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2005 Saab 9-7 Full-Size Sport Utility Vehicle

New Car Review of the 2005 Saab 9-7 Full-Size Sport Utility Vehicle

Description: Full-Size Sport Utility Vehicle
Base MSRP Range: not available
Invoice Price Range: not available
Where built: USA

The class of 2005 from Saab culminates with the roll-out of a big truck-based SUV. It's a mid-size wagon with seats for five, two trim and powertrain choices and standard AWD traction.

The foundation for Saab's SUV is the GM platform that also underpins Chevrolet's TrailBlazer and GMC's Envoy wagons, although Saab applies its distinctive design traits and luxurious cabin appointments.

A smooth aerodynamic package projects Saab's familiar three-port grille up front on a shapely hood followed by a big cabin that culminates with rear windows which seem to wrap around the rear roof pillars.

Inside, the plush cab sets two bucket seats in front of a bench for three that splits and folds, with a generous cargo bay in back. Standard powertrain for 9-7x Linear is a 4.2-liter V6 which delivers 275-hp with a GM Hydra-Matic 4-speed automatic transmission. The 9-7x Arc shows more muscle from a 5.3-liter V8 spiked to 300-hp.

The wagon employs a smart AWD system that distributes engine torque between front and rear wheels. Also on-board is a standard limited-slip differential at the rear, self-leveling rear air suspension and vented disc brakes with four-wheel ABS.