• Jan 8th 2008 at 8:36AM
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click above for more images of the Saab 9-4X Concept

You're not supposed to see this vehicle yet, at least not until closer to the start of the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this Sunday. It's the Saab BioPower 9-4X, and a Dutch outlet has seen fit to release these lowish-res images of the CUV a bit early. We think it's a CUV because the popularity of the SUV is waning (Ford's switching the Explorer from its body-on-frame SUV roots to a CUV compliant unibody, for Pete's sake), and Saab's done the whole SUV thing already with its rebadged (although nicely) version of the Chevy Trailblazer called the 9-7X. Regardless, the 9-4X is destined for production probably later this year. The Concept is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder enginer, typical Saab fare, that produces 245 HP/260 ft. lb. of torque on gas and 300 HP/295 ft. lb. of torque on ethanol. There's also an intelligent all-wheel-drive system that can split power between the front and rear axles, as well as between each side of the rear axle depending on which needs it most. Stay tuned this Sunday when the Detroit Auto Show officially begins for us and we'll find out more.

[Source: World Car Fans, Trollhattan Saab]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Could have had a more aggressive exterior design but I really dig the interior.
      Maybe it'l look more intriguing in darker colours...
      8 out of 10...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think Saab sould be GM's Audi/Alfa brand.So the style should be curvey and include all the latest features Ie: Blue tooth,XWD, ETC...

      Looks like Gm's design team looking to euro Ford focus for this CUV
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am struck by the fact that the interior does not have the god-awful symmetric setup that has been so popular with automakers recently. If this presages the future direction of interior design, then I am all for it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's actually the past of automotive interior design. One of Saab's signatures has been the "seven-shaped" dash, as you see there on the 9-4x. It's excellent, when it's not made of cheap POS parts.
      • 7 Years Ago
      like Daniel said, "a more aggressive exterior design", would be great looks too bland in current state.the Vue and new Caddy concept look 100% better.This look is outdated already.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Saab is hot. Is that the Acadia/Enclave platform or the Vue platform?
      • 7 Years Ago
      This would be another version of the Outlook, Acadia, Enclave? Looks pretty nice and I am not much of a Saab fan. Seem to have the goods of MDX SH-AWD system with turbo engine. Have to see it in really life.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It design is good, in particular the front grille and lights. However, the side panels and dorrs are a bit too flat, and the engine compartment still exceeds what I consider a space-efficient and nice-looking car.
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