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The Saab 9-4X is a compact luxury crossover SUV introduced by Swedish automaker Saab at the LA Auto Show 2010. It is based on the all-wheel-drive GM Theta Premium platform which also forms the basis for the Cadillac SRX.[2] The 9-4X began production in 2011 and was built at Ramos Arizpe, Mexico but stopped before the end of the year due to the bankruptcy of Saab.

Saab 9-4X
Saab 9-4X -- 04-08-2011.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer General Motors
Production 2010-December 2011[1]
Model years 2011–2012
Assembly Ramos Arizpe, Mexico
Body and chassis
Class Small luxury crossover SUV
Body style 4-door SUV
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive / all-wheel drive (Saab XWD)
Platform GM Theta Premium
Related Cadillac SRX
Powertrain
Engine 2.8 L Turbo LAU V6
3.0 L LF1 V6
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 110.5 in (2,807 mm)
Length 190.1 in (4,829 mm)
Width 75.0 in (1,905 mm)
Height 66.1 in (1,679 mm)
Chronology
Predecessor Saab 9-7X
Saab 9-4X concept

The focus of the 9-4X took shape once the Saab 9-6X project was cancelled, after the divestment by General Motors of its holding in Subaru. The 9-4X replaces the larger United States built Saab 9-7X mid-size luxury SUV, production of which ceased in December 2008. The 9-4X concept made its debut at the 2008 North American International Auto Show.[3] The car was released at the 2010 LA Auto Show as a 2011 model year vehicle. The production car is almost identical to the 2008 concept on the exterior and similar to the second generation Saab 9-5 on the inside. The car began selling as a 2011 model year vehicle in June in the US and in August elsewhere. The 9-4X was the first and only Mexican-built Saab.

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ProductionEdit

General Motors manufactured the 9-4X and the closely related Cadillac SRX at the Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, assembly plant.[4] The company announced that the 9-4x would go on sale in 2010 to bolster Saab's position in the United States, the brand's largest marketplace[5] However, the first unit was produced in February 2010, and it will be displayed at Saab's museum in Sweden.[1] In November 2011 General Motors announced that production of the 9-4X would end because General Motors was unwilling to provide a modern chassis and engine to a Chinese buyer that was a potential competitor to General Motors in China.[6] It has been reported that 614 units were assembled during the 9-4X's brief 2011 production run.[7] However, VIN numbers for 2011 go over 600, and there were approximately 60 9-4X 2012 models produced. According to information at the Saab Museum in Trollhättan, Sweden, 814 9-4X units were produced.

SpecificationEdit

The 9-4X was launched with a choice of two petrol V6 engines: a 3.0 L producing 265 bhp (198 kW; 269 PS), 223 lb⋅ft (302 N⋅m) torque and a 2.8 L turbo with 300 bhp (224 kW; 304 PS), 295 lb⋅ft (400 N⋅m). A diesel engine for the European market was discussed, but not offered.[8]

3.0i V6 2.8T V6 Aero
Production 2011
Engine characteristics
Engine type V6-petrol
Fuel injection Spark Ignition Direct Injection (SIDI)
Turbo no yes
Displacement 2997 cm³ 2792 cm³
Power 195 kW (265 bhp) at 6950/min 221 kW (300 bhp) at 5300/min
Torque 302 Nm at 5100/min 400 Nm at 2000/min
Layout
Driving Four-wheel drive
Transmission 6-automatic
Measurements
Acceleration, 0–100 km/h 9,0 s 8,3 s
Top speed 210 km/h 230 km/h
Fuel consumption (l/100 km) 11,7 l 12,2 l
CO2-emission (g/km) 271 g/km 286 g/km

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Joseph, Noah (16 February 2011). "First Saab 9-4X rolls off the assembly line". autoblog. Retrieved 4 July 2017. 
  2. ^ Swan, Tony (May 2011). "2011 Saab 9-4X - The last of the GM-based Saabs". Car and Driver. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Saab small SUV set for production in Mexico". Auto123.com. October 8, 2007. Retrieved October 10, 2007. 
  4. ^ Ulrich, Lawrence (16 September 2011). "A Hail-Mary Pass as the Clock Runs Down". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Hetzner, Christiaan (13 January 2009). "Saab's U.S. margins improve as sales plunge". Reuters. Retrieved 4 July 2017. 
  6. ^ Berkowitz, Justin (2011-11-07). "GM Pulls Plug on 9-4X Crossover Production As Saab Moves Toward Chinese Ownership". Hearst Communications. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  7. ^ autonews.com
  8. ^ de Oliviera, Paolo Soares (November 14, 2005). "Saab considers sports car, plans SUV; two-seater concept will be shown at Geneva show". AutoWeek. 

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