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2010 Saab 9-3X - Click above for high-res image gallery

Saab has released pricing details on its 2010 9-3 lineup, a newsworthy action in that it wasn't long ago that "Saab" and "2010 models" appeared to be mutually exclusive terms. Now that Victor Muller and Spyker have graciously relieved GM of a brand they've never really known what to do with, it's onward and (ideally) upward for 2010 as the new company, Saab Spyker Automobiles, chases after the profits that have eluded Trollhättan.

The most noteworthy ride on the just-released the price list? That would be the 2010 Saab 9-3X, the Allroad/Outback style jacked-up, all-wheel-drive SportCombi. Parking one in the garage at your ski chalet in Aspen will set you back, at minimum, $37,800, including destination. You can check out more high-res pics in the galleries below.

In related news, other members of the Saab 9-3 lineup have been lowered by anywhere from four- to 12 percent as compared to last year's models.

[Source: Saab]
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Saab Cars North America Announces Pricing on 2010 Model Year 9-3 Vehicles

- Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices reduced on all 2010 model year 9-3 variants - 2010 model year vehicles to begin arriving in showrooms Mid-March

DETROIT, March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Saab Cars North America today announced that manufacturer's suggested retail pricing will be reduced for all 2010 model year 9-3 vehicles. These are the first 2010 model year Saab vehicles produced for the US market and closely follow the recent acquisition of Saab Automobile AB by Spyker Cars NV.

An exciting line-up of model year 2010 vehicles will arrive during the next few weeks to dealer showrooms across the United States. The manufacturer's suggested retail price for every 2010 model year 9-3 variant has been reduced anywhere from 4 to 12 percent compared to model year 2009.

"This pricing action allows Saab to be in-line with the market and maintains accessibility of Saab's rich Swedish heritage, innovation and responsible performance for our many loyal owners, enthusiasts and potential new customers," said Mike Colleran, President and COO, Saab Cars North America.

Topping the list for 2010 is an all-new 9-3X premium cross-over model. Powered by Saab's 2.0 liter turbocharged engine and available with either a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, the 9-3X offers sporty performance without the typical penalty of high fuel consumption. The EPA fuel economy figures for the 9-3X are 20 mpg city/29 mpg highway for the manual transmission and 17 mpg city/27 mpg highway for the automatic transmission. Add in the standard cross-wheel drive (XWD) with electronic limited slip differential (eLSD) and raised chassis, the 9-3X delivers an all-road driving experience you can take with you no matter where your road leads. The 9-3X starts at $37,800 MSRP. All MSRP pricing includes destination and freight charges.

The 9-3 Sport Sedan is available in two trim levels, 2.0T and Aero, and both can be specified with either front wheel drive or with Saab's Cross-Wheel Drive (XWD) system. Sport Sedan starting prices range from $29,725 MSRP for the 2.0T to $38,940 MSRP for the Aero model. Both cars offer a host of standard equipment with the Aero adding sport-focused features such as 17" alloy wheels, more aggressive front fascia, interior trim with two-tone leather seats, thicker sport steering wheel, a sport tuned chassis, and dual bright exhaust tailpipes. OnStar with Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity is available on 2.0T models and comes standard on the Aero. A Bose six-CD audio system and XM Satellite Radio are also standard Aero content. Memory driver seat and rear park assist are available on Aero models in the optional Premium Package.

The 9-3 SportCombi offers a sedan-like driving experience with the added cargo carrying flexibility so many drivers desire. Standard equipment and available options on the front-wheel drive SportCombi are the same as the 9-3 Sport Sedan. SportCombi starting prices range from $31,155 MSRP for the 2.0T to $37,845 MSRP for the Aero model.

The stylish 9-3 Convertible model prices range from $40,815 MSRP for the 2.0T to $46,730 MSRP for the Aero. The convertible offers a special edition package with leather steering wheel, Xenon headlamps and XM Satellite Radio for $695.

Exciting new colors, including glacier silver metallic and arctic white, are available for all body styles.

"Saab Cars North America is committed to bringing customers options they need to enhance their active lifestyles by providing appealing design, sporty driving attributes, reliability and safety--all at an affordable price," said Colleran.

For more information and a listing of Saab dealerships, please visit the website: www.saabusa.com.

About Saab: Saab entered the auto business in 1949 with the first model 92. Its aerodynamic shape and advanced technology drew from the company's roots as an aircraft maker, and helped create what was to become a loyal and passionate customer base. GM acquired a 50 percent stake in Saab in 1990, and acquired the balance of Saab in 2000. As part of its strategy to focus on its four strongest brands in the U.S., GM began seeking a buyer for Saab in January 2009, a concerted effort that led to Spyker Cars NV purchasing Saab Automobile AB from General Motors on February 23, 2010.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder how they expect to gain any new sales in Canada. As far as I know they closed all SAAB dealers over here in the Great White North....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice. But I am still waiting for my 9-4x. I also wonder if it has OnStar...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ha, good luck with that
        • 5 Years Ago

        Even the Subaru WRX trumps it on price, and well, everything else.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was thinking the same thing, or something similar. We might have seen that kind of price in years past, but that was under GM, meaning that you KNEW that thousands were coming off the hood immediately, and there was a good chance you'd also have a 0% loan on it.

        Now, it's just overpriced.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Funny. Ford announces that price for the SHO and people go crazy attacking the price. Saab announces that price for a station wagon and price doesn't seem to be much of an issue.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well there are a lot of negative comments here about the high price, not really sure where you are getting that. Also I think people have come to expect paying a lot for luxury SUVs and off-road wagons, 40k is nothing new in the european luxury/entry level luxury arena while 40k for a non luxury brand american sedan is still a lot for people to swallow despite how good Ford has gotten lately.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, we are talking about a premium European brand, after all... even if few people still remember it exists.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yay! Saab is back in business with the new, old 9-3..........?

      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm a huge Saab fan, and currently a Saab owner, but I'm not drinking the Kool-Aid on this one. It's a nice car, but $37,800? That's silly money. If you buy this thing over a Q5 or an X3, you need to be hit in the head.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think it is more or less trying to compete with the likes of the Audi All-road and Subaru Outback. I think the 9-4x is more of a competitor to the Q5 and X3 than the 9-3x is.

        But I also agree it is overpriced some. They need to bring it down a bit to try to turn some volume I think. (Huge SAAB fan and owner here as well)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Isnt it based off the WRX/Outback anyways? It looks alot nicer if it is but still thats alittle steep pricewise IMO. But if thats what it needs to be to make a profit then oh well. I cant wait to see future models from Saab they have always been entertaining cars to drive thats for sure.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I thought about that as soon as I had posted it but it was to late.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have to agree with you on that one, it would have been a win win for both Saab and Subie. They are both really unique brands and having an upmarket Subaru in the Saab would have been a cool way to have done things. But at the end of the day it was owned by GM, so that says it all right there. I am think there will be huge sales hits lying ahead now that its under proper management.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, you are thinking of the Saabaru 9-2x. This has the platform that is shared with its form GM siblings.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This model got rave reviews from Top Gear. They said...

      " the best Saab on sale"
      " even though it's seen seven summers, the cabin still looks clean and modern"
      " the interior is typical Saab, which is to say good"
      " it's agreeably left-field, without being gimmicky"
      " What's not to like".

      SO, whilest we 'mercians may not 'get' it, the Brits seem quite keen on it. I like.... and as usual, I think it will sell more or less, for the price people will pay. Bargain and get a sweet, Swede ride.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This coming out is a day late but hopefully not a dollar short. Those that wish to shy away from Volvo or from the Outback may find this to their liking. That and this will sell in the New England area and parts of Europe I'm sure.
      • 5 Years Ago
      From a lifelong Saab fan and former owner, I wish them nothing but the best of luck, but please do something about that interior. It takes depressingly bland to a whole new level, beyond even the dreariness that is the Scandinavian norm. One would think the GM parts bin had something a little more attractive. Perhaps they could insert a little more classic Saab.
        • 5 Years Ago
        $37k? Good luck with that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have to agree. The interior styling is very bland. Not what one expects at this price level. The dark colour pictured doesn't help. For a $7000 premium over a top trim line Outback ($15,000 over a base) I would expect a much nicer looking vehicle inside and out. Based on the pictures it doesn't seem to be offering that. Hopefully it drives much better than an Outback and the materials feel incredible in person. Otherwise buyers will be hard pressed to justify the premium.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Huh? There's three light and four dark interior options to choose from.
        • 5 Years Ago
        yup, look very flat and simple.
        : (
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm not referring so much to color as overall design and materials. Obviously black isn't the only color, I'm not an idiot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess this only a stopgap model.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I sympathize with the company buy it's 5k too expensive. I like the design and hope improvements are coming. I still think they need a partner.
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