Much has been made of the fact that there’s no diesel engine for the Saab 9-4x in Europe. Those who wish to bring their dissatisfaction to the surface again with the advent of this post – please save your keystrokes. It’s a regrettable situation, but everything’s been said already.
With that out of the way, Vi Bilgare in Sweden threw a few questions about the Saab 9-4x at Saab’s Swedish PR Manager, Hans-Jörgen Brandt, in their November 30 print issue.
The resulting article has been translated for us by JH:
Q: – Will there be differences between the 9-4X and the SRX in terms of the engine and gearbox? We drove the SRX with the 3-litre direct injection V6 engine with 260 hp and an automatic gearbox.
A: – The engine will be upgraded.
Q: – Will there be differences between the 9-4X and the SRX in terms of suspension, springs, shock absorbers, four-wheel-drive systems etc.?
A: – Yes, it will be customized for the Saab 9-4X.
Q: – What type of four-wheel-drive systems is it in the SRX and the 9-4X?
A: – Haldex.
Q: – Will there be a diesel engine? When? Where does it come from?
A: – Currently the engine lineup consists of the two engines that has antecedently been announced.
Q: – Are the prices for the 9-4X in Sweden finalised yet?
A: – No, they are not finalised yet.
Q: – Which is the target group for the 9-4X in Sweden?
A: – The target group is the customers who wants a different experience in the exciting and growing crossover segment.
Q: – Does Saab have the opportunity to cancel the 9-4X-project if it is not possible to find a diesel engine?
A: Saab has no plans to break signed contracts.
Of course, the interesting quote there is that the 3.0V6 will be upgraded in some way from the engine in 9-4x’s ugly sibling, the Cadillac SRX.
Outputs listed in the 9-4x press material indicate that the same power will be produced from this engine, so what form this upgrade will take remains a mystery. Perhaps it will be an emissions difference a-la the work done recently on the Saab 9-3 TTiD. Vi Bilgare called the SRX’s 269 g/km “planet-warming”.
I guess we’ll find out more when the model comes around for European launch.