2009 Geneva Preview: GM to Launch New Saab 9-3X

The new Saab 9-3X, an upgraded model particularly focused on fuel efficiency and functional storage, will be officially rolled out at the Geneva Motor Show in March, parent company General Motors said today. The American automaker said the new vehicle is especially aimed at “people with active outdoor lifestyles who don't want a large crossover” and mentioned the vehicle incorporates numerous advanced technologies plus improved engines providing both improved fuel economy and reduced emissions.

“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.

If you liked the article, please follow us:  Google News icon Google News Youtube Instagram X (Twitter)
About the author: Bogdan Popa
Bogdan Popa profile photo

Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
Full profile


Would you like AUTOEVOLUTION to send you notifications?

You will only receive our top stories