Saab 9-4X debuts [w/video]

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It’s not always easy to get excited about crossover models but the new Saab 9-4X has just had its debut at the LA auto show and it is one sweet-looking crossover. We’re even more excited by it because it’s the next significant model in the Swedish automaker’s new, independent future under Spyker cars. These official pics probably don’t do justice to the harmonious bulk of this vehicle, in which case check out the live pics from the show from the guys at Autoblog.com.

We’re not keen on hazarding a guess as to how the 9-4X will do against its competitors because this is a crowded and hard-hitting segment with other models like the Audi Q5 and BMW X3 well established on the European car market. In addition, the 9-4X is still built on a General Motors platform so it’s not the novelty it might be in the future. But its good looks could get it across the race line first as it definitely displays a sportier crossover style with plenty of Saab personality which we hope to get used to seeing on the streets of the old continent.

The new Saab 9-4X comes with two petrol engine options: a 3.0-litre aspirated unit with direct injection, 270 hp and 302 Nm, and a 2.8-litre Twin-Scroll turbine job with 305 hp and 400 Nm. Both come with Saab’s XWD four-wheel traction, while the three-litre engine option is also offered in a front-wheel drive format. We’ll admit that a diesel unit will probably help the Saab 9-4X on its road in Europe but there are no reports about that yet. It will be available in the US from May and in Europe from August next year.

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