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by George Skentzos

While most cold-weather testing is merely used to see if a car’s equipment survives in sub-zero temperatures, Saab has taken its testing one step further by pitting its new 9-4X CUV against the winter elements off-road style.

This latest prototype has shed much of its heavy camouflage in favour of a snow leopard-inspired print, revealing for the first time much of the final production model’s design.

It draws a significant resemblance to the Saab BioPower concept which debuted late last year at the 2008 Detroit NAIAS.

2010 Saab 9-4X CUV spied

This Saab will start production at the Ramos Arizpe plant in the United States in the latter half of 2009, based on GM’s new TE-chassis which it shares with the upcoming 2010 Cadillac SRX.

In addition to a series of petrol engines, the 9-4X range will also boast a new 186kW diesel unit developed by GM and VM Motori.

2010 Saab 9-4X CUV spied

To inject some off-road credentials, many models in the 9-4X range will feature Saab’s cross-wheel-drive (XWD) all-wheel-drive system.




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