Saab 9-2x

To clear up any confusion right out of the gate, this model is actually badged as a 92X, but Saab time and again advertises it as the 9-2X. This automobile is assembled in Japan at the Ota-Gunma plant and is based on the Subaru Impreza platform. Humorously, this has earned the model the nickname Saabaru. Seemingly this was not a problem for Saab, given that rumor has it that a smaller car named the Saab 9-1 will come in 2009. Initial sales of the 9-2 were less than stellar with only 410 units being sold in the first two months. However, as many companies have been forced to do, incentives and promotions were offered, which did help drive up sales in the following months. This model was never intended to be seen in the European market; and further, the 9-2X was only planned as a limited release model in North America. Thus, selection was limited to a 4- door station wagon only. Due to the disbanding of the GM/Subaru partnership in 2005, the model was guaranteed to have a short life. Interestingly, sales were always sluggish, but performance of the vehicle itself was always quite strong. Nevertheless, production ended with the 2006 model year – there will be no 9-2X for 2007. It is quite questionable why the model was not better received given the appropriate price point of between $23,710 and $27,670. This is very reasonable for the under hood offerings, which included either a 2.5 L, flat, four-cylinder engine or a 2.5 L, turbocharged, flat, four-cylinder engine. The DOHC turbocharged 2.5 L engine pumped out 230 hp at 6000 RPM, 235 ft•lbs of torque at 3600 RPM. The naturally aspirated SOHC with variable valve timing 2.5 L engine provided for 173 hp at 6000 RPM, 166 ft•lbs of torque at 4400 RPM. The interior was adequately equipped and stylish to boot.