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.
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.
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.