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First SAAB 9-4X Sold In The U.S.

Saab 9-4X

You probably know that SAAB is going through some serious financial difficulties but it’s not all bad as last weekend they’ve started selling the 9-4X crossover in the United States. The Swedish automaker said that they have received orders for 100 units, which although doesn’t sound that impressive, it actually is important taking into consideration that in the U.S. last month they’ve managed to sell 323 cars so they need all the clients that they can get.

Saab 9-4X

The SAAB 9-4X has a starting price of $34,205 and it is powered by a V6 3.0-liter engine that develops 262 hp (265 PS / 195 kW) and a peak torque of 223 lb.-ft (302 Nm). For $48,835 you can opt for the high performance Aero version that comes with a V6 2.8-liter turbocharged engine that churns 296 hp (300 PS / 221 kW) and 295 lb.-ft (400 Nm) of torque.

Source: SAAB via WCF

First Saab 9-4X Completed

Saab 9-4X

It’s been a while since the Saab 9-4X was officially announced at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, and now the very first unit has left the assembly line. As previously mentioned, the 9-4X was envisioned when the Swedish automaker was still under the GM umbrella and it was based upon the Cadillac SRX platform. As a consequence, it is not being manufactured in its homeland Trollhattan, Sweden, just like all the other Saabs, but in Mexico, at Ramos Arizpe.

The car you see in these pictures is an Aero model that has a Ice Pearl metallic paintwork and comes with a V6 2.8-liter turbo engine and XWD, carrying the chassis number 00001, and will be exhibited at the automaker’s museum in Sweden.

The Saab 9-4X will be available in US dealerships this May.

Saab 9-4X officially announced

After last winter Saab was extremely close to be completely shut down by GM, now under Spyker leadership the company is trying to come back into the game and to start counting again in the car industry. And we’re really happy to report that another new car was officially announced and that is the Saab 9-4X crossover.

Scheduled to make its official debut at next month Los Angeles Auto Show, the car looks pretty good with its Aero X concept inspired design, but the interior disappoints a little, being kinda dull. But Saab’s target market won’t probably be bothered by this, because it’s the same interior design theme Saab has been using for years. Still, the interior features high quality Bose system with 5.1 surround sound, option 8-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth and USB connectivity.

Under the bonnet, the Saab 9-4X will be available with two V6 engines, a 265 hp (195 kW) 3.0-liter that takes the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.0 seconds, while the top-of the-line Aero versions will get a turbocharged 2.8-liter engine that delivers 300 hp (221kW) and 400 Nm of torque, which means 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) is made in 8.3 seconds. Both engines will be available with a six-speed automatic transmission and Saab’s XWD all-wheel-drive technology. There are no fuel consumption figures available so far.

Like we said, the official debut will take place in Los Angeles, with sales scheduled to start in May 2011 in the United States, and in August in Europe and other markets. Prices are currently unknown and will be revealed closer to launch.


2012 Saab 9-4X to debut at the LA Auto Show this November

It seems that new cars are being confirmed in the unlikeliest of places these days, as the LA Auto Show’s Twitter account has revealed that the 2012 Saab 9-4X crossover will be debuting at the convention this November.

The Saab 9-4X has been a long time coming, with a concept (pictured above) previewing the production model for quite some time. It will share the higher riding Theta platform with the Cadillac SRX, and target the American market.

Rumors are saying that engines from the 2011 9-5 will be appearing under the hood of the 9-4X. This means a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and the a beefier 2.8-liter turbocharged six-cylinder will be available. As its name suggests, all-wheel drive will be present, with power coming through a six-speed automatic gearbox.

Those are the details, but expect more to be revealed as we approach the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.