• Sep 28, 2010
Saab 9-4X spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Now that the fate of Saab is in the hands of Spyker Cars, future product plans seem to be moving right along. The new 9-5 is out on the road and the 9-4X crossover is scheduled to make its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show this November.

Our friends at Saabs United managed to snag some shots of a pre-production 9-4X, giving us a glimpse of the automaker's new CUV before we see it in person later this year. The 9-4X was initially conceived under Saab's General Motors ownership, meaning its underpinnings are shared with the Cadillac SRX crossover. Word on the street is that the production taillamps will look slightly different than the ones on this early model, but that aside, don't expect things to change much between now and November.

Because the 9-4X is closely related to the SRX, we fully expect the 2.8-liter turbocharged V6 to be under the hood. Don't rule out the possibility of the 9-5's 2.0-liter turbo four being offered, as well. Both engines will more than likely be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and as the "x" in the name suggests, all-wheel drive will be on hand.

Until we get the official word in Los Angeles later this year, scroll through our gallery of spy shots below, and head over to Saabs United for all things Griffin.



[Source: Saabs United]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure Saab needs something aside from another CUV to crowd the market.

      Maybe a sports car of some sort?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think needs both a sport car (like the saab aereo x Concept) and a sport hatch back.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Saab needs hatches.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm hoping that Saab has done what they did with the 9-7 that of reworking GM's suspension to make it handle better. One thing that alot of 9-7 owners state to me is the ride quality is better than that of the Trailblazer that its based off of. If Saab did the same thing I think alot of people will be surprised.

      Yes its not a ground breaking design but as the article said it was made under GM's umbrella. Once we see the new 9-3 concept (we all know one is coming sooner rather than later!) the verdict will be in if Saab will be saved or if it will drown.

      On another and final note, Saab needs to hire a new advertising firm. The current commercials for the 9-5 look like commercials for a "green" company rather than a car ad. That and people still don't know the 9-5 is out yet!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This CUV is perfect for Buick as the baby Enclave. Remember a year ago GM tried to use VUE to rebadge as the baby Enclave. It's a pity GM has to spend money and time to come up something else for the small Buick CUV.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They need a new Viggen.
      • 4 Years Ago
      MMMMMM give me some of that SAAB EquinAcadia.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wikipedia

        Again, the only two vehicles that use the TE architecture (not Theta) are the SRX and the 9-4X. But, for the sake of argument, lets call them "distant cousins". ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, it was designed alongside the Cadillac SRX...the only vehicle it shared the same platform with. And it should've been out a year ago if not for the unfortunate SAAB "situation".
      • 4 Years Ago
      Want.... Saabaru

      :-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      it kinda looks like the next-gen Saturn mini-SUV if there was going to be a next-gen SUV. Anywho....
      • 4 Years Ago
      I used to work at a SAAB dealership when old men would still drive their cars in and brag to each other how many miles were on the odometers. Was hoping Spyker (sp?) would bring back some of that passion.


      Nope.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The 9-4x has nothing to do with Spyker, though, as you should know...
      • 4 Years Ago
      KIA appears to have taken note of the SAAB 9-4X concept when it debuted, because this looks a lot like the KIA Sorento. That's not a bad thing, mind you, but it doesn't quite look distinctive anymore.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Make Jessica Biel drive one of these!
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's a product that was fully developed and ready to ship a year ago, if not for the pre-Spyker situation. It's a handsome design, and not as gaudy (or unique) as the Cadillac SRX it was developed in conjunction with.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree.

        I'd MUCH rather have this over the gaudy (ugly) SRX. I can't stand that model.

        I don't think I'd take the 9-4x over a XC60 or GLK though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yawn.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Deep pockets?

        Spyker is upside down. They would have to have an investor or investors with more money than brains.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agree! I hope Spyker has deep pockets because with vehicles like this, I can't see Saab surviving in the long term.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Double yawn for the one trick design pony.

        Hopefully this will at least have a sunroof the first year out, unlike the 9-5. Seriously, a $50,000 car without a sunroof?
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