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Saab Introduces New 9-4X Crossover

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On: Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 9:57AM | By: Chris Weiss

Saab Introduces New 9-4X Crossover

With Paris officially out of the way, automakers are turning their attention to the next big show: the LA Auto Show, which runs from November 19 through November 28 (press days November 17 and 18). Saab gave the world a sneak preview of the next car in its revamped line-up: a crossover called the 9-4X.

The 9-4X is built on the same platform as GM cars like the Cadillac SRX and Chevy Equinox (GM owned Saab until earlier this year). Saab has detailed two engine options that will be offered in the mid-size crossover: a direct-injected 265-hp 3.6-liter V6 and a 300-hp turbocharged 2.8-liter six-cylinder in the Aero trim. Both engine options come with six-speed automatic transmissions with paddle shifters and will power all four wheels through Saab's XWD all-wheel-drive system. According to NY Times Wheels blog, Saab will not offer a diesel engine option.

The car hits 62 mph in 8.4 seconds and gives drivers the option of powering all the way up to 143 mph.

Outside, the car borrows design inspiration from the BioPower concept that the company showed at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, as well as from the earlier Aero X concept . The straight, slanted roofline, wraparound-style windows, and angled side window lines remind me of a less dramatic version of the Land Rover Evoque. Other notable aspects of the exterior include the three-part grille and 9-5 headlights. An interesting dual-mode lighting system switches from "Town Light," a flatter beam for speeds below 31 mph good for identifying pedestrians, and "Motorway Light," which casts the beam farther out for highway driving at speeds over 62 mph.

Inside, the Saab competes with other luxury crossovers with a variety of options including 8-inch-touchscreen navigation system, Bose 5.1 audio, independent climate control for passengers, and rear 8-inch LCD displays.

No pricing or release date has yet been detailed, but we expect to see more 9-4X details in LA.

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