UPDATE: this has been moved back to the top for the convenience of all those visiting from Edmunds Inside Line. For your info, everything we currently know about the upcoming 9-4x is available at this link.
Following Ryan’s lead over at Saab Videos, I’ve also taken a screenshot of the 9-4x sketch shown by Jay Spenchian at the Saab Owner’s Convention last month. Ryan’s gone for size and I’ve gone for clarity. Unfortunately what you get in either instance is rather second-rate, but it’s as much as we can put our hands on at the moment.
I requested a copy of the original photo (which I thought was fair as it’s been shown to the public at the conference) but Saab USA want to play it close to their chest at this point. Fair enough.
Here’s what I’ve been able to lift and clean up slightly….
Now, I haven’t been able to confirm any of this or verify the source, but ‘Patric95’ left the following information in comments:
The 9-4X will be on sale in the spring of 2008 as a 2009. Around march or april of 2008. This comes from an extremely reliable source. Some specs are as follows: the 2 engines – the 2.8v6 250hp and a new 300 hp turbo. The vehicle will be produced in Mexico for all markets. And the design is something of a cross between FX45 and a Land Rover Discovery but with the AeroX front end design language. The platform being a modified Epsilon 2.
UPDATE: This is still hearsay at this point, but ‘Patric95’ assures me that the source is rock solid.
For those of you outside the US, click here to see the infiniti FX45. I’m sure glad the 9-4x will have Aero-X styling as the Infiniti’s been beaten senseless with the ugly stick in the front! It’s just design cues he’s hinting at here anyway, but sheesh!
The revelation of a 300hp turbocharged engine is a new one. I wonder if that’s a ramped up 2.8 or some other size?
The Epsilon2 construction confirms other things I’ve heard mentioned, including the very first 9-4x revelation from the original Djup Strupe. Previous info has made mention of an Epsilon-Theta mixed platform, though that seems to defeat the purpose of having a platform, doesn’t it?
Mexico’s also been mentioned previously, too.
The northern spring of 2008 seems a little early to be a MY2009 though.