More Saab 9-4x from Boston

John McF went along to the New England Auto Show today and emailed me the following:

The Saab stand was quite a lively place tonight. I was very impressed with the amount of people flocking Saab. I am biased but I would say it was the most impressive display at the show.

And yes, we have a few photos as well of the black Saab 9-4x.

The 9-4x looks great and it’s fantastic to see Saab bring their beautiful Saab stand to the New England show.

Thanks to John for the info.

Carl-Henrik
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Carl-Henrik
5 years 9 months ago

Beautifuuuuul! Great to here these reports. What would I do without SU??… Hm.. probably work.. 😉

Tobias Andreen
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Tobias Andreen
5 years 9 months ago

That look like the entrylevel 9-4X. Like it, hoping for more photos of the interieor as well.

Smithy
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5 years 9 months ago

I’ll take one in white thanks!
(Aero as well)

The right colors and the right gear makes this ride look like a concept car.

Pedro
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Pedro
5 years 9 months ago

I agree. I think lighter colors fit the 9-4X better than dark ones.

Carl-Henrik
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Carl-Henrik
5 years 9 months ago

The more I see this blue-tinted section of the headlights I like it more and more. I would love to see that adapted to all other models as well. Anybody agree or disagree with me on that point?

Seb C
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Seb C
5 years 9 months ago

Hard to really tell from pictures, but the blue headlights on the 9-4X seem overdone to me, I much prefer the subtler treatment of the 9-5.

Jake
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Jake
5 years 9 months ago

I’m glad that the base model has the same fascia as he Aero.

Now they’ll never know if people cheap out 😀

Carl-Henrik
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Carl-Henrik
5 years 9 months ago

BMW has done so for very long time here in Sweden. They all look the same but it’s hard to tell the difference.

Jürg U
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Jürg U
5 years 9 months ago

I like it and I think it is a very good line extension. As I showed it to a friend he was really surprised (in a positive way) I think this car is gonna rock and I can’t wait to testdrive it. Even when the decision to drop my convert is very very hard, I really consider of buying one. So I have another year with my convert before I have to decide.

Brett
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Brett
5 years 9 months ago

I’m headed over there tonight with some friends. I can’t wait to see the Saab stand!

Jörgen Trued - SUHRT
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Jörgen Trued - SUHRT
5 years 9 months ago
Sorry to say that the 9-4x looks so ordinary/averege. Looks like any small size SUV could have been a Korean or Japaneze car. It does not stand out in any way. Must say the sibling from Cadillac that comes out of the same Mexican plant has a better unique look. Feels like it is going to be yet another side-track in Saab history just like the 9-7 and 9-2. — Also there is the feel that the cars are revealed to early, who want to buy a car a year later when there is a great chance someone else have… Read more »
Me
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Me
5 years 9 months ago
Sorry but what you say is not fair, the 9-4x is being presented in the USofA, where you will be able to buy it in March/April. Yes it will take longer till the car comes to Europe, but in 2010 the concept of local News doesn’t exist any more. And regarding the next 9-3, I think they have to do it. They have to create some hype on that car, make people believe on Saab again, and simply tell people to wait a little bit more if they don’t want to buy just another “GM” 9-3. BTW, look at Audi.… Read more »
Olav
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Olav
5 years 9 months ago
Sorry to say that the 9-4x looks so ordinary/averege. Looks like any small size SUV could have been a Korean or Japaneze car. It does not stand out in any way. Must say the sibling from Cadillac that comes out of the same Mexican plant has a better unique look. Feels like it is going to be yet another side-track in Saab history just like the 9-7 and 9-2. I tend to agree, Jörgen. At least when I saw it in this great article coloured in black with that wheel combination, it really looks Korean/Japanese/ordinary. That said: I didn’t react… Read more »
RS
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RS
5 years 9 months ago
Here’s my 2 öre on the subject. The 9-4X definitely looks really good for a SUV and if it drives like a Saab (ok no low center gravity in this case) it is a SAAB. It’s also a crucial car in the ‘save Saab project’ in terms of revenue creation. In all fairness the base 9-3SS (Linear) looked anything but impressive imo when it was introduced in 03. No color matched door handles, unpainted grey body parts and so on. Now it’s real Saab like any other. Does anybody know why it takes so long to get the 9-5SC out?… Read more »
RS
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RS
5 years 9 months ago

Why not come up with a world-wide initiative that if You buy a PRESENT 9-3 and then in the fall of 2012 wants a 9-3, Saab would trade that car in for a preset. value

Jörgen, I like this. Much better than hefty incentives right now.

Me, is that 130hp TTiD exactly the same engine as the 180hp?

Me
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Me
5 years 9 months ago

I think so.
And if you look at the planed Hirsch updates for that engine(s), it looks like more income will flow to St. Gallen than to Trollhättan.
They have listed an Upgrade to 200hp for the 180hp TTiD and the 160hp TTiD engine.
And the same is with the petrol engines. They have listed an update to 240hp for the 210hp XWD engine and for the 163hp XWD engine, all though the later one is not available.

PatrikH
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PatrikH
5 years 9 months ago

I think the size of the wheels on the 9-4X is the answer. It looks much better with larger wheels on.

JH
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JH
5 years 9 months ago

Yes it does, but these wheels are not small at all, 18 inches… The Aero wheels are 20 inches. However, I think the Saab 9-4X looks nice as a base model too, but I think one has to see it in reality to really appreciate it. It would be really nice to see one in Crystal Red metallic. 🙂

dennt
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dennt
5 years 9 months ago

They picked the wrong wheel package!!! Those wheels look awful. What is with the plastic trim. that does not look good either.

Bjorn
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Bjorn
5 years 9 months ago
Looks like a gussied up Chevy Equinox (GMC Envoy?) with a SAAB grill and dash. Nothing new here.. Just the same old rebadging like the 9-2x, 9-7. Very dissapointing indeed. If this is what SAAB is banking on to save it from it’s own demise than G-d help us! Why would anyone buy a SAAB 9-4X when the competition has better equipped vehicles for way less with a more solid dealer network and reputation? I really love SAAB and have owned three 9000 sedans and even a 1982 SAAB 900 Turbo (which had lots of warts but still lovable). I… Read more »
Jr.
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Jr.
5 years 9 months ago

I guess you havn’t seen many 9-2X or 9-7X, because this car looks much more like a Saab than those. And don’t forget to look at the Alfa 164 next to a Saab 9000, when talking about rebadging.

I like the 9-4x, it’s much better then the privous attempt (9-7x).

Henrik
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Henrik
5 years 9 months ago
In these days with platform-sharing etc, one should be very distinct when using the word “badge engineering”. Badge engineering is trying to fool the customer in buying something that really is somethin else. Platform-sharing is something totally different, cars are developed side by side, but still with different focus. Drive a Skoda Octavia and a Audi A3 and you will find these cars as far from eachother possible. To me, the most singnificant difference is between sister-cars Ford Mondeo and Volvo V70, the Volvo, although not me cup of tea feels really solid and weel-built, while the Ford is torture… Read more »
RS
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RS
5 years 9 months ago
Bjorn, the pealing dash was extremely annoying but I had the parts replaced under factory warranty. A 2007 car had to be under one? I’ve seen for example French cars that have been much much worse. Door handles, window switches, the works. On the torque steer. Thanks to GM’s attempt (ones again) to save a couple of bucks, Saab was forced to change the hydraulic powersteer. With a set of sporty fat tires torque steer became an issue especially around the time you owned the 9-3. Dealers becoming in love with the 17” wheels turned many away after the test… Read more »
Jr.
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Jr.
5 years 9 months ago

One thing, in a swedish car magazine lately, they tested the Cadillac SRX as a preview of the 9-4X, and one thing that scared me was that it had the U-rail system and the same LCD in the center of the speedometer. I thought these details was Saab-exclusive! Too bad…

Dejjo
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Dejjo
5 years 9 months ago

I have to say, i really hate the rear lights. they look soo wierd. why not take the 9-5 light and put them on, they look fantastic.

really ruins the back off the car……:(

Jr.
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Jr.
5 years 9 months ago

Can someone please highlight the difference between the 9-5 and 9-4X tail lights?

Joe C.
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Joe C.
5 years 9 months ago

All that plastic really sets this thing off doesn’t it.? This thing offers nothing that has not been done already. Maybe the night panel will help sell it. This thing will sell average at best. The 97x looked much better even with the platform sharing. Nothing to see here….move along….

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