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31 August 2010

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.

Hilton Holloway

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andrepaul999 1 September 2010

Re: New Saab 9-4X confirmed

Old Toad wrote:
Yes I admire enthusiasm but I wont be rushing to the nearest Saab dealer anytime soon . I suspect I am not alone on this .

No you are not alone, and unless Saab come up with something very special very soon there wont be any dealers to visit!

supermanuel 1 September 2010

Re: New Saab 9-4X confirmed

Old Toad wrote:
Yes I admire enthusiasm but I wont be rushing to the nearest Saab dealer anytime soon

This has nothing to do with enthusiasm. One of the obvious ways to increase sales is to offer more products. The fact that the product in question was developed prior to the sale of SAAB to Spyker means that it would be pretty stupid not to offer it to the market that it was intended for.

Old Toad 1 September 2010

Re: New Saab 9-4X confirmed

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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