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Production of the all-new 2011 Saab 9-4X crossover has started on schedule, despite the company's crippling financial woes. While production of the rest of the Saab lineup at its Trollhattan, Sweden plant has ground to a cash-strapped halt, 9-4Xs are rolling off the assembly lines in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico.

The plant producing the latest Saab is under contract to the Swedes from GM, and with any luck will help jumpstart a recovery. Under its very Swedish skin, the Saab 9-4X packs the same underpinnings as the 2011 Cadillac SRX.

The base model, which comes with a 265-hp 2.8-liter V6, starts at $33,380, with the top-whack, turbocharged model ringing the register at $48,010. Ominously for Saab, the 300-hp mill is the same engine Cadillac just pulled from the SRX lineup to deal with reliability issues.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Im very happy that the 9-4x entered full production on Monday the 16th. The 2.8t is an absolutly great motor! Best of luck to SAAB on the Pang Da deal. Thanks for keeping SAAB alive Mr. Muller!
      dave and mary
      • 3 Years Ago
      Gosh - who knew Saab would have financial troubles in this economy and with the mid-size market so flooded? Maybe I should ask - who DIDN'T know?
      Ace Convoy
      • 3 Years Ago
      9-5 Wagon please... yknow if they lower the prices they might actually sell.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really hope Saab can pull things together and survive. It would be so sad to see a one of the staples for oddball cars to leave. However since this is a Saab, the base engine should have a turbo no matter what. Saab is know for being turboed!
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      This engine was not pulled from the Cadillac due to reliability issues. It was a sales volume issue.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Exactly. Autoblog even reported on it themselves.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The reason why the 2.8T is still in the 9-4X is because it's a much torquier and sportier engine than the 3.6L GM LFX engine that's going to replace both 3.0L and 2.8T in the Cadillac SRX. Saab is appealing more to the buyers of European cars, while Cadillac chases after the more stable 55+ crowd (and Mary Kay reps) who just want a comfortable smooth ride. The 2.8T and 3.0L also are better for tax purposes in Europe so it makes sense to keep them on these engines for the time being. The 2.8T is a venerable engine, it was one of Wards 10 best engines, and with a relatively inexpensive Hirsch upgrade coming within the next year (under $1000) it can be upgraded to 330HP and 330lb/ft torque. After incentives and negotiations with your Saab dealer, for just under $50K, you'll be able to buy a fully loaded Aero (Nav, Xenon/LED lights, Panoramic Roof, Aircooled/Heated seats, rear entertainment, etc.). Compare that to the equivalent BMW X5 or Mercedes-Benz ML for near $60-65K and you're looking at not only a bargain, but a damn fine car.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This Saab saga if freaking sad, it's like watching your old loyal dog slowly deteriorate in front on you. You know it's better off just putting it down, but you don't want your old friend to go.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If it ain't Swedish made, I ain't buying it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        At least it will have a chance at being reliable.
      • 3 Years Ago
      great proportions, but that bar along the back is going to look old really really quick.
      • 3 Years Ago
      A v6 sounds perfect for what bimmer owners do. Come off the ramp, cut you off and go sit in traffic a mile down the road. Nobody cares how fast your car COULD go. Do you race it? No. Could you even quality? No. Can you even handle a stop light drag race? NO. I used to dust M3s daily in my fiero. It's not the car, but the driver and sorry bimmer fans your reputation is synonymous with douchebag.
        • 3 Years Ago
        This article is about a Saab. (**Please do not feed the trolls.**)
      • 3 Years Ago
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