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by George Skentzos

Saab is putting the final touches on its 9-3X off-road wagon, conducting the final stages of winter prototype testing under the cover of darkness in Sweden.

With European buyers losing interest in the traditional SUV, models such as the Audi Allroad, Volvo XC70, Subaru Outback and Skoda Scout are quickly gaining momentum in the market with Saab keen to join in.

The Saab 9-3X wagon represents a more ‘mild’ SUV, featuring the brand’s XWD all-wheel-drive system, raised suspension and flared fenders.

2009 Saab 9-3X off-road wagon spied

This prototype was equipped with the 157kW petrol engine from the 2.0 XWD, although several diesel options are almost certain to join the range including a flagship 1.9-litre TTiD producing 134kW.

2009 Saab 9-3X off-road wagon spied

The official debut of the Saab 9-3X is slated for the 2009 Geneva motor show next month.




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