• Aug 6, 2007
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We told you pretty much all you needed to know about Saab's new 9-7x Aero when The General dropped the big news last week. With its 390-horse LS2 V8, the SUV has some giddyup awaiting the commands of your right foot, and the presence of the Saab-ified interior removes any doubt that this is easily the nicest Trailblazer SS ever. Who says badge engineering's all bad? GM's gone and released a whole bunch of new photos of the Saab's performance SUV, and you can scope 'em out in the attached gallery.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      It has been my exp that anytime someone critics a new saab badly, they have not owned one. I have now owned 9 SAABS (yes, 9). And I owned the regular 9-7 until 2wks ago when I bought the 9-7 AERO. One of my employees has a trailblazed and the 9-7 is no Blazer. This thing is faaaast and the int is very clean. As for the cost, if you can afford it and it doesn't put you in debt, then so what if it cost money. What I love best about this suv is that I get asked on the street everytime "nice car, what is it? I love that! Being diff comes with a hefty price, and it's worth it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am a former owner of that other Saab badge-engineered exercise, the 9-2x. I actually think the 9-7x is sharp and GM put far more resources into it than the 9-2x. If they had bothered to spend a little more on the 9-2x interior, it could have been much more successful. The Saab/Subaru relationship is over, but the upcoming 08 Impreza/WRX platform could have been easily tweaked to make a much more convincing 2nd Gen 9-2x. The interior especially is far more refined, and the profile evokes old 900/9-3's.

      The 9-7x interior is quite nice actually. Since the beginning, everybody says this is a bebadged Trailblazer, but if you examine the body panels closely, it's actually more related to the Olds Bravada/Buick Ranier.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If I want a Chevy, Id buy a Chevy. If I want a SAAB - I don't want a Chevy - therefore I will not buy a SAAB. The 9-7 is a Chevy with a fresh coat of paint.

      Ive owned four SAABs - I don't expect to buy another anytime soon. I hate you GM, your ineptitude has allowed foreign competators to take market share and put the American car industry at risk. You deserve to die and I will not shed a tear when you go out of business.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah you will when unemployment rates skyrocket and our economy takes a nose dive...
      • 7 Years Ago
      People that buy these are the same as the idiots that buy the Lexus LX or GX. You can pay significantly less for a lower "brand" with nearly the same features.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I prefer the styling (and uniqueness) of this 9-7X to the Trailblazer SS. And I'm sure with rebates and dealer dickering they will be a bit more affordable than sticker.

      Call me crazy but I would love to own one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      ...easily the dumbest Trailblazer SS ever is more like it...I have a neighbor that sprung for a 9-7 and he's a big a-hole...Can you imagine paying the same for this thing as an Acura MDX or similar?
      • 7 Years Ago
      What, no picture of the selector of the 4 speed automatic?
        • 7 Years Ago
        What does the Escalade have? Oh GM's 6L80.
        No, no wants to have a 6:1 ratio spread. No one want the axle ratio lowered for superior highway driving/mileage (40mph / 1K) and still be faster off the line.

        6L80 1st 4.027, 4L70 3.059, so the 4.1 axle ratio could be 3.11 for identical off the line. But the 3.42 or 3.73 should be available (if of sufficient torque handling capacity)
        Even leaving it stock (it would be so much faster, almost violent in the 0-25mph jump) mileage would be improved.

        Let the 4L70 go. It should have retired a decade ago.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Tried and true 4l60 you mean, god forbid they use something thats been proven to handle this kind of power and then some for years and years. Newer doesnt always mean better people. Pushrod v8's are still where its at.
        The DOHC v8 in the XLR is loads heaver than the ls2.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Now if only it followed suit with the rest of Saab and came with a turbo....
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow. That's probably the most Swedish product ever built in Moraine, Ohio. Pardon me, Emperor, your new clothes are ready.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not a big fan of the interior. It looks really cluttered - especially with all the switches over the windshield and the little blue screen looks like it has some weird gauges on it. The yoke idea is an interesting one, though.
      :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, I like the wheels on my Trailblazer SS, but I'm shocked that GM just stuck Saab center caps on them and stuck them on the 9-7x Aero. That's a level of cost cutting/laziness that I didn't think was possible from the folks at GM.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Touche.
        • 7 Years Ago
        That's NOT a Saab.

        Saab doesn't exist.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Autoblog:

      If you're not going to give us pictures of the interior, then please refrain from talking about it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Jon,

        Come on. The 9-7x interior is a known commodity, and pictures of it are readily available. None were included here because no new shots specific to the Aero were made available.
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