From Saab press: The Saab 9-3X is a rugged all-round car designed to take active individualists to the start of their adventure. With distinctive looks, a versatile SportCombi body, higher stance and advanced all-wheel drive technology, the 9-3X offers fuel efficiency and functional storage without limiting the kinds of roads that need to be driven. It is the ideal alternative to large and heavy crossovers or SUVs.
For the first time, Saab couples its E85-capable BioPower engine technology with the acclaimed Cross Wheel Drive (XWD) system. The 9-3X is also available with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine. A 1.9 TTiD diesel variant comes with front-wheel drive. All three fuel variants are efficient, four-cylinder engines turbocharged for added power. Overall, the 9-3X embodies Saab’s EcoPower Technology philosophy, combining a dynamic driving experience with an efficient use of resources to achieve responsible performance.
Saab designers raised the chassis 35 mm higher than that seen on a standard two-wheel drive SportCombi so it can handle a rugged driving terrain. It is specifically designed for those who frequently hit gravel or unpaved roads, without compromising the driving experience on asphalt.
The Saab 9-3X is a car in tune with the less-is-more needs of today’s customers. “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 trekking shoe that will do what’s required in more comfort and style than a heavier mountaineering boot.”
New front and rear bumpers feature a dark gray, grained finish that is also applied to the side sills and the edges of the wheel arches as a protective covering when the terrain becomes loose or muddy. This treatment is complemented by skid panels with a matt aluminum finish, curving up towards the door opening at the rear and adopting a wing form in the lip of the lower front bumper. These are matched by matte, aluminum-colored lower door decor strips. Black roof rails are standard, with a chromed finish available as an option. Visible, twin round exhaust tailpipes are standard for all engine options. Front fog lights ringed with a chrome finish add yet another rugged accent.
With the addition of newly designed, multi-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels, the 9-3X’s exterior character reflects its ability to handle mixed road conditions, whether rough or smooth, loose or paved.
Inside, the 9-3X interior is based on top-of-the-line specification, adding a dark metallic finish to the door trims, glove box and gearshift surround. The unique sports seating features gray fabric inserts in the black leather upholstery.