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.