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Saab Sticking With Engine Lineup On 9-4X


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Saab Sticking With Engine Lineup On 9-4X

William Maley - Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com

March 29, 2011

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Saab's upcoming 9-4X crossover will not follow the same path as the Cadillac SRX. Outgoing Saab CEO, Jan Ake Jonsson said in a interview the 9-4X will not offer the 3.6 V6 as the only engine choice for the 9-4X.

"No, we will have both engines. GM is going to put a 3.6-litre V6 into the SRX to replace the 2.8-litre turbo V6. We have the option to take that engine too but we haven’t yet decided if we want to do that. So just as we have said previously, we will launch the 9-4X with two V6 engines: a 3.0-litre, and a 2.8-litre turbo."

Asked if the 9-4X will be getting a diesel engine, Jonsson said no diesel for now.

"Unfortunately that won’t be the case. We could probably double our sales volume of the 9-4X in Europe with a diesel. But the 9-4X is really a vehicle for markets like the US, Russia, China and Australia where gasoline is the traditional buyer preference."

Source: Saabs United

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Saab likes out dated engines.

"GM likes outdates engines" is more like it as this car was developed under GM's arm. Unless there is a brilliant explanation lingering on how it would make economic sense to adapt the 9-4X to different powerplants after all the engineering work is done and the car is only in its 1st year of production, with future 9-4X to go (if SAAB makes it there) on the Phoenix Platform being engineered for the NG 9-3...

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