Positive Impressions of the 9-4x

Today was the first press day of the new 9-4x outside Washington, DC today at the Swedenburg Estate Winery in Middleburg, VA. While the severe thunderstorms made the weather atrocious, it may have actually shown off the incredible abilities that Saab has baked in with their XWD system. While impressions are embargoed on the car for a little bit longer, James Bell from the Motor Press Guild came away with a good feeling. From a USA Today blog post:

Bell test drove the new 9-4X crossover today and snapped a photo of it outside the Swedenburg Winery in Middleburg, above. While the embargo hasn’t lifted yet on driving impressions, he says “rest assured that this vehicle should put this venerable brand back on discriminating shopping lists across the country.”

9-4x test drive outside Swedenburg Winery. Photo by James Bell

We’ll have much more coverage of the 9-4x from the New York International Auto Show later in April and also follow up once articles are published.

Doctor Donk
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Doctor Donk
5 years 6 months ago

Would be nice to compare it with 9-5 NG in comfort, ride quality and noise isolation

Rob in Loudoun
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Rob in Loudoun
5 years 6 months ago

Hey! This is 10 minutes from my house. Wish I had a head’s up I could have snuck some pictures. Not a lot of ways in or out of the area. We did have severe Tstoms and hail last evening. Great country roads to try the car on in the area.

Chris H
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Chris H
5 years 6 months ago
Jeff; To answer both questions about Saab/GM dealers here in the US, and the new 9-4X introduced today outside of Washington, here are my thoughts. It will sell even better at the Caddie/ GM/ Saab dealers than the stand alone dealers. Why? Because you are going to place it in front of your major buying group, the well- to-do upper income SUV buyer, who may not want to spent an additional $10 plus grand on the Caddie. If the leasing deal is half way good, which worries me at lot, it could improve sales numbers. Remember, though many SU posters… Read more »
Chris H
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Chris H
5 years 6 months ago

Jeff, Well….. this allows us to set up a little test for our GM dealer. When the 9-4x shows up I will walk in their door, and act like I want a cross-over, but don’t know anything about either the SRX, or the 9-4X, and see what happens. Will he point my towards the Caddie, or Saab? Of course because all I drive are Saabs, I will have to park far down the street and walk in. Should be fun!

StefanH STHLM 93X
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StefanH STHLM 93X
5 years 6 months ago

A giant Off Topic for all Stockholmers!
Have seen on Saabs swedish homepage that they will show us all new vehicles in Nacka strand?
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Indep Cab, 9-5SC, PhoeniX, 9-4X!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stefan
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Stefan
5 years 6 months ago

And here is the link:

http://www.saabsverige.com/se/sv/start#/world/news-and-events/news-archive/Varsalong/carrousel:all/

// Another 9-3 owning Stefan from Sthlm πŸ˜‰

StefanH STHLM 93X
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StefanH STHLM 93X
5 years 6 months ago

Coooooolt!

Alex
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Alex
5 years 6 months ago

Great news for us in Stockholm!!!! I will be there…

Eagle63
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5 years 6 months ago

I’m defenitely gonna buy the 9-4X, to replace a 9-7X; surely its a more refined vehicle.
Although I do think the 9-7X has somewhat moreoff-road capabilities; it did quite good when we compared it with a few other similar vehicles; not as good as a Grand Cherokee but better than an XC-90 (although I did like Volvo’s T6 engine very much..)

Peter
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5 years 6 months ago

Hello,

Perhaps already written about … But found another the next Saab 9-3 Review:

http://www.caradvice.com.au/111652/2012-saab-9-3-mule-spy-photos/

Aero
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Aero
5 years 6 months ago

Regarding above show at Nacka Strand – Im in shipping and we just received a request for air freight both the 9-5 and Phoenix from Stockholm to New York. πŸ™‚

StefanH STHLM 93X
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StefanH STHLM 93X
5 years 6 months ago

Cool real life report. πŸ™‚

Saabster
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Saabster
5 years 6 months ago

Based on the number of Cadillac SRX’s I’ve seen the last few months, the 9-4x should sell well in the US. I’ve traveled a bit lately and I’m seeing the SRX’s everywhere and in areas I typically never see people driving Caddies.

2natw
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2natw
5 years 6 months ago

This is like 10 mins from my house! I wish I knew about this.

74stingray
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74stingray
5 years 6 months ago

The 9-4X will do very well, no doubt about it.

Beren Erchamion
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5 years 6 months ago

My son and I are going to the NYAS – just ordered a couple of matching Saab t-shirts from the custom shop. Anyone else going? My goal is to get a pic of us with a nice Saab-ie girls and a 94x or perhaps a 95 Aero.

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