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SAAB 9-4X TO BOW BY YEAR’S END

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SAAB 9-4X TO BOW BY YEAR’S END

By Drew Johnson

We haven’t heard much about the Saab 9-4x compact crossover since early 2009, but Saab’s new owner – Spyker – apparently has the project back on the production path.

Saab quietly announced in a press release detailing its new advertising campaign that the 9-4x will finally make its production debut later this year. No specific launch date was given, but the Los Angeles Auto Show seems logical given the vehicle’s U.S.-market focus.

Saab CEO Mike Colleran recently told Leftlane that the 9-4x will go in sale in April of 2011 – but now we know that the crossover will debut much earlier.

The 9-4x was originally slated to receive General Motors’ 250 horsepower clean diesel, but that mill now seems like a long shot, especially given Saab’s recent divorce from GM. Instead, look for the base model 9-4x to come with a version of Saab’s 2.0T engine, with the range-topping Aero model using the same 300 horsepower 2.8-liter turbocharged V6 used in the Cadillac SRX.

A few Saab 9-4x models have reportedly already rolled out of GM’s Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, plant, so it’s possible we could see the 9-4x in dealer showrooms before the calendar flips.

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http://www.leftlanenews.com/saab-9-4x-to-bow-by-years-end.html

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This, not the 9-5 even as good as it is, will be Saab's savior.

In the US. Here in Europe it will be about sedans and wagons.

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Saab Confirms 9-4X Crossover For Production, Unveiling 'Later This Year'

By Nelson Ireson

Editor

June 29th, 2010

We've heard reports that the Saab 9-4X would be headed to production before--even that it was already in limited production, but this time the word comes straight from Saab. The news is part of Saab's ongoing "Move Your Mind" ad campaign, but details on the crossover remain scant.

While the concept car featured a "Bio Power" turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine tuned for E85 use and rated at 300 horsepower, we expect the production model to end up with something more like the 265-horsepower 3.0-liter gasoline-fed V-6 engine found in the SRX. Whatever the powerplant, it'll likely be paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox. A Haldex-sourced all-wheel drive system will be an available upgrade.

The 9-4X was developed to share the all-new Cadillac SRX's platform, and production could still take place under contract at GM's Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico, where the SRX is built.

There's no hard date for the unveiling, but in its press release, Saab says the 9-4X is coming "later this year." That implies a late-2010 production start with early 2011 availability, to be sold as a 2011 model.

link:

http://www.motorauthority.com/blog/1046640_saab-confirms-9-4x-crossover-for-production-unveiling-later-this-year

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In the US. Here in Europe it will be about sedans and wagons.

Agreed, however, the new 9-3 won't be here soon enough for Saab to survive without sales from this 9-4x.

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well, it's not like the company that developed it went through a bankruptcy and then sold the design to an upstart company with very little money...... or did they?

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When I originally read the thread title, I thought it said "SAAB 9-4X TO BLOW BY YEAR'S END".

I guess it was a Freudian mental slip considering how much I dislike Crossovers... ;-)

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Agreed, however, the new 9-3 won't be here soon enough for Saab to survive without sales from this 9-4x.

Yes, the turnaround is dependent on the 9-3; 9-4X and the 9-5 will help plug part of the cash flow hole.

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well, it's not like the company that developed it went through a bankruptcy and then sold the design to an upstart company with very little money...... or did they?

that merely added insult to injury.

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It was originally supposed to start production along side the SRX last year. I'd imagine the sale of the design to Saab-Spyker muddled up the timeline a bit.

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