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SAAB 9-4X

The long awaited Saab 9-4X Crossover vehicle will make its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month.

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This is a critically important car for Saab as it forges ahead under Spyker ownership and will need to make significant sales if the company is to win back customers of the once, quirky Swedish brand.

Powered by a 2.8-litre turbocharged V6 engine, which develops 224 kW (300 hp) and 400 Nm of torque between 2000-5000 rpm. 0-100km/h will of all of 8.3 seconds to make and you can expect efficient fuel consumption numbers although, these will be published closer to the launch.

Saab list the following features as being key to the 9-4X success:

•Progressive Scandinavian design inspired by Aero X Concept

•Car-like driving dynamics challenge best-in-class performance

•Advanced Saab XWD mated with Saab DriveSense adaptive chassis

•Spacious cabin, driver-focused cockpit and ample storage

•Flexible cargo management system

Saab Automobile CEO, Jan Ake Jonsson, says,

“The 9-4X significantly broadens the appeal of the Saab brand, it gives us entry to the fast growing crossover segment with a vehicle that reflects our brand values in key areas, such as progressive Scandinavian design and sporty, responsible driving performance. The 9-4X is an exciting package and we’re confident it will appeal to many existing Saab owners, as well as win new customers for the brand.”

The new Saab is packed wit a multitude of features, including a powered tailgate, start/stop button, keyless entry and exit, tri-zone air conditioning and rear seat entertainment, adaptable cargo stowage, SatNav with an 8-inch touchscreen, surround sound system and hard disc music storage are just some of the standard creature comforts on-board the 9-4X.

Extensive 9-4X standard equipment includes:

Bi-xenon adaptive headlights with cleaning, automatic levelling

Fog lamps

Electrically-powered windows and door mirrors

Cruise control

Dual zone climate control

Keyless entry and ignition with start and stop button

Color centre console display

Steering wheel with audio/phone controls

Electric parking brake

Night Panel

Rear centre headrest, retracting

Roof bars, matt aluminum finish

Rear cargo cover

20-inch turbine alloy wheels

Sentronic steering wheel controls for automatic transmission

DriveSense adaptive chassis including variable effort steering

Parking assistance front & rear

Perforated leather seats

Eight-way powered driver/passenger seat adjustment with lumbar support and thigh extension

Interior ambient lighting

Rain sensing wipers

Saab Infotainment Navigation

BOSE sound system

Power tailgate

Auto dimming exterior and rear view mirrors

Rear view camera

The vehicle’s car like handling is assisted by various technologies including DriveSense adaptive chassis with real-time damping control, Saab XWD – a sophisticated all wheel-drive system with an electronically-controlled rear limited slip differential (eLSD).

The 5.1 surround sound system is by Bose and is a 10-speaker unit, while the hard drive navigation unit includes a birds eye map view and 10 GB storage for music files.

CarAdvice will bring you coverage of the Los Angeles Auto Show next month and will include further detail on the 9-4X.

New Saab 9-4X: Technical Overview

Engine: 2792 cc. 6 cylinders,V6 Aluminum cylinder heads and block DOHC, 24-valve

VVT (inlet and exhaust) Twin-scroll turbocharger Intercooled Bosch Motronic ME9.6

Transversely-mounted

Suspension

Front: MacPherson strut Aluminum A-arm Hydraulic dampers Anti-roll bar

Hydraulic ride bushings

Rear:

Independent, linked H-arm Coil springs. Gas charged dampers

Anti-roll bar (hollow)

Transmission: 6-speed automatic Steering wheel controls

Steering: Rack and pinion

Variable Effort Steering

Turning circle (curb-to-curb):11.9 m.

Turns lock-to-lock: 2.84Wheels, Tires

20” x 8" aluminum, 235/55

Brakes: Dual circuit, vacuum booster ABS, TCS, ESP®

Discs, Calipers (f/r, mm):

345 x 30, ventilated Aluminum dual piston 315 x 23, ventilated

Aluminum single piston

Weights:

Curb (kg): 2085 – 2135

Max. towing weight: 2,000 kg

Weight distribution (%, f/r): 57 / 43

Capacities:Load capacity (litres): 2nd seat row up: 485

Cooling system (liters):

12.8 (2.8 turboV6)

Engine oil (liters): 6.0 (2.8 turbo V6)

Fuel tank (liters): 80

Drag co-efficient: 0.38

Performance: Engine Variant2.8 turbo V6

Availability9-4X Aero

Max. ouput (hp / kW): rpm300 / 221 @ 5,500

Max torque (Nm / lb-ft): rpm400 / 295 @ 2,000 - 5,000

Bore / Stroke (mm):89.0 x 74.8

Compression Ratio9.5: 1

PERFORMANCE

0-100 kph (s)8.3

Top speed (kph)230

FUEL CONSUMPTION (l/100 km)

Combined:tba

Extra-urban:tba

Urban:tba

CO2 (g/km):tba

Fuel consumption and CO2 data yet to be finalized