Following on from Cadillac’s decision to cancel the 2.8T version of the SRX, there was some legitimate concern as to what that might mean for the Aero version of the Saab 9-4x.
The 9-4x and SRX are vehicles that were designed in parallel and will be built on the same production line. Given that the 2.8T HF V6 isn’t one that sees widespread use in GM’s portfolio, there is some concern that the cancellation of the engine in the SRX could mean it’s ‘curtains’ for it’s availability in the Saab 9-4x as well.
I contacted Saab PR in Sweden and received the following in my inbox this morning:
We will launch the 9-4X with the 2,8T version as planned but can’t publicly comment on lifecycle changes. We all believe people will be very impressed with that engine.
So it’s confirmed that Saab will launch the 9-4x with the 2.8T Aero version as planned.
I didn’t really ask anything about lifecycle changes so the inclusion is an interesting side note. It may be that Saab can change the engine in the Aero for another offering from GM if a suitable replacement comes along. Remember, Saab continue to have access to GM technology for some considerable time as part of the sale agreement between GM and Spyker.
A contact at GM Inside News has mentioned a 3.0 twin turbo engine that GM have under development, due for debut later this year in another new Cadillac. This is an engine that Saab would have most likely contributed to developing over the last few years (being GM’s center of expertise in turbocharging) and could be a potential candidate to replace the 2.8T.
That’s pure speculation, however. What we know from this little exchange is that Saab will keep going with the 2.8T in the Aero version of the Saab 9-4x.