First official pics and details of Saab's new 9-4X crossover SUV
18 November 2010

This is the new Saab 9-4X, a model crucial to the firm’s continued recovery under new owner Spyker.

The 9-4X will give Saab a much-needed presence in the US’s booming crossover SUV segment. The new model is a sister car to the Cadillac SRX, sharing a platform and GM’s Mexican production facility, and has made its debut at today’s Los Angeles motor show.

See the official pics of the new Saab 9-4X - now updated with LA show pics

Saab is pitching it as “a fresh, alternative choice for independently minded crossover buyers” and is the firm’s “next-step in its renaissance as an independent car manufacturer”.

Its design remains truthful to the concept car of the same name first seen at the 2008 Detroit motor show. Sitting between the 9-3X jacked-up estate and 9-5 saloon, the 9-4X gets several of Saab’s signature design cues including the firm’s front grille and headlight design, wraparound windscreen and gently-sloping roof line.

Two direct-injection V6 petrol engines are offered from launch, a 261bhp 3.0-litre or a 296bhp 2.8-litre. The latter gets twin-turbocharging, while both units are mated to six-speed automatic gearboxes. The 2.8 unit is the only one available to UK buyers from launch, however. A diesel engine is likely to follow, but hasn’t been confirmed.

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Dynamic features include Saab’s advanced XWD all-wheel drive system and DriveSense adaptive chassis control. The 9-4X is based on a new platform called Theta Premium that mixes components from GM’s Theta and Epsilon 2 platforms.

Saab CEO Jan Ake Jonsson said the 9-4X “significantly broadened the appeal of the Saab brand”. He added that the new car would help “win new customers for the bramd”.

It will reach North American showrooms from May 2011, with UK sales starting from late 2011. Prices have yet to be revealed.

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18 October 2010

I like it; it's more squat than rivals with nice simple lines. They need to sort a diesel engine out pronto, though.

18 October 2010

I like the look of it, just one question, whats the point of the 3.0 engine? less power and probably higher emissions than the other 2.8 engine? who thought that up?

18 October 2010

It's heavy at 4,431 lbs and actually a bit of a drinker..... shame.

18 October 2010

I agree with the others... buyers will be put off by the sheer thirst of the thing unless they get a Diesel out for launch or VERY shortly after... and it'll need to be a good, economical diesel. It's a great looking car too, so it'd be a shame if it didn't sell because of the lack of diesel.

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18 October 2010

The interior is lovely. Makes a change from the coffin-black interiors that Audi, VW and BMW seem obsessed with.

18 October 2010

if there was ever a car that needed a diesel engine its this one

shame

19 October 2010

Wow that is very nice indeed . It looks very stylish and tidy no silly fussy design . Its classy looking too and the interier is very nice . Saab should get a diesel soon get it into this get it sorted for right hand drive and sell it in Europe they could do well with this .

19 October 2010

This car is really a GM product, much more than the 9-5, because it's even built in a GM plant (in mexico?). Nothing bad with that, the Cadillac SRX is probably pretty OK.

It's also a car for the US market, hence no diesel at launch.

Good looking though.

19 October 2010

Good-looking car, hope they do well with it. Has much more presence than the 9-5.

The six-lug wheels are interesting, gives away how big and heavy it really is! Guess it is aimed at the US, but still that's a solid car if it needs six lugs...

19 October 2010

I like this alot and would be very interested at the right price. But surely to work in the UK / Europe it has to come with the new 180bhp Twin Turbo diesel in XWD form - get onto this SAAB as this could be a winner, if economical (well 45mpg ish).

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