• Aug 17, 2010
Saab 9-4X Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

We've been expecting this announcement to come sooner or later, though we didn't exactly count on it coming from the LA Auto Show's own Twitter page. But there it is anyway, straight from the horse's mouth: "Saab has confirmed that the 9-4X Crossover will make its world debut at the LA Auto Show this Nov."

We're also expecting some sort of official word that the new crossover 'ute, which will share its Theta Premium underpinnings with the Cadillac SRX, should hit the market sometime in the spring of 2011... perhaps around April.

While we're on the subject of expectations, we'd also imagine that Saab will offer its premium crossover with the same powerplants as the recently released 9-5, which means we could see a 2.0-liter turbocharged four and a 2.8-liter turbocharged six, both likely mated with a six-speed automatic transmission and available all-wheel drive. We'll apparently find out for sure soon enough.



[Source: LA Auto Show's Twitter]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I can only judge this car from the few SRXs I've seen on the road and it seems like the size, sloped roofline and the general proportions are perfect for a Saab iteration of a crossover.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just another cookie cutter crossover. Looks like a Ford edge.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Of *course* it looks like a Ford Edge. That's practically the very definition of the large 5-seat CUV.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This vehicle was developed at the same time the re-designed SRX was, but was delayed because of the bankruptcy and uncertainty of the sale of Saab.

      The both share some of the same sub-assembly tooling so yes they are off the same platform.

      Both the 9-4X and the SRX share the Theta platform and are built at the Ramos Arizpe Plant in Mexico.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ya! Saab is saved! :P
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the SRX, but this is much nicer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love new saw their designs are beautiful. Now Volvo needs to step up and help Sweden become a competent car manufacturer

      even though only the HQ for both these companies are in Sweden (i think?)... nvm i guess i dont know
        • 4 Years Ago
        With Geely helming Volvo, and not having to protect Jaguar / Lincoln, I have no doubt we're going to see amazing things from Volvo in the next few years, things that Ford never would have allowed for risk of cannibalizing PAG sales.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now that's what I want to see from Saab!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I disagree. What I want to see from SAAB is the re-birth of the sporting hatchback 9-3. This is just another CUV with a SAAB badge. Granted, if it generates them lots of profits to make said hatchback I'm all for it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Tri: A couple questions:

        1. Do you know the difference between rebadging and platform sharing?
        2. Do you know the difference between an Equinox and a Traverse?

        If you want to say something derogatory, at least be halfway-accurate & factual in calling it a "reskinned Caddy SRX with a different motor".

        Finally, Lambda isn't a bad platform at all. There are more than a couple brands who'd love to have Lambda products - that platform moves with very good transaction prices. Mercedes, for one, as those Lambda CUVs totally outclass (and outsell) the R-class. Caddy, too. I don't know why GM hasn't released a Caddy Lambda, but maybe it's a weight / handling issue.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @John H. - I recall rumors about the next Escalade being a Lambda, so who knows?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @TriShield, you are completely wrong on this. This car is not a rebadge and its not based on the Lambda platform either. Platform sharing and badge engineering is completely different. This car is based on the Theta-Premium platform and the only other car that shares Theta-Premium is the Cadillac BRX. (also called the Theta-Epsilon2)
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's a rebadge. No different than all the GM Lambda flavors out there.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Amazing, I love it except for the grille...
      • 4 Years Ago
      The A-pillar is black in the renderings, but half black/half white in the live shots. Looks better all black. Overall, I like it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I believe that that is just reflections...its probably still black. The black a-piller has become a sort of SAAB design trait. Which I totally love.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks heavy and imposing, I would expect something more "neat" from Saab, but for the US market should be ok.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, that looks really nice! I hope they stick to this exact design.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The SRX is a good crossover, add in the added power of a turbocharged Saab engine and I think they'll have a winner on their hands. Good work Saab keep it up.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The 2.8L turbo from Saab is already the premium engine in the SRX. The only thing that would change possibly is the base engine - GM's 3.0v6, but saab's 2.0t with only 210hp really wouldn't be up to the task.
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