DETROIT, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Saab is making its all-new 9-7X premium
midsize SUV more attractive ... even before it goes on sale this spring.
By registering before March 31, customers who purchase or lease a 2005
9-7X will get three years of free OnStar "Safe & Sound" and XM Satellite Radio
service, a $700.00 value. In addition, current Saab drivers whose lease
expires in February, March or April will qualify for a lease extension of up
to six months to enable them to take delivery of a new 2005 9-7X.
Saab will target potential customers with a direct mail campaign by the
end of February 2005. This mailing will direct prospects to the Saab 9-7X
website, www.saab97Xsuv.com. Once customers have registered at this website,
they will automatically receive the additional free services once they take
delivery of their 2005 Saab 9-7X. Beginning Feb. 14, interested customers can
also go directly to the website even if they did not receive the mailing from
The 9-7X is just one part of the most aggressive product development
offensive in Saab's 57-year history. The vehicle comes standard with
all-wheel drive, leather-appointed heated front seats, 18-inch alloy wheels,
side-curtain airbags, OnStar, XM Satellite Radio and a moonroof or a rear-DVD
entertainment system. Saab owners will feel at home in the 9-7X, which
features the cockpit inspired instrument panel, signature sliding-plate vents,
the 9-5 in-dash cupholder and center console-mounted ignition. Two 9-7X
models will be available: the Linear, with a 275 hp in-line 6-cylinder and the
Arc model with a 300 hp V8. The Arc will also feature xenon headlamps,
headlamp washers and adjustable pedals.
"We are excited about the 9-7X, Saab's first-ever SUV," said Debra Kelly-
Ennis, President and COO of Saab Cars USA. "It gives us an important addition
to our product portfolio and allows Saab to take advantage of the continued
growth in the premium SUV segment. On top of that, the 9-7X will provide
customers with outstanding value for money."
The 9-7X has more headroom and legroom, towing capability and torque than
any comparably equipped Volvo XC90, its principal competitor. Final pricing
for the Saab 9-7X will be announced later in February and is expected to be
approximately $7,000.00 less than a comparably equipped XC90 V8.