Saab 9-3X Concept Car

The Saab 9-3X concept, revealed at the Detroit Motor Show, was conceived as a ‘crossover coupé’, and demonstrated that a four-wheel-drive vehicle with off-road capabilities could also retain a sporty visual appeal. It was the first time Saab had shown a car with an off-road ability and presaged the development of a new, ‘sub-SUV’ niche in the market.

Within its 3-door coupé format, the 9-3X offered spacious accommodation for four adults and a versatile load-carrying ability. The 280bhp, 2.8-liter V6 turbo engine was linked to an ‘intelligent’ four-wheel-drive system – a forerunner of Saab XWD – and promised sporty performance whatever the road surface.

The 9-3X was developed from General Motors’ ‘Epsilon’ mid-size vehicle architecture and aspects of its design language, as well as a number of technical features, were presented as a preview of likely themes for forthcoming new products.

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