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Free Car Owners Manuals - Saab 9 7x General Information

Free Car Owners Manuals - Saab 9 7x logoThe Saab 9-7X was a Saab-branded mid-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) based on General Motors’ GMT360 platform, which also included the GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, Oldsmobile Bravada, Isuzu Ascender, as well as Chevrolet TrailBlazer (and for this the 9-7X had been given the nickname “Trollblazer”, although it was not assembled in Trollhättan, Sweden, the traditional production site for Saabs). The 9-7X was the first American built Saab. It was assembled in the same United States Moraine, Ohio production plant as the other GMT360 SUVs and shared lots of components with its platform mates. The Saab 9-7X succeeded the Oldsmobile Bravada as GM’s flagship mid-size SUV, as well as was GM’s highest priced mid-size SUV, as well as the most expensive Saab ever produced. Its body panels were similar to the previously discontinued Bravada, yet it’s exterior was distinguished through its front fascia, headlamps, hood, fenders, roof rack, tail lamps, rear wiper, wheels, tires, as well as rear bumper.

It was the only GMT360 SUV not available with rear-wheel drive and, along with the Saab 9-2X, one of the first Saabs to feature standard all-wheel drive. 9-7X was also the first production Saab with a V8 engine. It also featured substantial chassis revisions, including a 1-inch (25 mm) lower ride height, revised bushings and dampers, standard rear air suspension, as well as quicker steering to sharpen the handling. The interior design was inspired next to the Saab 9-5 with features such as the console-mounted ignition switch and swing-out cupholder retained. Missing were the “night panel” switch that extinguished all unnecessary dash lighting, as well as the Saab active head restraints.

The GMT360 platform and the 9-7X were not scheduled to be updated or continued after the 2009 model year. It’s position in the Saab lineup was eventually to be occupied next to the Subaru B9 Tribeca-based Saab 9-6X, however GM divested its Subaru stock, leading to the 9-6X development being cancelled, giving the Tribeca an early face-lift as the 9-6X exterior was less controversial. Instead, the position will be filled next to the Theta-based 9-4X, a vehicle scheduled for production during the 2010 model year. According to the GM Fleet website, the 9-7X, along with its platform mates, the Chevrolet TrailBlazer and GMC Envoy were to remain in production for the whole 2009 model year. Yet GM closed the Moraine plant on December 23, 2008. The decision to close came early in the 2009 model year as sales continued to decline throughout the North American SUV segment. Sales of the 9-7X declined 30 percent in the first nine months of 2008. Envoy and Trailblazer sales declined 44 percent and 37 percent respectively.

Years Made:
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