Sharing much of the same architecture as the Cadillac SRX, the new Saab 9-4x also comes with the same 3.0L V6 and 2.8L turbocharged V6 engines, pumping out 265 and 300 horsepower respectively. Torque vectoring all-wheel-drive is available, while a 6-speed automatic gearbox helps put the power down. It’s a handsome crossover in person, nice materials, and lots of room inside.
This is the last model jointly developed with GM, by the way.
New Saab Designer Jason Castriota is working on a new 9-3 that they promise will be instantly recognizable as a Saab even without any badging. Check out our live pics and the press release below.
Official release after the jump:
Saab Highlights at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show
Saab Automobile makes the headlines at this year’s Los Angles Auto Show by launching the 9-4X, its first crossover vehicle, and showing its 9-3 ePower, the prototype for a fleet of all-electric test vehicles.
Taking center stage and making its world debut, the purposeful 9-4X goes on sale in May next year and will give Saab access for the first time to the growing, mid-size luxury crossover segment. It offers comfort and versatility alongside car-like driving qualities and will provide a fresh, alternative choice for buyers in the segment.
Sharing the spotlight is Saab’s first EV, the Saab 9-3 ePower, the prototype for a test fleet of 70 vehicles which will participate in extensive field trials in Sweden next year. It is a full-sized wagon with a projected driving range of approximately 200 kilometers that pushes the boundaries of current EV performance.
Saab’s LA stand also features the full range of the newly-launched 9-5 sedan, now including a 220 hp, BioPower engine.
“We are now embarking on the biggest new product offensive in Saab’s history,” says Saab Automobile CEO Jan Åke Jonsson. “The 9-4X is the second new car we have introduced this year and it will significantly broaden the appeal of the Saab brand by giving us entry to the fast-growing crossover segment with a vehicle that is sporty and unmistakably a Saab.”
The Saab 9-4X will be unveiled Wednesday November 17 by Jan Åke Jonsson and Saab Automobile Chairman Victor Muller at a press conference on the Saab stand at 3.20 pm, South Hall Space 404.