2011 SAAB 9-3X

The 2011 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 is the ideal alternative to large and heavy crossovers or SUVs.
Saab couples its E85-capable BioPower engine technology with the acclaimed Cross Wheel Drive system. The 9-3X is also available with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine and a 1.9-liter diesel variant that comes with front-wheel drive. All three fuel variants are efficient, four-cylinder engines turbocharged for added power.
Saab designers raised the chassis 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.
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.
At the heart of the 9-3X is Saab’s cutting-edge XWD system. It is an intelligent, active system that continuously distributes engine drive torque between the front and rear axles as required for optimum stability and grip in all conditions.
The 9-3X also is designed to make loading equipment easy. The rear cargo area, with a low floor, is spacious and well-proportioned.
Base model estimated mpg: 19/27
Estimated starting price: $37,800
Compiled by Motor Matters

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