The first new Saab 94x rolls off the assembly line
Unlike future Saab models coming from the Swedish automaker that will carry more in-house design and architecture, the 9-4x was engineered during GMs control of Saab so it shares its underpinnings and drivetrain with the uber-popular Cadillac SRX crossover. Also, unlike some Saab models that are or will be produced in Sweden, the new 9-4x is built at the same Ramos Arizpe, Mexico production facility as the 9-4x’s Caddy cousin.
The very Saab 9-4x produced is an Aero model in Ice Pearl Metallic, powered by the turbocharged 2.8L V6 and sending the power to all four wheels via an automatic transmission and Saab’s XWD four wheel drive system. This new Saab sport ute wears the chassis number 00001 and it is destined for the Saab museum in Sweden once it has finished making a stop at a media event in the US.
Saab Automobile President & CEO Jan Åke Jonsson was in attendance at the Ramos Arizpe Production Facility and he offered the following quote on the day of the first 9-4x leaving the assembly line:
"This is a great day for Saab. The arrival of the 9-4X is another important step in the fulfillment of our business plan. This sporty and distinctive product will significantly broaden the appeal of our brand and give us access to an important new vehicle segment that is still growing, particularly in the United States."
The new Saab 9-4x is expected to reach US showrooms in May with the United Kingdom and other European markets waiting until the fall of 2011 for their chance at the new Swedish-badged/GM-engineered crossover.
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