• Aug 1, 2006
Saab U.S.A.'s General Manager Jay Spenchian told Ward's Auto that a Saab CUV, reported by nearly all members of the press to be called the 9-4X, will replace the Chevy Trailblazer-based 9-7X SUV after the end of the decade. The Trailblazer is expected to be discontinued by 2010 and Spenchian said that the introduction of a Saab CUV would likely overlap a bit with the 9-7X.

Spenchian, however, wouldn't reveal what platform on which the Saab CUV would ride. Ward's reports that the new CUV could be built on the same platform as an upcoming Cadillac CUV destined only for the European market. Dubbed the BLX, this Caddy CUV would be built at Saab's Trollhattan plant that currently can't keep workers busy building only the Saab 9-3 and Cadillac BLS sedans. Such a move would move production of Saab's new people hauler back to Sweden from its current point of production, Moraine, Ohio, where the Chevy Trailblazer is built.

The Saab 9-4X will be priced right on top of the 9-3, which ranges from $25,570 to $43,320, and will be sporting Saab's new design language previewed on the Aero X concept.

[Source: Ward's Auto]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      IMHO, SAAB is on its way out. Did you see all the "GM" cars at Detroit? They look good, but nothing new for SAAB. Lets not take it personal, but a possible reason all SAAB products are not new from ground up and news to come are so far away is the sell or closing of SAAB is nigh! Watch another GM brand take the ignition... Watch another gm brand take the Aero X door opening design and Lutz will say, "Other auto companies do it why can't we?"
      • 8 Years Ago
      10$ says it's a rebadged Equinox
      • 8 Years Ago
      I believe that's right, a rebadged Equinox/Torrent/Vue, a.k.a. Lambda.

      But it's going to be a rebadged next-gen Lambda, which ought to have some Caddy/Saab grade goodness engineered in from the start.

      Besides, remember that a Lexus RX is just a rebadged Highlander, which is really just a stupid Camry underneath it all.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Saab is dead already. Its cars are old now and its SUVs are Chevy/GMC things with Saab snouts on them.
      They're nothing but badge-engineered vehicles that demean Chevy/GMC and confuses people. Chevy trucks and GMC are redundant, too. GM should dump one of them--they're the same vehicles anyway, so why support 2 brands that offer nothing different from each other.

      Saab is a distraction that should be put out of its misery because it's a money eater that does nothing for GM at all.

      Saab was a mistake for GM and the company should cut its losses and concentrate on Chevy, Saturn, Cadillac, and Daewoo-built cars that are built in Korea or other places in Asia and at low cost.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Regarding the sales stuff.. quoted from Trolhattensaab.com,
      "In July 2006, Saab USA had it's biggest sales month of 2006. The 9-5 had it's second biggest sales month of the year. The 9-3 and 9-2x both had their best sales months of the year (hey, gotta say something good about the 9-2x every now and then).".

      The funny bit is that the 9-7x is falling in sales.. just as Saab starts yacking about another one. UGG! The brilliant thing about Saab, to me, an owner of my second 9-5 wagon, is that they have hot turbo acceleration, great MPG, smart looks, utter comfort.. not dumbass 4x4-stilted-handling with 4 mpg. If only Saab could grab the eco-bull by the horns and trumpet its virtues and build on them with new diesels, new hybrids, new bio-fuels -perhaps they'd really be guaranteed a successful future.

      For this new 9-4x, I heard a while back it's going to be based on some Daewoo that's being sold as a 7seater Chevy, in Europe. Cute. I'm at least hoping it's going to be a Swedish car.. that might help.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Saab: definetly not too european to be subject to 5K rebates.....I can't wait to see the 35K+ models go for 30.
      • 8 Years Ago
      No. 12 is too true!

      Carlos Ghosn, save us! Make sure your stake in GM takes ownership of SAAB 100%! Make SAAB a hit because GM is continuing to make SAAB like s_it!

      SAVE US!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Snore.....
      • 8 Years Ago
      Saab was such a great car company... I hate GM for everything they have done to saab, olds, and pontiac.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I saw pictures on http://www.9-4X.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      Haha. Aren't Saab sales down about 40%? If so, then I agree with the first poster.
      • 8 Years Ago
      At the current rate, there won't be any Saab "after the end of the decade."
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