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  Saab 9-3X

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Country of origin:Sweden
Produced in:2002
Introduced at:2002 NAIAS
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionSaab breaks new ground by going 'off-road' for the first time with the muscular Saab 9-3X, launched at the 2002 Detroit Motorshow. As you would expect from a design team led by Saab's Executive Director of Design, Michael Mauer, it does so in a very sporty, multidynamic style. Just as Mauer's previous concept, the multi-dimensional Saab 9X, combined characteristic features of a performance car, roadster, wagon and pick-up within a single vehicle, the 9-3X now brings together coupe and cross-over formats. It is further evidence of Mauer's belief in the arrival of a new automotive order, one where vehicles are no longer required to satisfy just one need. In fulfilling a number of roles, they must be multidynamic. This approach is a cornerstone of the new design foundations being laid down by Mauer's bold concepts.

The Saab 9-3X project team was led by the Head of Advanced Design, Anthony Lo. His task was to ensure that the unusual application of a coupe format did not conflict with the 'real world' requirements for such a vehicle. The Saab signature, wraparound windscreen: the high, wedge-shaped waistline and strong, curving C-pillar instantly identify the 9-3X's lineage. The disguised A-pillars, the clean, smooth lines and bold frontal styling are also characteristic of the 9X concept.

There is ample seating for four adults and the feeling of spaciousness is amplified by the twin glass panels that extend the entire length of the roof. The airy feel is complemented by the choice of pale green leather upholstery for the sports seating and interior trim, contrasting with the dark seat inserts and upper surfaces of the fascia and doors.

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