Saab Cars USA announced that the new Saab 9-2X models will go on sale in the U.S. and Canada June 1. With standard all-wheel-drive, powerful engines, and European design — as well as a versatile 5-door body style — it is a unique offering in a developing new niche in the car market: the premium sports compact segment, according to company press materialsPricing starts at $22,990 for the 9-2X Linear, equipped with a 165-hp 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. Standard equipment includes 16-inch alloy wheels with 205/55 R16 all-season tires, AM/FM/CD stereo system, climate control system, cruise control, tilt-adjustable steering column, power door locks with remote keyless entry, power windows, power-adjustable exterior mirrors, and rear window wiper/washer.The 9-2X Aero model, with its 227-hp turbocharged and intercooled 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, is priced at $26,950. In addition to the equipment on the 9-2X Linear, the Aero model has larger front brake discs, hood-mounted intercooler air intake, front fog lamps, unique light alloy wheels, automatic climate control system, 6-disc in-dash CD changer, metallic-rimmed instrument dials, sport textile upholstery, leather wrapped sport steering wheel, shifter knob, and handbrake handle.Both Linear and Aero models come with a 5-speed manual transmission or an optional 4-speed automatic transmission. Available option packages include leather trim and upholstery, power sunroof, xenon headlights, heated seats, and more.