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Spy shots: 2010 Saab 9-4X up close

Saab is close to completing development work on a new midsized crossover based around GM's Theta platform and expected to be revealed for the first time in production late this year for sale in early 2010. To spread development costs, most of the 9-4X's design has been shared with the 2010 Cadillac SRX and both vehicles are tipped to be manufactured at a plant in Ramos, Mexico. The 9-4X will be similar in size to BMW's X5 but pricing should be closer to that of the X3 and Volvo XC60 – two of the Saab crossover's prime targets.

According to previous reports, the 9-4X will run a 284hp (209kW) petrol V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. It will also get 18in alloys shod with 255mm tires and a Haldex-sourced AWD system with an electronic differential. For European markets GM is also expected to offer a new diesel mill it co-developed with VM Motori that outputs 250hp (184kW) and 550Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque.

These latest spy shots show an almost undisguised 9-4X prototype with the only some black tape and fake lights distinguishing it from the production version.

While development work on the 9-4X appears to be almost complete, Saab will be introducing two models before the arrival of the new crossover - the smaller 9-3X crossover and the all-important 2010 9-5.

[source:Motorauthority.com]

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Awesome. Saab remains my favorite brand in the US. Too bad they are routinely ignored and starved of product.

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Too bad they are routinely ignored and starved of product.

Today's saracsm-filled sentence from ZL-1: but remember what Lutz said about there being an emotional attachment to the brand....

GM's actions since they bought SAAB show how much of an attachment there really was... :rolleyes:

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Today's saracsm-filled sentence from ZL-1: but remember what Lutz said about there being an emotional attachment to the brand....

GM's actions since they bought SAAB show how much of an attachment there really was... :rolleyes:

No one has a bigger attachment to Saab, than CPF ...

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This is really bland, not impressed. :(

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exterior turned out pretty good. interior is seemingly awash in typical GM cost cutting cheapness. GM needs to learn how to make nice looking plastic. dash is overdone. but not to the point of cladded era pontiac cheapness, so this may be ok. No one will pass up an Audi for this (or a VW for that matter...LOL).

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The best TE execution.
:yes: by far!

No one has a bigger attachment to Saab, than CPF ...
I was just pointing out the hypocrisy about SAAB: "we love you but we'll starve you"... doesn't make much sense... Edited by ZL-1
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That actually looks very cool! The interior looks great too, except for that recessed screen, which I'm assuming will be replaced with something flush for the production model.

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WTF is the big deal with this?

It looks straight out of 1995 and I'm sure it'll sell that way too.

I can't believe that everyone thinks this is so great. I guess the import lovers among us have been conditioned to love BLAND (SAFE). Since that's what most of them are and what this is.

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No, FOG. Sorry, but I disagree. On a car coming from a Nordic brand simplicity and practicality are key as simplicity and practicality are THE hallmarks of Nordic design. Also, the car is white (a colour that hides body surfacing details very well) and is still missing headlamps and taillamps.

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WTF is the big deal with this?

It looks straight out of 1995 and I'm sure it'll sell that way too.

I can't believe that everyone thinks this is so great. I guess the import lovers among us have been conditioned to love BLAND (SAFE). Since that's what most of them are and what this is.

FOG which puts most of us at C&G in the category of import lovers since most of us here call the new Ford Taurus good looking while some "industry experts" say it is bland too.

The Saab does not look frumpy and trying to pretend too much like the Cadillac SRX, nor it is just a step up from the old like the Equinox. Therefore it is a better TE execution. That does not mean Saab is a fabulous looker, but it also does not mean it is a bland mobile either.

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All I'm saying is; why can't the thing express SOMETHING?

The hallmark of great and memorable cars is DESIGN.

I wish Saab the best with this and I think it is attractive, but it's not phenominal.

(And BTW, the Taurus is a little bland, especially the SHO)

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No, FOG. Sorry, but I disagree. On a car coming from a Nordic brand simplicity and practicality are key as simplicity and practicality are THE hallmarks of Nordic design. Also, the car is white (a colour that hides body surfacing details very well) and is still missing headlamps and taillamps.

I agree with you ...

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No, FOG. Sorry, but I disagree. On a car coming from a Nordic brand simplicity and practicality are key as simplicity and practicality are THE hallmarks of Nordic design. Also, the car is white (a colour that hides body surfacing details very well) and is still missing headlamps and taillamps.

I agree. This design is appropriate for Saab. Sometimes a simple design with well executed details is far more attractive than polarizing edgier designs. There are some classic Lincolns from the 50's and 60's that had appropriately elegant and understated designs that are considered prime examples of good taste and refined design. Conversely, the 2010 Mazda3 is a simple design saddled with jarringly bizarre design elements that essentially render the entire car an unattractive and unappealing mess; the car's overall design begs for refined front/rear treatments. As the 2004-2009 Mazda3 proved: "sporty" doesn't necessarily need to equal "over-the-top, in-your-face" hideousness.

I don't think the 9-4X is any better or worse than its Cadillac SRX platform mate. I think both designs are attractive and appropriate for the images of their respective brands. Both vehicles are great examples of effective platform sharing and tailoring a vehicle to properly represent a brand.

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Saab, the Nordic expression of car design ...

Now if they could just figure out how to put all the Saab parts in a box so you could build it yourself, just like you do at IKEA, I would be in Swedish heaven ...

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Saab, the Nordic expression of car design ...

Now if they could just figure out how to put all the Saab parts in a box so you could build it yourself, just like you do at IKEA, I would be in Swedish heaven ...

Not when after 2 hours your chairs have 3 legs and you're missing 9 or 10 bolts :rotflmao:

SAAB using that "Nordic expression of design" idea together with it becoming sort of an automobile industry Apple are interesting thoughts.

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All I'm saying is; why can't the thing express SOMETHING?

The hallmark of great and memorable cars is DESIGN.

I wish Saab the best with this and I think it is attractive, but it's not phenominal.

(And BTW, the Taurus is a little bland, especially the SHO)

wow. 350hp awd is bland.............

you know. most car designs are bland. but that is why they sell.

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Saab, the Nordic expression of car design ...

Now if they could just figure out how to put all the Saab parts in a box so you could build it yourself, just like you do at IKEA, I would be in Swedish heaven ...

would you include any possibility of extra legroom in the back of the 9-3?

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Wow, look at all the people who say the design is nice, but trash the 08 Vue (although save for the headlights and taillights, front and rear bumpers, looks almost identical to this). The profile, the rocker mouldings, the hood lines, everything is shared with the vue.

Anyways, that being said, I like it. I think the frontend looks very Saab, and I quite like the interior layout as well. I have no gripes about the interior quality since I, nor anyone else, has actually sat in one yet.

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Wow, look at all the people who say the design is nice, but trash the 08 Vue (although save for the headlights and taillights, front and rear bumpers, looks almost identical to this). The profile, the rocker mouldings, the hood lines, everything is shared with the vue.

Anyways, that being said, I like it. I think the frontend looks very Saab, and I quite like the interior layout as well. I have no gripes about the interior quality since I, nor anyone else, has actually sat in one yet.

Personally, I think the SRX's roofline shows more of a family resemblance to the Antara/Vue and Captiva than this. This is, to me, the better differentiated of the Theta/Theta-Epsilon bunch.

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