More Saab 9-4x from Boston

Ryan F and serial drive-day organiser, Luke D Lewis, attended the New England Auto Show on the weekend and snapped a few more photos while they were there.

For those who like this sort of thing, there a shot underneath the 9-4x….

Like many who see it in person, Luke gives the Saab 9-4x the thumbs up…..

And finally, a little Java….

Thanks to Ryan and Luke for the pics…..

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.

Saab 9-4x at New England Auto Show

The New England Auto Show is on right now (Dec 1-5) and the Saab 9-4x is there, in black!

Luxvelocity was there and had a lot of kind things to say about the 9-4x and the Saab stand in general.

When Colleran was done speaking, the sheet was pulled off to reveal the all new SAAB Aero X concept inspired SAAB 9-4X. My initial thoughts when seeing the car in person was that this new SAAB is incredible sleek, sporty, and aerodynamic looking. It is a SAAB 9-5 in a mide scale luxury SUV package.

OK, the Aero-X and 9-4x bit is back to front, but you get the message….

The SAAB display in itself was the star of the New England Motor Show and did not differ too much from the LA display. Walking into the display made you feel like you were walking into a world of SAAB and the display had so much personality.

The Saab stand is indeed a beautiful thing.

I hope some of you get along to the New England show and see the Saab 9-4x for yourselves. As always, it’s much better in the metal.

The Saab stand at LA Auto Show

Here’s a look around the Saab stand from the LA Auto Show. Neither the lighting, nor my camera technique are good enough to show how it really looks, but you’ll get the idea.

I’ve been here since eeeearly this morning, before most of the press corps rolled up, and early today there were a couple of guys from an exhibition company standing nearby and I could hear them talking about how well this was laid out, how cool it looked. They’re not wrong.

I wanted to take you for a look around and show off some of the cool features, a few of which I noticed in photos from Paris but hadn’t seen first hand.

They’ve actually had a real iceberg made for the show. It’s melting as we speak….

The “leafblower” from Paris is in the house once again, though it seems to have a deadspot where there’s little airflow and leaves are gathering there. Seeing where in the home of capitalism, I suggested they fill it with dollar bills, but that idea got caught in the deadspot 🙂

Saab Leaf Blower

A new feature for LA is the massive paper airplane, which also doubles as a worktable. The pointy end can also be used to impale troublesome members of the media 🙂

All of these features are elements of the video showing on the big screen at the back, behind which is the garage for the 9-4x prior to it being revealed later today.

Here’s the video:

Yann Secouet – Saab ‘Elements’ from SeventySix on Vimeo.

The cars showing on the Saab stand include a Saab 9-5 Aero, the Saab 9-3 ePower SportCombi and a Saab 9-3 Convertible. They’ll be joined later on by the Saab 9-4x.

Saab 9-3 Convertible LA

Saab 9-3 Epower

Saab 9-5 LA

Each of the cars on show has it’s own iPad with information about the car available for viewing.

Saab iPads

And finally, an arty plane’s eye view of the Saab 9-3 convertible

Saab 9-3 Conv Art


Q & A – LA Auto Show

I am off to Los Angeles next week to see the all-new Saab 9-4x at the LA Auto Show.

Of course, all the Saab executives will be there and I’ll be catching up with all of them at one stage or another. I expect the following persons to be present for both media days:

  • Victor Muller (CEO, Spyker Cars NV)
  • Jan-Ake Jonsson (Saab President and CEO)
  • Jason Castriota (Saab Design)
  • Mikael Jakobsson (Saab 9-4x leader)
  • Mike Colleran (Saab Cars North America)
  • John Libbos (Saab Cars North America)

As is customary with these events, I’d like ask your questions and get the answers you’re looking for.

Comments are open.

I can’t promise to ask everything, but I’ll ask everything that I can.

Coming to the LA Auto Show next week – The Saab 9-4x

It’s only been a few weeks since the announcements were made, but I thought it might be good to take a look once again at what Saab will be showing at the Los Angeles Auto Show in less than a week from now.


New Saab 9-4X: World Premiere.

Scandinavian Choice for the Crossover Segment

* Saab enters fast-growing crossover segment
* Progressive Scandinavian design inspired by Aero X concept
* Car-like handling qualities deliver rewarding driving experience
* Advanced Saab XWD mated with Saab DriveSense adaptive chassis
* Spacious cabin, driver-focused cockpit and ample storage
* Compact, light, efficient engines: 265 hp 3.0V6i and 300 hp 2.8V6 turbo
* Flexible cargo management system

The new 9-4X brings unique Saab design and engineering values to the growing, luxury mid-size crossover segment. Distinctive Scandinavian and aircraft-inspired looks are combined with car-like handling and ride characteristics: this is a vehicle which delivers driving and design appeal in equal measure.

Making its world premiere at next month’s Los Angles Auto Show, the 9-4X expands Saab’s product portfolio to three car lines and will provide a fresh, alternative choice for independently-minded crossover buyers. It is an important next-step in the Swedish brand’s renaissance as an independent premium car manufacturer.

Saab 9-4x

Click to view full gallery of Saab 9-4 images.

Muscular and sporty to drive, the 9-4X is aligned in looks and size between the 9-3X all-rounder and new 9-5 sedan. Outside and inside, it communicates its Saab identity with clean, uncluttered design and signature motifs, such as its wraparound-effect windshield, ice block lighting theme, driver-focused cockpit and flexible cargo handling.

In true Saab tradition, the 9-4X delivers on its sporty persona. It is configured around a unique, purpose-designed crossover body structure, which has been key to delivering such excellent handling and ride properties. Its car-like driving dynamics can be enhanced still further by Saab’s advanced all-wheel-drive system, Saab XWD, and DriveSense adaptive chassis control. Both are standard with Aero, while Saab XWD is also available as an option.

Read moreComing to the LA Auto Show next week – The Saab 9-4x

Hirsch Performance Saab 9-5 at Zurich Auto Show

Marcel has very kindly sent through some photos from the Zurich Auto Show.

The car featured is the Hirsch Performance Saab 9-5, fitted with the following:

  • 330hp /430Nm (2.8T V6 XWD)
  • Forged 9×20” aluminium wheels
  • Stainless steel sports exhaust system
  • Brake upgrade (Saab accessory)
  • Lowering spring kit
  • Centre console upgrade
  • Aluminium pedals

Of course, most will be cusious about the upgraded center console, which hirsch have covered with leather. These photos were taken in show conditions, so the lighting’s a little harsh, but you’ll get the idea.


Thanks Marcel!

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