I wish I could get excited from a new vehicle point of view about these photos. But I can’t. Not to the degree I’d like to, at least.
I’m excited because theoretically I know that the 9-4x is coming. I know there’s a very good chance that it’s the 9-4x that’ll be shown at the NAIAS in Detroit, in January 2008.
But seeing these tells me nothing about what the 9-4x will look like, which is, of course, the first feel that we can get for the vehicle.
Regardless, it’s good to see this mule is still out and about. Djup Strupe snapped these photos with a mobile phone just yesterday in Uddevalla (about 30 mins from Trollhattan). A Saab guy came up to the vehicle shortly thereafter so our DS jetted and shot these off to me via email.
I’ve re-sized one to show here. Click on the thumbnails below to see bigger images.
This vehicle was first spotted a few months ago after it’s initial arrival in Sweden and I’ve posted some thoughts about it in previous entries on this blog. It’s got a 9-7x front and Trailblazer rear, but these are all just panels fitted to cover what’s believed to be the 9-4x chassis and running gear underneath.
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It’s believed the all-new SUV will make it’s first public appearance in early 2008 at the NAIAS. Whether that’ll be in final trim or in concept form isn’t known.
The consensus opinon of insider info coming to me that this vehicle will commence sales early in 2009, though Saab are really keen on getting this product to market and a late-2008 start, in line with the 2009 model year, mightn’t be out of the question.
It’s interesting though, in other 9-4x related news, that Jalopnik are showing spyshots of a camo’d Cadillac BRX, which is going to be the platform sibling of the 9-4x. They regard the Caddy version as being a 2010 vehicle.
Will Saab get this platform before Cadillac? I seem to recall one journo in Australia asking that of a Saab Oz employee and getting an answer in the negative.
So I guess we’ll have to look to Detroit in January to provide more of the answers we need.