ⓘ Saab 9-4X

Saab 9-4X

ⓘ Saab 9-4X

The Saab 9-4X is a mid-size luxury crossover SUV that was introduced at the 2010 LA Auto Show. It is based on the all-wheel-drive GM Theta Premium platform, which also forms the basis for the Cadillac SRX. Production of the 9-4X began in 2011, at General Motors Ramos Arizpe Assembly in Mexico, but stopped before the end of that year due to the bankruptcy of Saab.


1. Design

The 9-4X took shape once the Saab 9-6X project was cancelled, after the divestment by General Motors of its holding in Subaru. The 9-4X replaced the larger Chevy Trailblazer based, United States built Saab 9-7X, production of which ceased in December 2008. The concept of the 9-4X made its debut at the 2008 North American International Auto Show.

The production car is almost identical to the concept of 2008 on the exterior and similar to the second generation Saab 9-5 on the inside. The mechanical parts such as the engine, transmission, and other mechanical systems are all GM, but there are exterior trim and lighting items that are specific to the 9-4X.

As such, a review noted specific Saab identity and "charm" as well as its flaws that included excess weight and lackluster fuel economy, but "it is easily as compelling as the Cadillac SRX on which it is based." The car began selling as a model year of 2011 vehicle in June in the United States, and in August elsewhere. The 9-4X was the only Saab built in Mexico.


2. Production

General Motors manufactured the 9-4X and the closely related Cadillac SRX at the Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, assembly plant. The company announced that the 9-4X would go on sale in 2010 to bolster Saabs position in the United States, the brands largest marketplace

The first unit was produced in February 2010, and it was displayed at Saabs Museum in Sweden. In November 2011, General Motors announced that production of the 9-4X would end, because General Motors was unwilling to provide a modern chassis and engine to a Chinese buyer that was a potential competitor to General Motors in China.

In February 2010, GM sold Saab Automobile AB to the Dutch automobile manufacturer Spyker Cars N.V.

It has been reported that 614 units were assembled during the 9-4Xs brief production run for 2011. However, VIN numbers for 2011 go over 600, and there were approximately 60 9-4X models of 2012 produced. A version of Aero from 2012 was reviewed by Road & Track in April 2011. According to information at the Saab Museum in Trollhattan, Sweden, 814 9-4X units were produced.


3. Specifications

The 9-4X was available with a choice of two petrol V6 engines: a 3.0 L producing 265 bhp 198 kW; 269 PS, 223 lb⋅ft 302 N⋅m torque and a 2.8 L turbo with 300 bhp 224 kW; 304 PS, 295 lb⋅ft 400 N⋅m. The 2.8T engine is mated to an Aisin-Warner six speed automatic transmission, operable in manumatic mode via paddle shifters. A diesel engine for the market in Europe was discussed, but not offered.