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.

Press release

The new 9-4X brings unique Saab design and engineering values to the growing mid-size crossover segment. With distinctive Scandinavian and aircraft-inspired looks, it also offers car-like handling and ride characteristics that challenge class benchmarks.

2012 Saab 9-4X High Resolution Interior
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Making its world premiere at next month’s Los Angles Auto Show, the 9-4X expands Saab’s product portfolio to three car lines and will provide a fresh, alternative choice for independently-minded crossover buyers. It is an important next-step in the Swedish brand’s renaissance as an independent premium car manufacturer.

Muscular and sporty to drive, the 9-4X is aligned in looks and size between the 9-3X all-rounder and new 9-5 sedan. Outside and inside, it communicates its Saab identity with clean, uncluttered design and signature motifs, such as its wraparound-effect windshield, ice block lighting theme, driver-focused cockpit and flexible cargo handling.

In true Saab tradition, the 9-4X delivers on its sporty persona. It is configured around a unique, purpose-designed crossover body structure, which has been key to delivering its exceptional handling and ride properties. Car-like driving dynamics are supported by Saab’s advanced all-wheel-drive system, Saab XWD, and DriveSense adaptive chassis control.

Under the hood, nestles a choice of compact and efficient V6 engines, naturally-aspirated or turbocharged. The 265 hp, 3.0-liter motor for the entry-level model features direct fuel injection and variable valve timing; while the 300 hp, 2.8-liter exchanges direct injection for twin-scroll turbocharging and is exclusive to top-of-line Aero variants. Both engines are mated to six-speed automatic transmissions under adaptive, electronic control.

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“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 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. Prices will be announced shortly before sales commence.

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13 comments:

  (517) posted on 08.22.2012

A very good SUV. The interior design is what I really love in this vehicle. But I must agree that the exterior looks so classy.

  (498) posted on 01.5.2012

It seems so pretty and classy with its exterior design, but as we look with the interior of this, you will get disappointed with it. They focused so much on the exterior of this car, I guess!

  (728) posted on 12.27.2011

It only looks so simple and ordinary for a future vehicle. However, I love the fact that it is very reliable on the road and practical to use on everyday transportation.

  (594) posted on 10.10.2011

I simply love this Saab 9-4X. The decency and hygienic looks of this one are very appealing, but I must say that I’m not so fond with its dashboard but I love the fact that the interior of this one is so spacious.

  (474) posted on 09.16.2011

The interior seems so spacious and entertaining. Saab car is impressive because on the fact that it is so reliable on a road and practical to use in everyday transportation.

  (194) posted on 09.1.2011

Looking at this car, it seems so pretty and classy with its exterior design but as we look with the interior of this, you will get disappointed with it. They focused so much on the exterior of this car, I guess!

  (448) posted on 08.15.2011

I think V6 engine is not suited for this 9-4X. Observing to this car, the simple design is quite impressive, and it seems that it is a luxurious car.

  (448) posted on 08.15.2011

I think V6 engine is not suited for this 9-4X. Observing to this car, the simple design is quite impressive, and it seems that it is a luxurious car.

  (648) posted on 07.12.2011

It looks like a range rover design for me, but it is more than impressed me with the interior and its engine. I’d like to drive on this kind of car. It seems it is really smooth to drive with.

  (159) posted on 01.30.2011

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

  (613) posted on 12.5.2010

Looks cool and fun to drive, more sharper than the Kia Sorento and Hyundai santa fe, But I really don’t know if the engine is already CRDi..

  (619) posted on 11.17.2010

As for the 9-4x, I’m just happy to see Saab do away with the old 9-7x. The SRX is a decent vehicle and so I would assume that this one will be, too.

  (460) posted on 10.18.2010

No argument that the interiors are bland, but I actually like the blandness. I know, I am weird. I only objected when they got chintzy towards the end of the GM relationship.

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