Iâ€™m not really a big fan of political correctness, in fact the idea of following societies â€œsheepâ€ doesnâ€™t appeal to me at all. It seems to be the season for bashing big cars, with fuel prices and â€œthe environmentâ€ being the major reasons cited by "the sheep" but Iâ€™ve never really bought into that hoo-hah and it would seem that the average Aussie hasn't either.
The swing towards small cars seems to be slowing rapidly, with Julyâ€™s figures showing large car sales looking increasingly healthy while the little fellas are coming off the boil somewhat. We will look at that in more detail later this week but you can see the point Iâ€™m making â€“ big is back, at least for a little while.
Itâ€™s also fashionable to take a swipe at the SUVâ€™s on the roads but thatâ€™s just as boring and predictably sheep like. If you donâ€™t mind paying for the petrol or diesel then why should someone else have an issue with you driving a bigger car than themâ€¦really?
Which brings me to this little â€“ better make that LARGE gem from SAAB. In the spirit of bigness SAAB have decided to launch an Aero version of their mid-size 9-7X and they have created a bit of a monster by stuffing a 6.0-litre LS2 Chev V8 between the front strut towers! Tim the Tool man would be grunting about now and we donâ€™t blame him.
The LS2 equipped 9-7X Aero punches out 295Kw and 542Nm and accelerates from 0-100km/h in under six secondsâ€¦ Australians are familiar with LS2 small-block Chev V8 as it is the chosen power-plant for the current HSV range of Commodore based performance sedans.
â€œThe 9-7X Aero is one great SUV to pilot. We are excited to offer enthusiastic drivers an increased level of performance with the Aero, a symbol of Saab performance, in the midsize SUV segmentâ€, commented a SAAB spokesperson
The 9-7X Aero gets all of the good stuff, including a full-time four wheel drive system with Torsen centre differential, 20inch alloy rims, ABS and StabiliTrak electronic stability control system. Interior embellishments include â€œAeroâ€ embroidered leather seats and embossed floor mats.
If you live in North America, you can buy this serious X5 and Cayenne challenger for a meager $UD45,690. Unfortunately the 9-7X series is one SAAB range that Australia isnâ€™t likely to see anytime soon, which is a real shame as there is no doubting that it would have â€œgot the goatâ€ of an assortment of do-gooders and activists.
You can check out the full press release by clicking on the link - SAAB 9-7X Aero press release
Source: SAAB North America