Saab's new 4x4 crossover
20/10/10 19:27 Filed in: News
Just months after its takeover by Spyker
is about to launch a new model at next month’s Los Angeles Auto Show. The new Saab 9-4X is clearly aimed at the growing market for 4x4 crossovers particularly in the USA.
The North American targeting of the new model is revealed by plans for it to be manufactured, not in Saab’s native Sweden, but at a factory owned by former owners General Motors, in Mexico. There are also no diesel versions in the launch line-up – something that will not be missed in America, but will be in Europe.
Although it will be built on the opposite side of the Atlantic, the Saab 9-4X is designed to look distinctly Saab with the signature wrap-around windscreen, cockpit style interior and Saab grille. In terms of overall appearance, Saab say they have striven to make it look between the 9-3X and new 9-5 saloon in size.
The 9-4X uses Saab’s all-wheel-drive system, XWD, and ‘DriveSense’ adaptive chassis control. Power comes from a 2.8-litre V6 turbocharged engine, mated to six-speed automatic transmission.
“The 9-4X significantly broadens the appeal of the Saab brand,” says Saab Automobile CEO Jan Åke Jonsson. “It gives us entry to the fast-growing crossover segment with a vehicle that reflects our brand values in key areas, such as progressive Scandinavian design and sporty, responsible driving performance. The 9-4X is an exciting package and we’re confident it will appeal to many existing Saab owners, as well as win new customers for the brand.”
The new Saab 9-4X goes on sale in North America in May next year, with sales in Europe and other global markets due to begin from August. UK sales will start late in 2011.