• Jun 18th 2008 at 2:58PM
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Click above for high-res gallery of Saab 9-4X spy shots

Yes, even crossovers need their suspensions tuned, and what better place for Saab to stretch the legs of its upcoming 9-4X crossover than the Nurburgring in Germany? The 9-4X was, of course, already previewed by the Saab 9-4X Biopower concept revealed last January at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, and then we also saw our first spy shots of the covered crossover back in April. Here we see the sloped roof 9-4X being thrown around the 'Ring during its development process. The engineers are no doubt striving to instill the 9-4X with that certain bit of Saabness the brand's current off-roader, the 9-7X, is completely missing. You should consider the 9-4X a cross between the late Subaru Impreza-based 9-2X and Chevy Trailblazer-based 9-7X, as its got enough ground clearance to go soft roading but should show off some deft moves on a flat surface. The 9-4X will be built on a unique version of GM's Theta platform, oft referred to as the Theta Premium platform, that will only be shared with Cadillac's upcoming crossover based on the Provoq Concept that will replace the SRX.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I see Land Rover LRX roofline... anyone else?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeahhhh ... because one thing the world sure needs right now is another giant SUV. Please make it stop.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Really genius? Did you actually look at the photos? Looks pretty "giant" to me.

        • 7 Years Ago
        Satchmo, that was awesome.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Did you actually read the article?

        "You should consider the 9-4X a cross between the late Subaru Impreza-based 9-2X and Chevy Trailblazer-based 9-7X."

        Doesn't sound like "another giant SUV" to me. But you sure do sound like a moron.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So, let's line up the mistakes, shall we:
      Selling the same car as a Cadillac. Why? I could see the point of the SRX and this car, because the SRX is sufficiently distinct (longer, heavier, rear-drive) but selling the same platform as a Saab and Cadillac is pointless.
      It doesn't help that the profile of this car is distinctly non-Cadillac. Caddies are long, low, angular. This is tall, cute and chunky.
      Of course, it doesn't really look like a Saab, either. The 9-7 at least makes an attempt at a Saabish windshield rake/arc. This doesn't.

      About the only way this vehicle would make sense is if GM folds Saab in North America and Cadillac in Europe. Of course, GM being GM, they'll do this opposite and bring the BLS to North America and rebadge the Escalade as a Saab in Europe.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Funny Satchmo, when I picture you I do see a giant tool.
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