One of the most anticipated new Saab models has arrived. Joining Saab’s already strong lineup is the new Saab 9-4X crossover. Ready to do battle in this fast-growing luxury segment, the new 9-4X is set to lead the pack with Saab’s tradition for utility, performance and driving enjoyment.
Hot on the heels of the new 9-5, the 9-4X is worthy of sharing the road with its big brother. Inside and out, the 9-4X exudes all the qualities that have made Saab owners so loyal.
The 9-4X is a crossover, which means it’s the best combination of utility and comfort. For 2012, the new 9-4X offers 3.0i FWD, 3.0i XWD, 3.0i Premium FWD, 3.0i Premium XWD and Aero XWD models. The control of Saab’s XWD (“Cross-Wheel Drive”) all-wheel drive system and the efficient power of a choice of engines wrap up this package in a nice little bow. It’s a mixture that crossover buyers just won’t find elsewhere.
Inspired by the styling of the award-winning Aero X Concept with its flowing lines and deep three-port grille, the 9-4X cuts a distinctive silhouette.
The 9-4X has space. Seating for five and space for their gear fits comfortably inside the 9-4X. Saab’s flexible management system provides a virtually unlimited number of ways to organize cargo in the rear. More room can be found under the floor in the back, but for hauling more, simply fold the 60/40-split seatbacks down with a single action and open up 61.2 cubic feet of room. An available programmable tailgate can be opened fully, adjusted to a lower height to clear overhangs and garage doors, and closed by remote.
Showing the luxurious side of the 9-4X, Saab provides all the touches found in a true luxury crossover. Wood or graphite fiber-effect trim surrounds the driver and passenger. The aviation-inspired cockpit wraps around the driver, giving access to all controls and gauges. A standard eight-way power seat positions the driver in front of a three-pod main instrument cluster featuring a selectable speedometer flanked by gauges bathed in green illumination. The Saab tradition of the center console-mounted ignition continues, but the 9-4X utilizes a keyless ignition system with start/stop button.
Once behind the wheel, the driver is treated to a spectacular experience. In the 9-4X, a choice of two 24-valve transverse-mounted V6 mills includes a 3.0-liter 265-hp direct-injected powerplant, standard in 3.0i models, or the even stronger, 300-hp twin-scroll turbocharged 2.8-liter engine, standard in the Aero model. Expect fuel economy of up to 25 mpg highway from 3.0i FWD models and 22 mpg highway from the turbo 2.8-liter. In either case, the engine turns a six-speed automatic transmission through the front-wheels or through all four wheels via Saab XWD, which has the ability to constantly vary the amount of torque distributed between the front and rear wheels to match conditions. Keeping that power under control, the 9-4X has DriveSense adaptive chassis control adapting to road conditions by changing the damping of the suspension in real-time. An electronically controlled, limited-slip rear differential varies the torque between the rear wheels to make sure power gets to where the traction is. Keeping the rubber on the ground are 18-inch six-spoke wheels or, on the Aero model, 20-inch nine-spoke alloy wheels.
If the impeccable road manners of the 9-4X aren’t enough entertainment, there’s even more on the inside. A choice of available information and entertainment systems includes a standard seven-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 system with a USB port, auxiliary input and three free months of XM Satellite Radio service. A 10-speaker Bose system is available with 5.1 surround sound. Also available is a hard-drive based navigation radio with a large eight-inch touch-screen and 10GB music storage. Bluetooth hands-free phone and OnStar systems are also included as standard equipment.
Comfort has not been missed for the rear-seat passengers, especially when the Rear Passenger Package is added. Those seated in the second row are able to adjust the tri-zone climate control system to their personal tastes. They even have their own rear-seat entertainment system controls for the two eight-inch DVD screens mounted in the backs of the front headrests. The rear seats are also heated with the package.
Even the styling contributes to the driver’s experience. Hidden pillars give the effect of wraparound glass without compromising body strength. Bi-Xenon cornering lamps with signature front lighting are available through the Technology Package; they look good, and they adjust to the angle of the steering wheel to literally point into turns. In Premium and Aero trims, standard high-pressure headlight washers keep them clean. The 2012 9-4X, with its clean styling, was designed to provide plenty of interior space and slip through the air efficiently. Front and rear park assist are also part of the Technology Package.
The Saab 9-4X is a crossover above. Utility makes it a crossover – being something special makes it a Saab.