Saab will unveil the 9-4X next year at the Detroit motor show in January and sales will begin later on the year. The first prototypes have been caught testing in Germany.
The 9-4X will have its design inspired by the 9-3 and 9-3, ,- but with more modern materials and better build quality.
Under the hood GM will place a 2.8-litre petrol V6 and an automatic box. The production version will be 4.95m long and 1.92m wide. It will be built on a new platform — a mix of GM’s Theta 4x4 platform and the new Epsilon II chassis known as Theta premium.
Saab is working on a new SUV that will compete with models like BMW X3 or Land Rover Freelander . First unveiled as the 9-4X BioPower concept at January’s Detroit Motor Show, the future 9-4X has been already caught testing. The official debut will be made in 2010; pricing will start from £24,000 ($47.500).
Under the skin is the same platform as found on another General Motors small 4x4: the Cadillac BRX. It will be built in at Mexico’s Ramos Arizpe factory.
Buyers will be able to pick from a wide range of petrol engines, as well as a new 250bhp diesel. And all models will be equipped with Saab’s XWD all-wheel-drive system.
Since the embargo was broken, there was no point for GM to keep the 9-4X Concept secret until it will supposed to be revealed at the Detroit Auto Show (we told you this is going to happened when we post the first photo leaked).
Saab will launch next year at the Detroit Auto Show the 9-4X, a midsized crossover that will share platform with a Cadillac SUV. The new crossover will have the same size with the BMW X3 and will reach showrooms within two years.