Saab releases first look at 9-7X sport utility The Saab 9-7X, the brand's first SUV, will go into production in the first quarter of 2005. It will be based on General Motors' new mid-sized SUV platform and built at the company's Moraine, Ohio, assembly plant. The 9-7X will come standard with a sophisticated 4.2-liter inline six-cylinder engine and offer a 5.3-liter V-8. The SUV will have its own exterior design and interior trim in addition to significant chassis refinements, said Saab product spokesman Kevin Smith earlier this year. "It will have very different handling, with excellent braking and performance," he said. "It will be significantly different than the GMC Envoy, Chevrolet TrailBlazer or Oldsmobile Bravada." Smith said sales likely would be between 5,000 and 15,000 units annually. "It is too early to divulge volume, but it would be nothing near 25 percent of our sales," he said.