2012 Saab 9-4X is making its world premiere at next month's Los Angles Auto Show,
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.
The 9-4X cuts a broad and powerful stance, with clean, uncluttered lines , and with a deep, three-port grille and 'ice-block'-effect lighting themes.
Other exterior Saab identifiers include the shaping of the headlamps, a 'hockey stick' waistline and strong C-pillars complemented by a wraparound-effect rear screen and disguised windshield and door pillars.
The roofline is visually lowered and extended by a rear spoiler integrated into the deck lid.. An 'ice-block' bar lit by LEDs extends across the lower deck lid and wraps around the light units. Twin rhomboid-shaped exhaust tailpipes are neatly integrated into the lower bumper molding.
A dark protective appliqu is applied to lower body, but there are no wheel-arch claddings or protective body panels.
Aero models are distinguished by 20-inch, nine-spoke 'turbine' alloy wheels, as well as bi-xenon cornering headlights and black mesh inserts in the front grille and fog lamp housings.
The cabin provides comfortable accommodation for up to five adults and the center console, center stack and main instrument display are presented within a single form that sweeps up around the driver
It also includes a selectable, attitude style speed read-out, green illumination for the needles of the three main dials and joystick' adjusters for the mesh-style air vents. The ignition - is located between the front seats, , adjacent to the shift lever.
Rear passengers benefit from the presence of a third row of seats and an independent, three-way manual adjustment of the rake of each 60/40 fold seatback.
Onboard storage includes double-decked pockets in all doors, a two-tier front glovebox and a deep bin in the center console with 12-volt, USB and AUX connections.
Infotainment includes two audio options, a seven-speaker or top-of-the-line Bose system with 5.1 surround sound. The optional 8-inch, touchscreen hard disk based navigation system includes a bird's eye map view, 10 GB storage for music files, and integrated Bluetooth hands-free phone system, which functions via voice command.
The 60/40 split seatbacks, provide a completely flat cargo deck, offering a total volume of 61.2 cubic feet.
Floor space can be tailored as required by the, U-shaped track with a telescopic cargo divider, which can be moved to any position to keep items in place.
The deck lid is available with a remotely controlled, hydraulically powered operation
Driving technologies include Saab XWD, sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, which infinitely varies drive torque between the front and rear axles. It is combined with an (eLSD) which can transfer up to 50% of rear torque between the rear wheels
The 'Sport' mode introduces a firmer range of adjustment for the dampers, as well as a sharper throttle pedal response and raised gear shifting points. An 'Eco' mode also re-maps the throttle pedal and gearshifting patterns for optimal fuel economy.
Other driving aids include variable effort steering, and bi-xenon adaptive lighting.
The powertrain line-up comprises two efficient all-aluminum V6 engines, both with a six-speed automatic transmission. These light and compact, 24-valve motors feature variable valve timing, on both inlet and exhaust sides, and boast power ratings typical of larger displacement engines.
The 265 hp, 3.0-liter naturally-aspirated motor includes direct fuel injection and it propels the 9-4X from zero to 60 mph in just 7.9 seconds (8.4 seconds with Saab XWD)
The 2.8-liter turbo engine packs 300 hp and generates an impressive 295 lb.ft. spread of torque between 2,000 and 5,000 rpm. It delivers zero to 60 mph acceleration in 7.7 seconds and estimated city/highway combined fuel consumption of 18 mpg*.
The Saab 9-3 and the new 9-5 sedan are a maximum 5-star performers in EuroNCAP crash safety ratings, as is the 9-3 in U.S. NCAP.
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