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Saab 2005 Model Year Highlights [saabnet.com]
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Saab 2005 Model Year Highlights

DETROIT-Two all-new product lines - the 9-2X all-wheel-drive premium sport
compact and 9-7X all-wheel-drive midsize SUV - join Saab's product portfolio
in 2005. The new vehicles complement the 9-3 Sport Sedan and Convertible and
the 9-5 sedan and SportWagon to comprise the broadest, most diverse lineup in
Saab's history.

The last several years have seen an unprecedented level of product
development, starting with the redesigned 9-5 in 2002, the all-new 9-3 Sport
Sedan in 2003 and the 9-3 Convertible in 2004. Forging in to markets
previously untapped by Saab, the 9-2X and 9-7X bring the brand's heritage,
premium appointments and Scandinavian flair to entirely new audiences.

The 9-2X, available with two four-cylinder engines - including a
227-horsepower turbocharged version - is designed for drivers who appreciate
the performance and driving dynamics of sport compact vehicles, but demand a
high level of luxury and convenience.

With the 9-7X, Saab enters the growing mid-luxury SUV market with a
responsive, sophisticated package of capability and performance. Available
with an inline-six-cylinder or V-8 engine, all models come with an automatic
all-wheel-drive system.

'Both the 9-2X and 9-7X represent the continually expanding dimensions to our
product offerings,' said Peter Augustsson, Saab's President and CEO. 'Each
has a unique personality and capabilities, but like the 9-5 and 9-3, they are
fundamentally enthusiast vehicles - they are for people who like to drive.'

Saab 9-2X

The 9-2X is available in two models: the 9-2X Linear, with a responsive,
165-hp 2.5L four-cylinder engine, and the high-performance 9-2X Aero, with a
227-horsepower turbocharged and intercooled 2.0L engine.

For many customers, the Saab 9-2X will be their first premium brand vehicle,
as prices start below $23,000. Customer surveys show that up to 40 percent of
Americans are looking for all-wheel drive in their next vehicle - it's a
standard feature with the 9-2X. As customers would expect from Saab, the 9-2X
features excellent driving dynamics plus the versatility of its five-door
hatchback body style.

Saab 9-3

All Saab 9-3 models for 2005 are equipped with a four-cylinder, turbocharged
engine that - depending on the application - delivers 175 horsepower or 210
horsepower. Putting that power to the pavement is a five-speed manual
transmission or a five-speed automatic with Saab Sentronic manual shift
capability.

All-new in 2004, the popular 9-3 Convertible expands its lineup for '05 with
three models: a new, lower-priced, 175-hp Linear joining the 210-hp Arc and
Aero. Saab engineers developed the architecture for the 9-3 Convertible and
Sport Sedan concurrently, enabling them to incorporate their demanding
requirements for an open-top car from the very start. The result is a premium
convertible with a level of structural integrity, build quality and running
refinement that positions it at the top of its class.

Linear models for both the Sport Sedan and Convertible receive 16-inch wheels
as standard in 2005, along with metallic trim rings in the instrument
cluster, similar to Arc and Aero models. A new hands-free phone preparation
kit is available for all 9-3 models, along with several new exterior colors.
The 9-3 Arc includes an optional 'Driver's Package,- that includes an
impressive amount of equipment for a reasonable price, including genuine red
walnut trim (Sport Sedan) or poplar wood (Convertible), in-dash 6-disc CD
changer, Saab Rear Park Assist, rain-sensing wipers and more.

A new, integrated navigation system, utilizing GPS and DVD mapping with voice
guidance and easy-to-read symbols in the Saab Information Display (SID), is
available in Arc and Aero models. An auxiliary input jack has been added as
standard equipment in the center console of Arc and Aero to allow playback of
an MP3 player through the car's speaker system. Aero's 17-inch light-alloy
wheels are now mounted with all-season tires.

Saab 9-5

Saab 9-5 model designations, or 'forms,' continue to give customers three
distinct vehicle personalities from which to choose: Linear SportWagon, Arc
sedan and SportWagon, and Aero sedan and SportWagon. Each form is matched
with unique interior trim, upholstery, wheel package and powertrain. Arc and
Aero models now offer an optional new DVD-based navigation system with a
trunk-mounted six-CD changer, audio equalizer and MP3 compatibility. Other
changes include a stylish new 16-inch, 18-spoke wheel design for Arc models
and a freshened palette of exterior colors, including Parchment Silver, Smoke
Beige and Chili Red, for all 9-5 models. For a sportier look, the 9-5
SportWagon now features a smooth roof without roof rails, which become
optional.

The all-turbo powertain includes a choice of three 2.3L turbocharged and
intercooled engines and a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic
transmission incorporating Saab Sentronic manual gear selection. Arc and Aero
models with Sentronic include steering-wheel-mounted paddle shift capability.

Linear features a 185-hp light-pressure turbo, Arc is powered by a 220-hp
full-pressure turbo, and the high-performance Aero receives the 2.3L
High-Output Turbo (HOT) engine, rated at 250 horsepower. The standard 17-inch
wheels on Aero and the 17-inch wheel package for Arc now include all-season
tires. Saab Rear Park Assist is now standard on Aero models.

Optional OnStar telematics is now digital capable, and provides access to an
added service for 2005. OnStar has partnered with Verizon wireless so that
Saab owners who use Verizon service are now able to forward calls between
their handheld phone and their OnStar integrated phone.

Saab 9-7X

The new 9-7X, with automatic all-wheel drive, brings unique Saab
characteristics to the burgeoning mid-luxury SUV segment, including:
sophisticated exterior and interior styling, premium design features and
quality, a chassis tuned to deliver sporty and fun-to-drive performance and a
Saab-designed cabin environment that includes an ignition cylinder in the
center console area between the front seats. Developed from the award-winning
General Motors GMT360 architecture, the 9-7X is scheduled to go on sale in
spring, 2005.

The Saab 9-7X will be positioned in the $37,000- to $45,000-price bracket,
with the I-6-powered 9-7X Linear leading the lineup. The 9-7X Arc, with its
5.3L V-8 delivering an estimated 300 horsepower, is aimed at premium SUV
customers who demand uncompromising performance. Standard equipment for both
models includes leather-trimmed heated seats, 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels,
all-wheel drive and a state-of-the-art sound system.
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