Saab has added a 4x4 version of its 9-3 to its product line-up, mirroring fellow Swedish brand Volvo with its XC70.
The 9-3X estate uses Saab’s Cross Wheel Drive system (XWD) and is available with either a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol or 1.9 TTiD diesel engine.
The XWD technology continuously distributes engine drive torque between the front and rear axles as required for optimum stability and traction in different conditions.
The 9-3X has a TwinFloor stowage facility which hinges upwards transversely from the middle section of the floor to stow luggage.
There is also a 12-volt power socket in the main load area (for a hot or cool box) and a separate storage compartment at either side of the floor, one fitted with a moulded holder for large bottles.
The new model is aimed at customers that have an outdoor lifestyle but don’t want a large crossover vehicle.
Prices and an on sale date are yet to be confirmed but the 9-3X will debut at the Geneva Motor Show from March 3.