Before making its debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show, Saab presented the production version of the 9-4x model, one that everyone longed for and it is to be found among one of the last projects developed under the ownership of GM, a car model that shares some major drive components as well as the Theta platform with the Cadillac SRX.
The styling elements and the shape of the car will be perceived as familiar by most of the people, due to the fact that it was previewed by the BioPower concept, hosted by the Detroit Auto Show. There are some changes, of course, but they seem to be minor ones, such as mirror caps, smaller front fog light openings and smaller alloy wheels. The interior limits its differences to air vent design and a trim, which is less flashy.
The 9-4x model will offer its future buyers the possibility to choose between two V6 engines, starting with a 265 hp and 223 Nm of torque, 3.0-liter with direct-injection technology, and followed by a turbocharged 2.8-liter unit, which delivers 300 hp and 295 Nm of torque. Both engines feature six-speed manual transmissions, under an adaptive, electronic control.
The customers are offered the V6 with a front-wheel drive, thus propelling from zero to 60 mph in only 7.9 seconds, or an all-wheel-drive system, reaching 60 mph in just 8.4 seconds.
The 300 hp engine comes available exclusively in Aero specification with XWD, being able to provide 7.7 seconds for accelerating from zero to 60 mph and an average city/highway fuel consumption of 18 mpg.
Some confusion arises as in Saab's press reports, the acceleration is achieved in 8.3 seconds. Furthermore, Saab N.A. announces that both V6 powerplants reach a top speed of 209 km/h, while the Saab Europe announces 210 km/h for the 265 hp engine and 230 km/h for the 300 hp unit.
Shall it be simply a misunderstanding of the figures released by the press?
The Saab CEOs firmly state that, by releasing the 9-4x, the brand gains appeal, allowing them to enter the crossover segment, thus reflecting their brand values in important areas.
With no price specifications revealed, probably they will be announced shortly, and following sales in Europe and other markets starting with August, the 9-4x is also due to arrive in North American showrooms in May 2010.
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