Saab announced a limited-edition of its 9-7X SUV today that it's calling the Altitude. By "limited," we're not kidding, as only 500 will be produced for model year 2007. The Altitude package includes a set polished 18" alloys, side steps, a rear-seat entertainment system and an Altitude-exclusive metallic finish called "carbon fiber gray."

We still can't believe there's a Trailblazer somewhere under there, because the 9-7X looks light years better than its corporate cousin. As for this Altitude Edition package, its squat stance and step bars give it a nice, low-to-the ground appearance. It's even covered by GM's new-fangled 100,000 mile warranty.

The Altitude Edition will run you $42,130 for the 6-cylinder and $44,130 if you go for the V8. That price range is pretty crowded in the luxo-SUV segment, so this Saab is going to have to slug it out with some pretty stiff competition. None of them offer the Altitude's level of exclusivity, though, and we're pretty sure there are 500 people out there who'll take the plunge.

(Press release after the jump)

[Source: Saab]



PRESS RELEASE:

9-7X Flies to New Heights: Saab Announces Altitude Edition

DETROIT - Saab's first-ever SUV is flying to new heights with the 2007 9-7X Altitude Edition. Only 500 of these specially-outfitted SUVs will be available for the 2007 model year, making it a limited edition with very exclusive appeal.

Beyond the extremely rich standard equipment of the 9-7X, the Altitude Edition includes 18" alloy polished wheels, and side assist steps, a rear DVD player, and an exclusive carbon fiber gray metallic paint. The package will be offered at a savings of nearly $1,000 than if the items were ordered individually. The package is available on the six-cylinder 9-7X 4.2i and the 9-7X 5.3I V8 - which will bring the total vehicle price (MSRP, destination charge and Altitude package) to $42,130 and $44,130, respectively.

For 2007, OnStar-equipped 9-7X models will feature a new service called OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation, the first factory-installed, fully-integrated GPS navigation system from OnStar. Turn-by-Turn allows consumers to talk to a live advisor, who in turn sends complete step-by-step directions to customers' vehicles through their OnStar system. Also in 2007, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System becomes standard equipment on the 9-7X, and one new color, Crystal Blue metallic, has been added.

The Saab 9-7X, which debuted in the summer of 2005, brings unique Saab characteristics to the SUV segment, including sophisticated styling inside and out, premium quality and design features, and sporty and fun-to-drive performance. Additionally, this SUV has a high-level of standard equipment, which is offered to consumers at a surprisingly reasonable price.

Saab is a division of General Motors Corp. Saab USA is the importer and/or distributor of Saab 9-3, 9-5 and 9-7X automobiles for Saab Automobile AB, Sweden. For the 2007 model year, Saab markets seven engines/transmissions that perform at an EPA-rated 30 mpg on the highway. Also, beginning in 2007, Saab offers vehicle warranty coverage for five-years or up to 100,000 miles. Visit www.saabusa.com for more information.