• Jan 25th 2010 at 1:59PM
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Saab 9-4X Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

The question of whether General Motors will go ahead and sell Saab to Spyker seems no closer to getting a real-life answer today after newly self-appointed GM CEO Ed Whitacre held a press conference without naming a new owner for the troubled Swedish automaker. Perhaps then, reports of Saab's production numbers offer a renewed glimmer of hope for Saabophiles the world over?

According to Automotive News and its DealerTrack report for the week of January 23rd, in addition to a small number of 2010 9-5 sedans, Saab produced 49 new 9-4X crossovers last week, bringing the total number of completed units to 147. Wait a second, when did GM ever officially announce the start of 9-4X CUVs?

Answer: It didn't. As such, we're guessing that these are preproduction models and pilots destined for crash testing and whatnot (according to GM Inside News, that status has been confirmed), but it still may portend interesting things to come from the Saab brand moving forward.

[Source: Automotive News via GM Inside News]

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      • 5 Years Ago

      Any chance that GM is dragging this out so long because it might change its mind and keep Saab after all, kinda like it did with Opel?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is such a handsome vehicle, and clearly GM has sunk some $$ into development costs. This almost makes up for the hideous 9-7.

      The 9-4X and the 9-5 are both solid vehicles. They both look considerably better than anything else GM has engineered for the make. If the plug gets pulled before these cars see extensive production, fans will lament forever "what might have been".
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nothing, EVER, will make up for the 9-7x. If anything helped to destroy SAAB that was it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The new 9-5 is gorgeous.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Interior looks stunning!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Buick sub - Enclave?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just priced out a Tiguan with the same options as a standard 9-4x and it came to $35,400 on the configurator when looking at the base model. Considering that's about what Saab plans to charge for this, I'd absolutely say it's in the same price range, but offers considerably more for the money. You're right though, this is much more going after the RX, X5, and ML, but this is considerably more value for the money, as is the SRX.

      I'm definitely way into Saabs, so I have a huge bias. But considering the excellent reviews the SRX has had save it's weak engine, having the 2.8L Saab Turbo that has been shown to produce 330+ HP in the Opel OPC Insignia should really make this platform come to life. I'd be willing to pay $45K for that. Throw in some Saab tuning and Spyker craftsmanship, and you've got one cool crossover.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ...and I want one.
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