Saab CEO Jan Ake Jonsson has revealed the 9-4X will likely not offer a diesel engine. This is sad news, as it will likely hamper European sales.
When the Saab 9-4X was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week, we were a little surprised the company didn't mention anything about a diesel engine - now we know why.
Speaking with Automotive News, Saab CEO Jan Ake Jonsson stated the crossover is unlikely to offer a diesel option. As he explained, "...we have to find one, we have to test it, we have to install it, validate it, and you are two years into the life cycle." Considering the 9-4X is expected to exist in its current form for five to six years, Jonsson says a diesel would have a "very short payoff period."
While this decision will certainly hamper sales in Europe, the 9-4X was primarily designed for American consumers who should find the 265 PS (195 kW / 262 hp) 3.0-liter V6 and 300 PS (221 kW / 296 hp) turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 more than suitable.