• Mar 31, 2011
2012 Saab 9-4X – Click above for high-res image gallery

The 2012 Saab 9-4X is set to hit dealerships across the country in May. The cost of entry for the Scandinavian crossover will be $34,205 (including $825 in destination charges).

For $35K, you get a base 9-4X with front-wheel drive and a 3.0-liter direct-injected V6, which returns approximately 20 miles per gallon (combined). The range-topping 9-4X Aero, priced at $48,835, uses a General Motors-derived 2.8-liter turbocharged V6. That engine gets an estimated 18 mpg combined.

Then there's the diesel-engined 9-4X, the most fuel-efficient model in the crossover's lineup. Wait, what's that? You say there won't be a diesel-fueled 9-4X? Truth is, no oil-burning 9-4X exists. Not even in Europe.

Anders Svennson, Saab's vehicle line executive, told Ward's Auto that the automaker's conservative sales target for the 9-4X makes fitting it with a diesel engine cost prohibitive. Svennson admits that selling a diesel 9-4X in markets like Europe and Asia, as the automaker does with the 9-5 and 9-3 models, could raise the CUVs sales forecast of 12,500 units globally "several times." Apparently, even that's not enough to convince the Swedish automaker – which suffered a near-death experience in 2010 – to green-light an oil-burning 9-4X. Hopefully, other automakers won't cut out the diesel engine option because it's, um, cost prohibitive.

[Source: Ward's Auto]

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      • 3 Years Ago
      That's a joke, or? OK guys, save the money and make this a US car only.

      Not a single Cadillac SRX (same tech base) was sold here in Germany in the first two month of 2011. Now why should anybody buy the basically same car from a company about nobody knows, how long it'll survive?
      • 3 Years Ago
      they just don't want to be more indebted to GM for chassis and engine options. The fewer they make the less GM help they need before they can design and build one off they're own platform.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another SUV with masses of black cladding to hide the heft, from car designers clearly ashamed of their own design. Cover up the 9 inches of black cladding and you've got a a nice A3/Impreza shape
      • 3 Years Ago
      No diesel for Europe will be a deal breaker for many.