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2009 Car of the Week

Motor Mouth’s Car of the week: Saab 9-3X

Poor old Saab, in deeper water than most right now, have finally unveiled a model that has been in the planning for years.

With every motoring niche now seemingly filled to overflowing, carmakers are now creating new ones and the 9-3X is aimed at drivers wanting a decent all-rounder but without the image of the big butch SUVs.

It’s a slightly jacked-up version of the Swedish firm’s 9-3 XWD estate, and comes with all-wheel-drive on the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol version or front-wheel-drive on the 1.9 diesel.

Both are fast – 130mph-plus – and fuel efficient and they’ll be arriving here this summer. Bearing in mind the competition and the state of the market, it’s hard to imagine who’ll buy one.

MM verdict: Unlikely to cure Saab’s financial ills.

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