New Saab off-roader will be unveiled at the LA motor show in November

Saab is to unveil its 9-4X crossover at the Los Angeles motor show in mid-November.

The second all-new model to be launched under Spyker ownership, the 9-4X is of particular importance to Saab in the United States, where the crossover market is booming.

See official pics of the Saab 9-4X concept car

Saab has long been hampered by its lack of a mid-size 4x4 in one of the world’s largest markets. The 9-4X is the sister car to Cadillac’s new SRX and will be built in the same General Motors factory in Mexico. It’s based on a new platform called Theta Premium that mixes components from GM’s Theta and Epsilon 2 platforms.

Despite the chassis’ GM origins, Saab engineers have apparently been heavily involved in the car’s final tuning. Saab sources say that as well as getting its own exterior styling, the 9-4X also has a unique interior, with a dashboard design that’s very close to the new 9-5’s.

Read Autocar's full road test of the new Saab 9-5

It’s expected to go on sale in the US in the spring and in the UK late next year. However, the 9-4X will be of less importance to Saab’s European sales, since the car will probably be available only with the 2.8-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine.

Saab insiders say the company is “working on a diesel solution”, but the hunt for an oil-burner may not prove straightforward.

Diesel engines will have to be sourced for the Mexican factory, and Saab engineers will probably have to execute the conversion because Cadillac is unlikely to want the powerplant in the SRX.

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31 August 2010

Saab seem destined to go the way of Rover very sad .

31 August 2010

Dont worry Saab at least it will have a decent engine

DOOHHH!

31 August 2010

Well, there's little point in selling this car over here until they get an economical engine, so I can understand why it's delayed. However, as this is a growing segment, the competition is going to be even tougher in 2012 than it is now! The 9-4X will have to be VERY good indeed if it's to have a chance of surviving.

31 August 2010

At least it looks pretty good, much better than the over-stlyed RR Evoque anyway.

31 August 2010

[quote Alex83]At least it looks pretty good[/quote]

It does, and early reviews suggest it handles and rides well above par for the class. Teh engine will be a serious handicap in Europe no doubt, but this car was always the USA cash-cow to help fund the replacement of the 9-3 and possible new mini contender 9-2.

1 September 2010

I saw this design long ago, before SAAB's impending doom.

I am surprised that they didn't do much to improve and update the appearance this whole time. I hope they will, however the styling is not bad.

I like the bottle green glass-like trim on the dash.

1 September 2010

[quote Old Toad]Saab seem destined to go the way of Rover very sad .[/quote]

Agreed. Calling this a SAAB is like when Rover called the Honda Civic a Rover.

...the band was playing Dixie: double-four time...

1 September 2010

[quote cimardinius]

[quote Old Toad]Saab seem destined to go the way of Rover very sad .[/quote]

Agreed. Calling this a SAAB is like when Rover called the Honda Civic a Rover

[/quote]

I disagree, Rover was owned by a bunch of fat brummies whose sole intention was to get rich. Still can't believe they prioritised a V8 supercar, V8 rwd 75/ZT and the cityrover over a replacement for the 45/ZS. Glad they did though in a way as I love the mad V8s.

Saab however, have Victor Muller - an enthusiast - in charge. They also have more modern platforms. And no, it isn't quite like Rover/honda as Saab actually alter the donor platforms to an extent that they have their own IP.

1 September 2010

[quote PRODIGY]Saab however, have Victor Muller - an enthusiast - in charge. They also have more modern platforms. And no, it isn't quite like Rover/honda as Saab actually alter the donor platforms to an extent that they have their own IP. [/quote]

I agree.

No surprise to see the usual suspects gibbering on in another SAAB thread about how crap they are and how obvious it is that they will fail. I just don't understand what they get out of it? People are strange....

This car is not expected (or intended) to be a great success in Europe or UK. It's primary purpose, as others have already stated, is to raise money for important new models by providing a much needed product in the NA market, where it will be moderately competitive.

It is infinitely more SAAB than the horrors that were the 9-2X and 9-7X. I hope it does sell well in NA so they can raise enough capital to develop a new small car.

1 September 2010

Prodigy , Supermanuel ,

I really hope you are both proven correct and I am wrong . However you cant survive with low mediocre car sales . Yes I admire enthusiasm but I wont be rushing to the nearest Saab dealer anytime soon . I suspect I am not alone on this .

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