of you who haven't heard of it, the XWD technology “is an intelligent, active system that continuously distributes engine drive torque between the front and rear axles as required for optimum stability and traction in all conditions,” as GM explained in a press statement. “To optimise traction the Saab XWD incorporates an innovative, pre-emptive engagement of the rear wheels. Unlike conventional all-wheel-drive systems, this eliminates the need to detect front wheel slip before rear drive is activated.”
The manufacturer has not provided too many details regarding the equipment levels, but we do know the 9-3X will feature 5-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels and a unit interior trim combined with a dark metallic finish to the door trims. Pricing details are yet to be unveiled.
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