• Feb 16, 2011
GM's Raymond J Chess and Saab CEO Jan Åke Jonsson w/Saab 9-4X No. 1 – Click above for high-res image gallery

It's been little over a year since Saab unveiled the 9-4X at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, and now the first production example has left the assembly line.

Envisioned when Saab was still under the General Motors umbrella, the 9-4X is based on the same Theta platform as the Cadillac SRX. As such, it's being built not in Trollhättan, Sweden, like other Saabs, but in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico.

This first example – an Aero model in Ice Pearl metallic with the 2.8-liter turbo V6 and XWD – carries the chassis number 00001, and will be displayed at Saab's museum in Sweden – after it makes the media rounds, of course. While you're waiting for the 9-4X to hit U.S. dealers in May, check out our galleries below along with the official production announcement after the jump.




[Source: Saab]
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FIRST SAAB 9-4X ROLLS OFF PRODUCTION LINE

The first Saab 9-4X crossover to be commercially produced has now rolled off the assembly line at the Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico.

Saab Automobile President & CEO Jan Åke Jonsson was on hand to see regular production begin, just three months after the 9-4X was unveiled last November at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show. Jonsson was joined by Executive Director Vehicle Lines, Anders Svensson, and 9-4X Product Manager, Mikael Jacobsson.

The first vehicle - chassis number 00001 - an Ice Pearl metallic Aero model with a 2.8V6 turbo engine, is bound for a media test drive event in the United States before being shipped to Sweden for display at the Saab car museum.

"This is a great day for Saab," said Jonsson. "The arrival of the 9-4X is another important step in the fulfillment of our business plan. This sporty and distinctive product will significantly broaden the appeal of our brand and give us access to an important new vehicle segment that is still growing, particularly in the United States."

Featuring Saab's advanced XWD all-wheel-drive system and adaptive chassis control, the 9-4X goes on sale in the United States in May, UK sales start late 2011 and Europe and other world markets are scheduled to begin from August.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Someone let me know when SLAAB isn't selling rebadged GM's.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Not really fair to call it rebadged, the 9-7x was a rebadge (a bad one at that, even though it was the best trailblazer by far), the 9-x was rebadged (albeit Subaru). The 9-4 is a chasis share car, same with the 9-5, sure its not ideal but its unique, also IIRC the 9-4x was SUPPOSED to be out before the current SRX which, but we all know how GM handled (read neglected) Saab so this shouldn't be a surprise that its a few years behind like the 9-5 in release.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I see your point, but they are significantly re engineered, although i can't completly dispute your claim because i'm not a huge fan of that fact either.
        • 3 Years Ago
        This is not a "rebadge", this is a platform share. This has different sheet metal, interior, ecu, fuel mapping, engine, suspension and handling characteristics from the Caddy. Claiming this is the same as the Cadillac is like claiming that mac & cheese is the same as lobster ravioli because they both share pasta.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Granted it's not a 9-7x, but if I want something built on a GM platform I can buy one for less money. I will be much more interested in SAAB when they start selling stuff they designed and developed. Then it might be worth the extra money. Of course like someone else mentioned, you can just wait for a lease return and get it for a song. They have horrible resale value.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh boy. A Mexican-built luxury ute. That's gotta fill you with pride of ownership!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Are they freakishly tall, or is the 9-4x really that short? The roof only comes up to their shoulders.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Gawd I hate these crossover things. I hope this sells to people who'd otherwise consider the equally insipid Q5/Tiguan/RDX/blah blah blahmobiles just so they can put a Saab in showrooms I'd pay for again.
      • 3 Years Ago
      No doubt a nice vehicle but an unwise purchase unless favorably leased.
      Saab's future in indeterminate and resale value is likely to be among the worst.

      • 3 Years Ago
      Saabillac.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Could as well be Saabolet, Saabuki or Saabaewoo since almost every GM division, however remote, has/had a clone based off the Theta platform. Oh, even Saabiac and Saaburn, to remind of certain, ahem, 'mature' GM brands...

        But this one is actually quite handsome (vs SRX) and looks kind of upscale (vs Chevrolet Equinox/Opel Antara).
        • 3 Years Ago
        Hello my friend, nice to see you came out from under your bridge today for another Saab related post. :)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will totally buy one used in a few years when the resale price has dropped like a rock (like all Saabs).
        • 3 Years Ago
        came here to post this......
        • 3 Years Ago
        there is a Saab dealer in my town, and their resale values are pretty damn high. I guess it depends what part of the country you're in. New England loves Saabs.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Interesting? out here on the west coast people love Subarus and Hondas. Saabs, not so much.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's one nice looking CUV
      • 3 Years Ago
      Slick lookin scooter.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm sorry but why is there not more discussion about who in the world attempted a mural of a Buick Rendezvous in the background?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dumb dumb dumb. The all new GM / Buick 9-5's are sitting in showrooms unsold. And the new 9-4X over $45,000 will sit unsold as well. A dealer near me has 2010 models in stock that he can't sell even with a $10,000 discount! Without demand each new car launch will fail and by the time the "all new" 9-3 arrives there will be no dealerships left. I'll stay with my Audi - honest brand with honest cars.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice looking.
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