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by Brett Davis

Even though Saab is going through a bit of financial turmoil at the moment which has halted all work at the company’s plant in Sweden, it hasn’t stopped the production of the all-new Saab 9-4X crossover from going ahead at General Motors’ plant in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico.

Production at this facility hasn’t been affected by the company’s investment ups and downs in the past couple of weeks, as the 9-4X was a part of a contract between GM and Saab back when GM still owned the company. This has allowed the production of the funky new 9-4X to continue as scheduled.

The Saab 9-4X was developed on GM’s Cadillac SRX platform, sharing the same underpinnings and chassis. The entry-level 9-4X features a GM 3.0-litre V6 producing 198kW of power. This entry-level model will use front-wheel drive running gear and go on sale in the States for $US33,380 (approximately $31,500).

A range-topping model will also be built at the plant, offering the Australian-produced 2.8-litre turbocharged V6 engine, producing 221kW of power and 400Nm of torque. This model will hit the market with a price tag of $US48,010 ($45,300).

This is great news for Saab as this mid-sized SUV is expected to be a popular model in various markets. It certainly has the looks, and with a price of around $1000 cheaper than the equivalent Cadillac SRX, it’s also a bit of a bargain.

The Saab 9-4X will arrive Down Under towards the beginning of next year. Prices are yet to be finalised.




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