Teknikens Varld test the Saab 9-3x

Enough about the politics, eh?
What about the cars?
One of the three new vehicles that Saab will release over the next 18 months is the Saab 9-3x, which has received a great welcome so far from the press and is starting to roll off the production lines as we speak.
Tekniken’s Varld drove the vehicle recently and they compared it to one of the main competitors (especially in the Swedish market) – the Volvo XC70.
Scanned pictures from the magazine are available here. My thanks to Tompa for the quick translation.
Saab 9-3x
In the company’s most dire times ever, Saab launch a new model version that already on paper seems left behind. The new 9-3X takes up the terrainlook from amongst others, the Volvo XC70. We find out how much of a SUV the 9-3X really is.
The financial crisis hardly helps Saab that just now are undergoing it´s worst steelbath ever. The reconstruction of the company and search for a new owner might mean that new products come second, while it´s more important than ever to show off.
The “We can”- feeling is strong with the Saab people when we lay our Lovikka mittens on the first 9-3X in the area close to Jukkasjärvi in Lappland. The concept of a hightened Combi, all wheel drive and chunks of glued on plastic á la galonfabric pants have a taste more of millenium change rather than a bright future.
As early as 1998 the Volvo V70 XC was launched and two years later Audi launched it´s A6 Allroad. Internaly Saab has had several all wheel drive X models on the go for quite some time, but General Motors business plan has not always been in sync with Trollhättans “We can” mentality.
– We call the Saab 9-3X “Allrounder” instead of “Cross-over”, say Andreas Eskegren, Saab productstrategy. The 9-3X is supposed to deal with most things a small family demand from a Combi.
The 9-3X design may not be super fresh but the newsfactor is present when we study the car. Hightened suspention (35mm) together with other attributes give a all-terrain look. In addition the 2,0T BioPower (210hp/300Nm) can now be combined with XWD- all wheel drive wich at present places it as the only enviro car in it´s segment.

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