Saab has officially unveiled the 9-4X crossover at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Based on the Cadillac SRX, the 9-4X flaunts a minimalist Scandinavian design which recalls the 9-5 sedan and 9-4X BioPower concept. Notable styling features include a wraparound windshield, a 'hockey stick' waistline, bi-xenon headlights, a dual-exhaust system, and 18-inch alloy wheels (20-inchers on the Aero).
Inside, the cabin comes nicely equipped with leather upholstery, eight-way power seats, wood trim (faux carbon fiber in the Aero), mesh-style air vents, and a center console-mounted push-button ignition. Saab also offers a Bose audio system, GPS navigation (with an eight-inch touchscreen), tri-zone climate control, and a rear entertainment system.
The base 3.0-liter V6 produces 265 PS (195 kW / 262 hp) and allows the crossover to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 9.0 seconds. For added performance, the Aero uses a turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 which produces 300 PS (221 kW / 296 hp) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the crossover to run from 0-100 km/h in 8.3 seconds.
Regardless of what engine is selected, power follows through a six-speed automatic transmission and Saab's XWD all-wheel drive system. The latter can vary torque between the front and rear axles as well as transfer up to 50% of the torque to the rear wheel with the most traction (through its eLSD).
Pricing information hasn't been released, but U.S. sales are scheduled to begin in May. Europe and "other global markets" will have to wait until August.