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2012 Saab 9-4X

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After being previewed by the Saab 9-4X BioPower, the third model in Saab’s line-up will make its world debut at the LA Auto Show. The new 9-4X will be placed in looks and size between the 9-3X all-rounder and new 9-5 sedan and will go on sale in May 2011.

The new 9-4X will be offered with a choice of V6 engines, naturally-aspirated or turbocharged. The entry level gets a 3,0 liter version with 265 HP, while the Aero version will be powered by a 300 HP 2.8-liter version with direct injection for twin-scroll turbocharging. Both engines are mated to six-speed automatic transmissions under adaptive, electronic control. The new 9-4X will be offered with Saab’s advanced all-wheel-drive system, Saab XWD, and DriveSense adaptive chassis control.

"The 9-4X significantly broadens the appeal of the Saab brand,” says Saab Automobile CEO Jan Ake 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."

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The Final Saabs Heading to Auction

As Saab closes up its latest chapter, which included bankruptcy and many months or “We’re sold, wait, no we’re not” turmoil, we were left wondering what happened to the 900 (ish) Saabs that got held up at port whenever the failed car company filed for bankruptcy. Well, now that Saab has been liquidated to the point that only the 900 cars remain, we now have an idea what’s going on with them.

According to reports, all 900 cars will be auctioned off to varying companies and exporters. Only 300 of these leftover Saabs will make their way into dealerships and the dealers have the option to either put them up for sale at a 30- to 50-percent discount and sell them or strip them down for parts. Obviously the most profitable game would be to strip them down, but it may take a while to sell off all of the parts. So we may be in for some super-cheap Saabs hitting what remaining Saab dealers there are.

The majority of the leftover Saabs will be auctioned to exporters and rental companies. So, for an American to snag up one of these Saabs he has to either find a dealership close enough that actually wants more stock on its lot or pick one up after the rental car company is done with it – AKA after it has been thrashed to within an inch of its life. Who buys a used rental car anyways?

According to the inventory report, there are 67 company cars, which include a 1960 Quantum IV and a `70 Sonnett III, over 450 9-5s, 400 9-3 sedans, 60 9-3 wagons, 12 9-3 convertibles and 28 9-4X crossovers.

So thus closes another part of the Saab saga. Now we just have to see what NEVS can do with the bankrupt Swedish automaker.

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2012 Saab 9-4X

2012 Saab 9-4X

After being previewed by the Saab 9-4X BioPower, the third model in Saab’s line-up will make its world debut at the LA Auto Show. The new 9-4X will be placed in looks and size between the 9-3X all-rounder and new 9-5 sedan and will go on sale in May 2011.

The new 9-4X will be offered with a choice of V6 engines, naturally-aspirated or turbocharged. The entry level gets a 3,0 liter version with 265 HP, while the Aero version will be powered by a 300 HP 2.8-liter version with direct injection for twin-scroll turbocharging. Both engines are mated to six-speed automatic transmissions under adaptive, electronic control. The new 9-4X will be offered with Saab’s advanced all-wheel-drive system, Saab XWD, and DriveSense adaptive chassis control.

"The 9-4X significantly broadens the appeal of the Saab brand,” says Saab Automobile CEO Jan Ake 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."

Press release after the jump.

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Saab 9-4X leaked before LA debut

Saab 9-4X leaked before LA debut

The Saab 9-4X is coming at us in November during the Los Angeles Auto Show, but since no one in the auto industry can keep a secret for long, the first undisguised image of the future crossover has already surfaced on the internet. Good for us, probably even better for Saab since the buzz will only pick up with each leaked photo or spy shot.

The 9-4X will be built on an all new platform called the Theta Premium that mixes components from GM’s Theta and Epsilon 2 platforms. It will find itself with its own exterior and interior styling, but will have a dashboard design that will be similar to the new 9-5. The 9-4X will be offered with a 2.8-liter turbocharged V6 petrol engine as the sole engine, but Saab is working on a diesel option for the future.

The 9-4X BioPower concept was powered by a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter BioPower turbo engine that delivered 300 HP and strong torque of 295 lb.-ft. With this engine, Saab wanted to demonstrate its commitment to “rightsizing” – achieving sufficient levels of performance with a smaller, more efficient engine.

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Saab 9-4X confirmed for L.A. Auto Show

Saab 9-4X confirmed for L.A. Auto Show

In 2008, there was a little concept by the name of the Saab 9-4X BioPower that was introduced at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show. Two years later, Saab has finished polishing off the production version and will be revealing the second all-new model to be launched under the Spyker ownership at the Los Angeles Motor Show in mid-November.

The 9-4X will be built on an all new platform called the Theta Premium that mixes components from GM’s Theta and Epsilon 2 platforms. It will find itself with its own exterior and interior stylings, but will have a dashboard design that will be similar to the new 9-5. The 9-4X will be offered with a 2.8-liter turbocharged V6 petrol engine as the sole engine, but Saab is working on a diesel option for the future. The concept was powered by a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter BioPower turbo engine that delivered 300 HP and strong torque of 295 lb.-ft. With this engine, Saab wanted to demonstrate its commitment to “rightsizing” – achieving sufficient levels of performance with a smaller, more efficient engine.

Sales in the USA will begin in late 2011.

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Saab 9-4X Crossover set for LA Motor Show debut

Saab 9-4X Crossover set for LA Motor Show debut

So it looks like the Saab 9-4X Crossover – yep, that very same vehicle that we’ve been waiting a long time for – is finally ready to for its time in the spotlight. And, according to event organizers of the 2010 LA Auto Show, that time will take place later this year at their event.

If you’re having a little difficulty placing where you last saw this vehicle, it was actually a little over two years ago at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show where it was presented in a slightly different tag as the 9-4X BioPower Concept.

At that time, Saab was still owned by General Motors and the concept that was shown in 2008 carried the same powertrain with that of the Cadillac SRX. Now that Saab is under the Spyker brand, there’s no telling what kind of powertrain will be available for the production version of the 9-4X Crossover. The good news is that we won’t have to wait past the LA Auto Show to get the scoop on Saab’s new crossover.

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Saab 9-4X Crossover to be revealed later this year

Saab 9-4X Crossover to be revealed later this year

The Saab 9-4X BioPower was unveiled at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show and although it created quite a stir before it was unveiled, consumers left the concept behind without as much as a glance backward. Now, two years after the concept was laid out on the show floor, Saab has announced that a production version will be unveiled by the end of this year.

The 9-4X will be offered with a 2.8-liter V6 Turbo Engine with 300 HP at 5,300 rpm and Sentronic six-speed automatic with transmission and paddle shifting at launch. A 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder delivering 220 HP will be added at a later date.

The concept was powered by a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter BioPower turbo engine that delivered 300 HP and strong torque of 295 lb.-ft. With this engine, Saab wanted to demonstrate its commitment to “rightsizing” – achieving sufficient levels of performance with a smaller, more efficient engine.

Saab has also announced that an exciting lineup of vehicles are planned to hit the US market over the next year: an all-newSaab 9-3X premium crossover, the 9-3 sport sedan, 9-3 sportCombi, and the 9-3 convertible, as well as the all-new 9-5 sedan.

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Saab's sale to Koenigsegg expected to be finalized soon

Saab’s sale to Koenigsegg expected to be finalized soon

Struggling to make ends meet, it looked as if it was only a matter of time before Saab would have crumbled under the mounting debts it had incurred over the past couple of years. Fortunately for them, there’s finally a sliver of light at the end of the tunnel.

On the heels of reports that said that Saab was on the market for anyone willing to take a stab at restoring the company to its glory days, it appears that someone has taken up that challenge. Swedish supercar makers Koenigsigg, together with a group of Norwegian investors, has ironed out a lot of the details involved in the company’s imminent purchase of Saab. While there are still a few kinks left to iron out, it’s becoming more and more apparent that Saab has found new life under the Koenigsigg brand.

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Saab 9-4X official images

Saab 9-4X official images

The Saab Chile web page revealed the first official images and details on the 2010 9-4X. The official unveiling will be made next year at the Detroit Auto Show.

According to the official informations from Saab, the 2010 9-4X will be powered by a 2.0 turbo engine that delivers 245 hp at 5,300rpm and 400 Nm of torque at 1900rpm. The engine will be mated to a six speed sequential SENTRONIC gearbox.

The 0 to 60 mph sprint will be made in 6,4 seconds, while the top speed will be limited to 155 mph.

The 9-4X will go on sale at a price of $66,000.

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2010 Saab 9-4X will debut next spring

2010 Saab 9-4X will debut next spring

The first official image of the 2010 Saab 9-4X that have emerged from GM prove that the crossover closely resembles the Saab 9-4X BioPower concept introduced at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show. The 2010 9-4X will make its world debut next spring, most probably at the 2009 New York Auto Show.

The five-passenger crossover is based on the same GM midsize sedan architecture as the Chevrolet Malibu and Saturn Aura, and the Saab will share its overall mechanical package with the forthcoming 2010 Chevrolet Equinox and 2010 Cadillac SRX.

The 2010 Saab 9-4X will be priced like a BMW X3 and sized like an X5. Under the hood the company will place innovative powertrain options like the concept vehicles E85-fueled, direct-injection four-cylinder engine.

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Chevrolet Cruze, Cadillac SRX, Saab 9-4X - first images

Chevrolet Cruze, Cadillac SRX, Saab 9-4X - first images

In a press conference GM revealed official images of some of their future model, including the 2010 Chevy Cruze, 2010 Cadillac SRX, 2010 Saab 9-4X, and the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox.

At the same event, GM also confirmed the 2010 Buick LaCrosse, 2010 Cadillac CTS Coupe and 2010 Cadillac CTS Wagon.

First to debut will be the 2010 Chevrolet Cruze at the Paris Auto Show. The Cruze will be based on GM’s Delta compact-car architecture and will be powered by a new 1.4-liter global engine that delivers between 120 to 140 hp. Sources say mileage could exceed 40 mpg.

Spy photographers, we’re sorry for your jobs!

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Saab 9-4X spy shots

Saab 9-4X spy shots

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.

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Saab 9-4X - spy shots

Saab 9-4X - spy shots

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.

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2008 Saab 9-4X BioPower

2008 Saab 9-4X BioPower

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).

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Saab 9-4X BioPower Concept first official images

Saab 9-4X BioPower Concept first official images

We do not know who first broke the embargo in this case, but here are the first official images of the 9-4X BioPower Concept that will be unveiled just in a few days at the Detroit Auto Show.

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Saab 9-4X to be unveiled at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show

Saab 9-4X to be unveiled at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show

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.

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