December 9, 2003
Saab shows new 9-2X
Detroit, Michigan – The first Saab 9-2X models will go on sale in the U.S. and Canada July 1, 2004, said the company on Monday. The 9-2X is based on the all-wheel-drive Subaru Impreza.
“The Saab 9-2X is the ideal addition to our line-up,” says Peter Augustsson, Saab’s President and CEO. “Like the recently-launched Saab 9-3 models, it is extremely dynamic and is a car that you want to drive. Additionally, its price point will attract some new, young, enthusiastic customers to Saab.”
Two models will be offered: the 227 horsepower 9-2X Aero and the 165 horsepower 9-2X Linear. The Aero’s turbocharged and intercooled two-litre high performance DOHC four cylinder boxer engine produces 227 hp @ 6,000 rpm and 217 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,000 rpm. The power plant of the Saab 9-2X 2.5 Linear is naturally aspirated and delivers 165 hp @ 5,600 rpm as well as a maximum torque of 166 lb.-ft. (225 Nm) @ 4,000 rpm. Both cars provide a standard 5-speed manual transmission; a 4-speed automatic transmission is available as an option.
The Saab 9-2X’s full-time all-wheel-drive and boxer four cylinder engines are firsts in Saab’s history.