Saab’s new 9-4X crossover has leaked on to the internet ahead of its Los Angeles motor show reveal in November.
The pictures, taken from Saab's United blog site, reveal a pre-production model with few styling changes over the original concept of the same name from 2008.
The 9-4X is a crucial car for Saab, particularly in North America where the crossover segment is booming.
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.
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.
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.