9-4X – Saab presents first off-road vehicle
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The Saab 9-4X is based on the American Cadillac SRX, but has a distinct look. In Germany, the SUV will hit the market in mid-2011.
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Initially, there is a choice of two petrol engines with 265 or 300 hp.
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The main market for the SUV is North America, but the Swedes are also hoping for success with the new model in Europe.
The 9-4X will be the third model series from the small Swedish manufacturer Saab. The SUV is actually an American.
M.ith the premiere of a new SUV, Saab is making a sign of life at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The new 9-4X expands the Swedes’ product range to three models and competes against the BMW X5 and Mercedes M-Class.
The all-wheel drive had been announced several times before the former GM subsidiary was taken over by the Dutch sports car manufacturer Spyker. After the premiere, the market launch should finally take place in 2011. The start will be in the USA in spring, where the Cadillac SRX, its technical organ donor, is already on the market. The rest of the world should follow in the middle of the year.
Externally, the Saab 9-4X is clearly different from its model brother. The three-part grille and the sleek front cite stylistic elements of the Saab 9-5 sedan launched last year. The large windshield, which looks even wider thanks to the darkly painted A-pillars, is also part of the brand’s current face.
Off-road elements are completely absent, instead a sporty line is intended to attract lifestyle-interested SUV buyers. The interior also shows reminiscences of the aircraft construction from which Saab originally comes: Among other things, there is a speedometer in the style of an altimeter and joystick adjustments for the ventilation nozzles.
A sporty engine program should also contribute to success. The basic engine is a 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine with 265 hp, which accelerates the two-tonne car to 100 km / h in 9 seconds. Above that ranks a 300 hp 2.8-liter V6 turbo gasoline engine, as is also available in the Saab 9-5 and the Opel Insignia. He manages the standard sprint in nine seconds. The manufacturer has not yet given consumption data for either engine.
Power is transmitted to all four wheels by a six-speed automatic. A limited slip differential, which distributes the torque variably between axles and wheels, is supposed to ensure high driving dynamics. An adaptive chassis should adapt to the driver’s wishes at the push of a button. The standard equipment includes bi-xenon headlights with cornering lights.
Prices for the third model of the brand after the sedans 9-5 and 9-3 are not yet known. The relevant competitors with comparable engines are between 50,000 and 55,000 euros.
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