What is it? Developed under General Motors ownership, the 9-4X crossover will give Saab an entry into the growing luxury compact SUV market.
A five-passenger vehicle that will be offered in front- and all-wheel drive, the 9-4X has much in common with the Cadillac SRX. The Cadillac-shared powertrains include a 265-horsepower, 3.0-liter V6 and a 300-horsepower, 2.8-liter turbocharged V6. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 9-4X is fitted with notable amenities such as a Bose surround-sound stereo and eight-inch screen navigation system with a 10-GB digital juke box. The rear seat has its own climate controls, and the car can be made more expensive with available eight-inch screens for the front headrests. Saab DriveSense brings adaptive suspension technology to the uplevel Aero trim, with driver-selectable modes for Sport, Comfort, and Eco.
CR's take: The Cadillac SRX scores well in our testing, however several weak points may carry over to this new variant. Specifically, we are critical of the fuel economy, visibility, suspension noise, and engine performance from the 3.0-liter V6 in the SRX.
When will it be available? May 2011.