The Saab 9-2X — a new, all-wheel-drive, five-door model will be unveiled at a special event in Los Angeles in mid-December in conjunction with the Los Angeles Auto Show. The new, Saab 9-2X continues Saab's product offensive by taking the Swedish manufacturer into a new market segment. Positioned below the 9-3 Sport Sedan in size and price, the 9-2X is the first production Saab to have all-wheel drive and will offer excellent driving dynamics, in addition to turbo performance and hatchback practicality. Two versions will be available, both with five-door body styles and all-wheel-drive as standard. The entry level Saab 9-2X Linear will be powered by a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and the high-performance Aero model will feature a 227 bhp, 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Leveraging the global resources of the GM Group, Saab Automobile AB is collaborating with Fuji Heavy Industries to create the Saab 9-2X model in cooperation with Subaru, Fuji’s automotive division. The Saab 9-2X is scheduled to go on sale early next summer in the USA and Canada, with other markets still under consideration. General Motors owns Saab Automobile AB and holds a 20 percent stake in Fuji Heavy Industries and the Saab 9-2X program allows both companies to reach their goals by jointly leveraging the global resources of the GM Group. The new Saab 9-2X will be produced in Fuji Heavy Industries’ facilities in Japan, beginning in the spring of 2004.

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