9-4x Snippets

First of all, “Towiig” just dropped the following in comments:

According to a local saab-dealer the new 9-4x will come in nov/des 07 as a 08my. in the beginning only the engine 2.8V6 will be available just to get the big attention for it (important engine for usa?). Afer a couple of months the biopower and the diesel will come. The car will first be shown at the 60 th anniversary in june at Trollättan. It is based on the epsilon II platform.

Very interesting…..

What I think Towiig’s dealer is referring to is the MY08 Saab 9-3, but perhaps in the SportCombi guise.

Could we be hearing some further mutterings of a nomenclature change? I think SaabKen was the first to speculate on this a few weeks or so ago.

i.e. the Sport Sedan and Convertible will retain the 9-3 badge but the SportCombi fitted with XWD will get a 9-4x badge?

It’s an interesting thought and one that gives Saab a genuine extra name in the model line and significant enough changes to justify it.

UPDATE: According to Patric95 in comments, we can cut this thought right now.

The 9-4X name will not be used on the 9-3 Combi awd. And the target intro date is Jan of ’09. The revamped 9-3’s will be the news for Saab for at least a year to year and a half. Sedan first,combi, and then awd 9-3. Plus although not new for everyone..the US market will get the E85 cars. Sadly the dealer who gave that info is not correct.

So who’s right?

Well, all I can say is Patric’s been pretty accurate in the past.

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Of course, the vehicle we’ve all been used to referring to as the 9-4x isn’t being made yet, but it is on the plans, most likely for 2009.

MotorTrend has an article today on Carl-Peter Forster and Bob Lutz talking up use of the Lambda architecture for the Saab Crossover.

Forester clearly believes that a Saab conceived and developed ute-like vehicle (crossover, anyone?) would be just the ticket to help return the brand to profitability. GM global product chief Bob Lutz has said Saab would be a likely candidate for a vehicle based on the automaker’s Lambda architecture, which underpins the new GMC Acadia among others. A purpose-built Saab with Lambda underpinnings would make sense from a cost and resource perspective.

Here’s the GMC Acadia for anyone that’s interested…..

…..and here’s all we know so far about the 9-4x so far.

Thanks Turbin

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10 Comments

  1. The 9-4X name will not be used on the 9-3 Combi awd. And the target intro date is Jan of ’09. The revamped 9-3’s will be the news for Saab for at least a year to year and a half. Sedan first,combi, and then awd 9-3. Plus although not new for everyone..the US market will get the E85 cars. Sadly the dealer who gave that info is not correct.

  2. Ok, im sorry, but that link to the arcadia or w/e. That first picture on the bottom w/ that huge plastic fugly bumper… is that what gm refers to as ‘premium quality’?

  3. Patrick, are you saying that the awd 9-3 will come out mid 08?? If so, that just doesn’t jingle with my expected car buying time frame 🙁

  4. I am only guessing, but I do not think that a “full” 9-4 will be seen until 1 year from now or so. We would have seen spy pics othervise. Maybe we will see a “consept” in Geneva 2008?

    I think the plan is to show the facelift of the 9-3 in T-hattan this summer, with the XWD at the Frankfurt autoshow this fall (is it september). In that way they are spreading the new stuff too. Maybe there is a show inbetween where they can show a black turbo version as well. I doubt they make to much at the same time. Its a small brand and they have to spread the news, and I do not blame them….

    I am still exited about the comment about light technology… mmm aero x…. Also, remeber that we have only seen pics of the cab and SC face, not the sedan. Wonder what is done to that trunk…? What would the aero x back (similar to a 9000S) look like?

  5. Honestly? If I was in the market for a vehicle of that size/class (with that much surface area up front), I would rather have that “huge plastic fugly bumper” than something that is going to chip up so bad it could use a full body shop treatment every 6 months like the front spoiler on my lovely Aero.

  6. The Acadia is only shown as a reference point for the size of the vehicle. The 9-4x may be built using the same architecture i.e. underpinning platform.

    I’m sure that what we’d see from Saab using this would be quite different.

  7. the 9-3 sedans back end will probably considered the most different save for the nose. It has more of a “flowing” c pillar which curves slightly inward. We were not given a rear shot but the profile will certainly create more visual presence. As it was only a photograph we were shown I guess its kind of wait and see…but I think it will start some positive buzz.

  8. 9-4x is coming in calendar year 2009. It’s on a car chassis (could be epislonII) looks real good, kind of like a lexus (yikes) rx. If it sells as well ok with me. Biopower for the us in 08…yahoo. Saab should be on the forefront on this ecological thing, they always been there why not flaunt it?

  9. 9-4x is coming in calendar year 2009. It’s on a car chassis (could be epislonII) looks real good, kind of like a lexus (yikes) rx. If it sells as well ok with me. Biopower for the us in 08…yahoo. Saab should be on the forefront on this ecological thing, they have always been out there on these matters why not flaunt it?

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