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Despite sharing a good deal of componentry with it’s Cadillac cousin; the SRX; Saab’s upcoming 9-4X crossover is not following the same path as the Caddy for 2012; at least when it comes to engines.
Cadillac has decided to change the engine lineup in the SRX; replacing the previous turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6; also used in versions of the Saab 9-3 and 9-5; with the 3.6-liter V-6 from the CTS.
However; for the 9-4 X; outgoing Saab CEO Jan Ake Johnsson says that the 3.0-liter V-6 as used in the base SRX and the 2.8-liter turbo will remain the only engine options. Some have said that a smaller displacement diesel could have perhaps been offered, primarily for buyers in Europe, but that idea has been nixed by Saab, at least for the time being.
“We could probably double our sales volume of the 9-4X in Europe with a diesel. But the 9-4X is really a vehicle for markets like the US, Russia, China and Australia where gasoline is the traditional buyer preference,” said Jonsson.
[Source: Left Lane News]
Saab is about ready to launch its second model since leaving General Motors, the 9-4X, and new spy photos of the crossover doesn’t leave much to the imagination. Caught by the folks at AutoExpress, the 9-4X looks much as we suspected.
When it does launch, presumably at the Paris Auto Show this Fall, it will be offered with three engine choices, a 2.9-liter diesel (for Europe), a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a range-topping 2.8-liter turbocharged V6. That engine is also found in the Cadillac SRX, which is not surprising as the 9-4X’s platform also comes from the SRX.
See more pics of the 9-4X at the link below.