For all of you who might be interested in a 9-4x but haven’t checked in with your dealer to find out pricing information, we have two resources you’ll be interested in checking out. Until saabusa.com can get retooled, which should be happening soon, this is your best bet.
First up, carsdirect.com has a configurator for the 9-4x up, which allows you to select every possible configuration, from FWD to XWD, Base 3.0L, Premium 3.0L, and Aero 2.8XWD. (Also, for non-US Saabers who want to play with it but don’t know a zip code, try mine- 10011). Unfortunately at the end of the process, they make you submit your name and email to get a pricing analysis. Which leads us to the next site which doesn’t do that…
Truecar.com has an even more in depth configurator, which shows invoice and dealer cost. One interesting note I took from playing around with them is that the Aero gives you a lot for your money when it comes to options– if you want the most for your money and you care about a sunroof and navigation, it’s best to just opt for the Aero rather than optioning out an XWD 3.0 Premium. I don’t expect the FWD versions to sell well in the Northeast, but in warmer climates they should certainly make a dent.
As a reminder, here are the specs and options for the 9-4x:
Given that every other fourth or fifth car I see on roads around the suburbs in New York are Lexus RX350s , I think Saab is off to a good start with the 9-4x. I’ll have a competitive analysis update comparing the 9-4x with BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, and even the new Ford Explorer up by the weekend, so hold your comments on that for a little bit please :).