First displayed as the 9-7X Aero Concept at the SEMA trade show in October 2006, 9-7X Aero will compete with the likes of BMW's X5 4.8is, Porsche's Cayenne Turbo and Mercedes' ML 63 AMG.

Get your racing gloves ready! Here comes yet another vehicle for the oxymoron segment, the Sport SUV. Representing the performance models of the Saab range, the “Aero” designation gets applied to Saab's mid-size 9-7X SUV which will be available in US dealerships this autumn. To compete with the likes of BMW's X5 4.8is, Porsche Cayenne Turbo and Mercedes' ML 63 AMG, the 9-7X Aero gets the LS2 6.0L small block V8 engine which is also found in the Corvette, Cadillac CTS-V and Trailblzer SS amongst others. Producing 390 hp (295 kW) and 395 lb.-ft. (542 Nm) of torque, acceleration to 60 mph is under 6 seconds. Maximum towing capacity is 6600 pounds (2994kg).

Other perks to give the limited edition Aero package that extra special dash of spice include charcoal metallic paint called Carbon Flash Metallic, 20-inch polished aluminum wheels with P255/50R20 V-speed-rated tires and "Aero" embroidered leather seats and embossed floor mats.

In the handling department the 9-7X Aero gets lowered chassis, 10mm thicker front stabilizer bars, heavy-duty rear axle with lim-slip diff and upgraded brakes. And all this can be yours for the dirt cheap starting price of $45,690, which includes a $745 destination fee.

Gallery: Saab 9-7X Aero with 390hp LS2 Engine Announced (US)