The Saab 9-4X first made its motor show rounds in 2008 as the 9-4X Biopower Concept. Now that the Swedish marque is alive and kicking under new ownership, it’s ready to debut the production version of the mid-sized crossover. Venue and time? The LA Auto Show in November, as revealed by the show organiser’s Twitter page.
The cleanly designed 9-4X will be built in GM’s plant in Mexico alongside platform buddy Cadillac SRX and should hit showrooms by the first quarter of next year, which is in line with the brand masterplan by Spyker.
Powertrains should be similar to the new 9-5’s – a 220 bhp 2.0-litre turbo four-pot and a 300 bhp 2.8-litre V6 for the Aero. Six-speed manual and auto gearboxes are available from Saab and the 9-4X should come with Trollhättan’s XWD system.
The crossover segment is really booming in the US. Ford, whose good looking Edge has sold 400,000 units in four years, says that the sector has expanded by 220% since 2006. The Blue Oval expects a further 20% growth this year as Americans jump into smaller and more efficient vehicles.
More pictures of the 9-4X Biopower Concept after the jump.
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