Saab 9-4X to share a platform with new compact Cadillac CUV

Saab managing director, Jan-Ake Jonsson has confirmed that GM's Swedish brand is working with Cadillac on compact crossovers smaller than the current Trailblazer based 9-7x. The two new crossovers are expected to slot in between the BMW X3 and X5 in size, but although they share a platform, they will have totally different styling. Both of the new vehicles will be built in Mexico for sale world wide. Given the expected size of the vehicles and the fact that they are to built in Mexico, they will probably be derived from GM's Theta platform which underpins the new Saturn Vue and Opel Anterra.
Unlike the Saturn and Opel branded CUVs, the upmarket Saab and Cadillac will be powered by the new 2.9L V-6 diesel that was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show last March. It will be interesting to see if GM decides to offer the diesel in either vehicle in the US market since GM has previously indicated that they don't plan to offer that engine here. The Saab version at least will also use the new all-wheel-drive system recently introduced on the 9-3. Production should start within two years and a preview of the Saab could come as soon as Detroit show in January.

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