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Motor Authority: Saab 9-4X crossover on track for early 2010 launch

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Saab’s split from General Motors and pending sale to supercar company Koenigsegg will apparently have no major affect on the Swedish automaker’s future model launches, such as that of the upcoming 9-4X crossover. The new crossover will share much in common with the recently-revealed Cadillac SRX and is to be manufactured by GM at the same Ramos Arizpe facility in Mexico as the Cadillac later this year. This close association and GM’s precarious financial state had many worried that the 9-4X could be delayed, but according to GM's executive director of product and marketing for Cadillac, Hummer and Saab, Steve Shannon, the new model will be launched next year as a 2011 model.

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Cool. This will finally bury the laughable 9-7X and give Saab a real offering in this competitive class.

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because of the commonality of parts [and trim] and the poor level of distinction in tuning [via engine and suspension], these cars end up being basically the same vehicle in the same segment offering the same thing, for the same price. that's why the buick theta epsilon would be a bad idea. why is gm going to waste money on creating essentially the same vehicle, aren't there other burgeoning and exciting vehicle segments to enter into that they don't have reach in? it will be interesting to see how far differentiated the saab is, but my expectations are for the same engine lineup, the same radio head units and basic interior design, the same door panels, the same driving experience as the Cadillac SRX. Then the Buick will be what? this shows the vestiges of what GM used to be. Hopefully they completely rid the corporation of this kind of thinking, and instead work hard to efficiently compete in different segments that further strengthen the values of each brand, and can be styled and engineered to extraordinarly levels in each segment. most significantly, without duplicating the same vehicle in the same segment across the different brands [of course with options and trim levels there will be overlap, but the underlying vehicle should be going after consumers with different mindsets and expectations]. that was the problem GM had with so many brands, simply too much work to do, too focused to get....GM was never focused enough. this will surely be an srx copy. with saab design dna there will be novelty to the concept, since it's a saab it'll be good looking, but the concept will be roughly the same and the initial excitement will wear once we recognize there's nothing but tedious repition. GM failed because with all the brands and all the models it had, it could never produce excitement over all the models in a new and interesting way like a car design should produce.

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i'm excited for this. it should be nice though. plus it's a saab which means it'll be totally modern and have great design sense, I can already see it being the best looking of this bunch. this class, the 30-40k class of crossovers...is easily already the new family sedan for aflluent families. gas mileage improvements, more luxurious equipment/tech, and better drives, these are great replacements for sedan. then all you need are the crossover and the sports car [and then the roadster, and then you can rent a pickup for the ten times a year you need one]. competition is stiff. xc-70, q5, RX all have good things to offer, and the GLK is sweet, while the BMW is a traditional choice.

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Apparently it will be offered with the 3.0L as the base engine. Too bad, I'd rather see the DI turbo four as the base engine with the turbo 2.8L as the Aero engine.

And let's not even mention GM's stupid decision to not offer the VM 2.9L diesel engine. Hopefully SAAB will be able to source it and install it anyway as this thing needs a diesel option other than the TTiD engine.

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dull styling won't help its cause neither will the exhorbitant msrp

I wouldn't worry on the styling front: SAABs are not supposed to be flashy. As for MSRP, SAAB doesn't have the image needed to sell this at Audi Q5 prices, but it won't have to sell it at Equinox prices eiher. Perhaps priced parallel to SRX prices, probably a little bit lower.

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Apparently it will be offered with the 3.0L as the base engine. Too bad, I'd rather see the DI turbo four as the base engine with the turbo 2.8L as the Aero engine.

And let's not even mention GM's stupid decision to not offer the VM 2.9L diesel engine. Hopefully SAAB will be able to source it and install it anyway as this thing needs a diesel option other than the TTiD engine.

the 2.0 DI turbo starting at around 29k would be a big deal. targeting acura's old stomping grounds and splitting the middle between lowline premium, VW, and highline premium, audi. those are the consumers saab should go after. they value high end and simple timeless design. along with aspirational character and value [exclusivism].

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