Detroit, Michigan – Saab has announced the new 9-3X, a new addition to the 9-3 range that will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The 2010 9-3X is aimed at people with active lifestyles who don’t want a large crossover or SUV.

With a distinctive appearance, versatile SportCombi wagon body, higher stance and advanced all-wheel drive technology, the 9-3X offers fuel efficiency and functional storage without limiting the kinds of roads that can be driven on.

Saab’s Cross Wheel Drive (XWD) system, which made its debut in the Turbo X limited edition model last year, will be combined with a fuel-efficient 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine. The chassis has been raised by 35 mm from the two-wheel drive 9-3 SportCombi for rugged driving terrain, such as gravel or unpaved roads.

New front and rear bumpers, the side sills and edges of the wheel arch use a dark grey, grained finish as a protective covering. Other features include skid panels with matt aluminum finish, lower door decor strips, roof rails, fog lights, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The 2010 9-3X is expected to arrive in the U.S. this Fall, with pricing announced closer to market launch.

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