2012 Saab 9-4X crossover is officially here

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There has been much anticipation of the new 2012 Saab 9-4X crossover sport utility (CUV) since its concept debut, and much speculation if it will ever make to production since the shrinking of GM two years ago. Luckily, Saab got bought by Spyker Cars, and it is intended to revitalize the Saab 9-4X Concept into a production model. With that, this is the first official digital debut of the Saab 9-4X production model before its live world premiere in November at the LA Auto Show.

We can see clearly that the 2012 Saab 9-4X crossover retained most of its concept styling in the production model. Much of the appearance takes on design cues from the evolution of Saab’s Aero X concept, and while the framework comes from the Cadillac SRX.

The 2012 Saab 9-4X crossover was developed during the GM era, which means that both the Cadillac’s 3.0-liter V6 (265 horsepower) and turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 (300 horsepower) are available for the Saab 9-4X crossover along with a six-speed automatic transmissions. Saab also added a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine for the base model. Similarly to the Cadillac SRX, the Saab 9-4X crossover will be available in both front- or all-wheel drive. But the turbo engine is only available with Saab’s torque-vectoring XWD all-wheel-drive system. And as for fuel efficiency rating, the 265 hp, 3.0-liter naturally-aspirated motor delivers an estimated city/highway combined fuel consumption of 18 mpg, which we think is crappy in this day and age.

In the interior, the 2012 Saab 9-4X crossover is pretty much similar to the 9-5. To mimic the jet cockpit, it has a driver-focused center stack and a push-button ignition on the center console. Other slight references to Saab’s aviation tradition include a selectable, attitude style speed read-out, green illumination for the needles of the three main dials and traditional Saab ‘joystick’ adjusters for the mesh-style air vents. And for entertainment and communications, a Bose system with 5.1 surround sound, an optional 8-inch touchscreen with hard disk based navigation system and 10 GB storage for music files. Lastly, integrated Bluetooth hands-free phone system, which functions via voice command and steering wheel controls are added with the OnStar system.

The 2012 Saab 9-4X crossover will be available around May of 2011 in North Americas, and with prices will be announced a month ahead before it is available at dealerships.