Competitive pricing has never been more topical, and the good news for Saab customers is the much-awaited new 9-3X has stormed the crossover sector with an entry price of just £24,995 for the 1.9TTiD model.

The newcomer, revealed at the Geneva Motorshow earlier this year to rave reviews will arrive at Saab dealers in August 2009.

The 9-3X is available with a choice of two engines: the punchy 1.9TTiD diesel engine produces 180PS and 400Nm of torque, or the 2.0-litre petrol turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 210hp, with the additional benefit of Saab’s technically advanced Cross Wheel Drive system (XWD). This model costs from £25,995.

Saab’s bold, dynamic design language is visible throughout the 9-3X, as well as a host of technology that provides more safety and improved dynamics for drivers including ESP and ABS, with cross wheel drive (XWD) available on the 2.0T engine.

All models also come with high levels of equipment, including leather & textile sport seats, heated front seats, cruise control, 9-speaker audio system with MP3 compatibility, sport leather steering wheel, dual-zone electronic climate control, car computer, matt chrome roofrails and 17″ alloy wheels.

The 9-3X will also spearhead Saab’s campaign in the SAAB Salomon Trail Running Series 2009, which kicks off on May 15th at the Keswick Mountain Festival.

A full list of prices follows below:

1.9TTiD Diesel Manual: £24,995.00
1.9TTiD Diesel Auto: £26,366.28
2.0T XWD Petrol Manual: £25,995.00
2.0T XWD Petrol Auto: £27,506.28