2012 Saab 9-4X Gives Brand A Stylish Offering In Hot Segment
The Saab 9-4X is based on the same platform as the hot selling Cadillac SRX and will be built at the same facility in Mexico. Like the Cadillac, the 9-4X offers a 265 hp, 3.0-liter and a 300 hp 2.8-liter turbo engine. Missing from this world premiere announcement was any mention of a diesel offering. One would presume that, especially for its non-US customers, the company will have to fit an oil burner pronto. There will be Saab DriveSense, an adaptive chassis feature, and Saab XWD for folks required all four wheels to be driven.
In looking over the press release, we see little to differentiate the 9-4X from its Cadillac sibling other than styling and interior cabin touches. Given how far this vehicle was in development prior to the Saab division being offloaded by GM, this is no surprise. The 9-4X's clean lines will undoubtedly attract buyers, although we are not in favor of the "protective appliqué" plastered onto the vehicle's sides, and hopefully the suspension tuning will be on the more sporting side of things.
What does separate the two vehicles is styling, with the Cadillac going with edgy while the Saab has more fluid lines. Inside, the Saab is a more somber affair with a very monochromatic color scheme.
While customers have been quite enthusiastic about the SRX, critical reviews have been more milquetoast with many critics raving about the CTS Sport Wagon as a more dynamic alternative. Even still the wagon has not set any sales charts on fire, showing why the crossover segment is so hotly contested while few wagons exist in the US market. If Saab can get critics enthused about the 9-4X's driving prowess, then certainly it will be a feather in its latest model's cap.
The Saab 9-4X will appear at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November and sales should begin right around summer time of next year.