Detroit, Michigan – Saab will introduce the 2010 9-3X at the 2009 New York International Auto Show, following its world premiere last month at the Geneva Auto Show.

Developed and manufactured in Sweden, the 9-3X is designed to stylishly transport outdoor enthusiasts to their adventures, with distinctive looks, versatile SportCombi body, higher stance, and advanced all-wheel drive technology.

The 9-3X will use the Saab Cross Wheel Drive (XWD) system from the Turbo X limited edition unveiled last year, with a fuel-efficient, 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine. Its chassis is lifted 35 mm higher than the two-wheel drive 9-3 SportCombi and it has automatic body levelling for rugged terrain, regardless of the load on the rear axle.

“The 9-3X is an efficient choice for anyone who doesn’t want or need an SUV-type vehicle,” said Saab design chief Simon Padian. “Simply put, we are offering a trekking shoe that will do what’s required in more comfort and style than a heavier mountaineering boot.”

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