By David Thomas on October 18, 2010
The rebirth of Saab as an independent automaker would founder without a compact SUV. The luxury market is flooded with them, and for most automakers they’re selling extremely well. Saab knows this and that’s why it tried to bring its 9-4X to market as soon as possible. Like the new 9-5, however, it’s a few years behind schedule because of GM’s bankruptcy and sale of Saab.
What we see today is no surprise. The 9-4X is Saab’s version of the Cadillac SRX, sporting the same powertrains and similar dimensions. Saab’s all-wheel-drive system, called XWD, is unique and will be optional on base models and standard on the Aero.
The engine choices include a 265-horsepower V-6 and on the Aero trim, a 300-hp, turbocharged V-6. Both are teamed to a six-speed automatic.
It will be nearly three years since the 9-4X prototype was first shown at an auto show, and the production version will go on sale nearly a year and a half after the SRX hit the market.
Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David