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2011 Saab 9-4X

UPDATE : Performance and fuel consumption figures just added in the complete press release below the jump.

The 2011 Saab 9-4X has just been revealed through a set of photos that present both the exterior and interior. Public debut for the 2011 Saab 9-4X will take place at the Los Angeles Motor Show in November and the new mid-size crossover will debut on the US market in August 2011.

The 2011 Saab 9-4X extracts power from a 3.0-litre V6 developing 265HP, while a direct-fuel injected 2.8-litre turbo V8 producing 300 HP will also be available. Both engine options will use a six-speed automatic transmission and at this point performance or consumption figures are still unknown.

The 2011 Saab 9-4X promises exceptional handling and ride quality and thanks to its adaptive chassis control and XWD (all-wheel-drive) system.

The 2011 Saab 9-4X price is get announced at a later date. 

Saab press release :

The new 9-4X brings unique Saab design and engineering values to the growing mid-size crossover segment. With distinctive Scandinavian and aircraft-inspired looks, it also offers car-like handling and ride characteristics that challenge class benchmarks.

Making its world premiere at next month’s Los Angles Auto Show, the 9-4X expands Saab’s product portfolio to three car lines and will provide a fresh, alternative choice for independently-minded crossover buyers. It is an important next-step in the Swedish brand’s renaissance as an independent premium car manufacturer.

Muscular and sporty to drive, the 9-4X is aligned in looks and size between the 9-3X all-rounder and new 9-5 sedan. Outside and inside, it communicates its Saab identity with clean, uncluttered design and signature motifs, such as its wraparound-effect windshield, ice block lighting theme, driver-focused cockpit and flexible cargo handling.

In true Saab tradition, the 9-4X delivers on its sporty persona. It is configured around a unique, purpose-designed crossover body structure, which has been key to delivering its exceptional handling and ride properties. Car-like driving dynamics are supported by Saab’s advanced all-wheel-drive system, Saab XWD, and DriveSense adaptive chassis control.

Under the hood, nestles a choice of compact and efficient V6 engines, naturally-aspirated or turbocharged. The 265 hp, 3.0-liter motor for the entry-level model features direct fuel injection and variable valve timing; while the 300 hp, 2.8-liter exchanges direct injection for twin-scroll turbocharging and is exclusive to top-of-line Aero variants. Both engines are mated to six-speed automatic transmissions under adaptive, electronic control.

“The 9-4X significantly broadens the appeal of the Saab brand,” says Saab Automobile CEO Jan Åke Jonsson. “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 9-4X goes on sale in North America in May next year, with sales in Europe and other global markets due to begin from August. Prices will be announced shortly before sales commence.

Bodysculpted bySaab

The9-4X cuts a broad and powerful stance, with clean, uncluttered lines that echoSaab’s Scandinavian design ethos. Its distinctive face, in common with thenew 9-5 sedan, draws inspiration from the award-winning Aero X concept car, witha deep, three-port grille and ‘ice-block’-effect lighting themes. 

Disguisedwindshield and door pillars create Saab’s signature wraparound-effect, thesingle glasshouse graphic emphasizing the brand’s traditional‘cockpit’ look. Other exterior Saab identifiers include the shapingof the headlamps, a ‘hockey stick’ waistline and strong C-pillarscomplemented by a wraparound-effect rearscreen.

Theroofline is visually lowered and extended by a rear spoiler integrated in to thetailgate. At the rear, the lighting carries forward a signature introduced bythe new 9-5 sedan. An ‘ice-block’ bar lit by LEDs extends across thelower tailgate and wraps around the light units. Twin rhomboid-shaped exhausttailpipes are also neatly integrated into the lower bumpermolding.

Overall,the 9-4X’s bodywork is noticeably free from unnecessary decoration ortrim. A dark protective appliqué is applied to the lower body, but thereare no wheel-arch claddings or protective body panels.

Entry-levelvariants are fitted with 18-inch, six-spoke alloy wheels and Aero models aredistinguished by 20-inch, nine-spoke ’turbine’ alloy wheels, as wellas  a black mesh frontgrille.

Cockpit-inspiredcabin 

Thespacious cabin provides comfortable accommodation for up to five adults and isdefined by a signature Saab, driver-focused cockpit layout. The center console,center stack and main instrument display are presented within a single form thatsweeps up around the driver. For the 9-4X, this is finished with wood or, forAero interiors, a carbon fiber-effecttrim.
 
Othersubtle references to Saab’s aviation heritage include a selectable,aircraft attitude-style speed read-out, green illumination for the needles ofthe three main dials and traditional Saab ‘joystick’ adjusters forthe mesh-style air vents. The ignition – a start/stop button – is,of course, located between the front seats, in true Saab tradition, adjacent tothe shiftlever.

Large,supportive seats include a standard, 8-way electrical adjustment for the driverand an optional electrical adjustment of the foot pedals. Rear passengers enjoyparticularly roomy accommodation as rear space is not compromised by thepresence of a third row of seats. They also benefit from an independent,three-way manual adjustment of the rake of each 60/40 foldseatback.

Ampleonboard storage includes double-decked pockets in all doors, a two-tier frontglovebox and a deep bin in the center console with 12-volt, USB and AUXconnections. Rear passengers have additional storage in the rear face of thecenter console and the centerarmrest.

Infotainmentincludes two audio options, a seven-speaker or top-of-the-line, 10-speaker Bosesystem with 5.1 surround sound. The optional 8-inch touchscreen, hard disk-basednavigation system includes a bird’s eye map view and 10 GB storage for‘jukebox’ music files. Communication on the move is supported by anintegrated Bluetooth hands-free phone system, which functions via voice commandand steering wheel controls, as well as the infotainment panel.

Inthe rear, passengers can enjoy independent climate control, in addition to thestandard dual-zone system, and select their own onboard audio/visualentertainment through a dedicated unit in the back of the center console. Thishas a video AUX input and two 8-inch screens in the rear face of the frontseatbacks.

Adaptablecargocarrying

Thetrunk of the 9-4X is optimized for space and ease of use. The 60/40 splitseatbacks fold down in a single movement, without having to move the seatcushions or remove the retractable head restraints, providing a completely flatcargodeck.

Thefront section of the trunk floor is hinged and can be opened via anaircraft-shaped handle to reveal an additional under floor storage. Floor spacecan be tailored as required by an optional, U-shaped track with a telescopiccargo dividing rail, which can be moved to any position to keep items inplace.

Foradditional convenience, the tailgate is available with a remotely controlled,hydraulically powered operation. It can open fully, or to a lower, programmableposition if there is restricted clearance overhead, such as in thegarage.

Onthemove

TheSaab 9-4X brings car-like handling and ride qualities to the crossover segment.Extensive development testing alongside competitor vehicles shows the 9-4X has alevel of dynamic performance – in ride refinement as well as handling -that challenges the very best in its class..

Keyto such excellent driving qualities is a unique body structure, purpose-designedfor a crossover application and free from compromises through adapting anexisting sedan or wagon format.

Advanceddriving technologies include Saab XWD, the sophisticated all-wheel-drive system,which infinitely varies drive torque between the front and rear axles. Thispre-emptive, light and fast-acting system offers optimized grip in allconditions, dry or wet, smooth or loose, on road or off-road. It is combinedwith an electronically-controlled, rear limited-slip differential (eLSD) whichcan transfer up to 50% of rear torque between the rear wheels, to whichever hasmoregrip

Driverand vehicle in the Aero are brought even closer together by Saab DriveSense, anadaptive chassis function which uses real time damping control to help the 9-4Xreact to how it is being driven and to changing road conditions. In addition tothe default ‘Intelligent’ setting, the driver can select‘Comfort’ and ‘Sport’ modes. An ‘Eco’ mode,activated via a separate button, also re-maps the throttle pedal andgearshifting patterns for optimal fueleconomy.

Otherdriving aids include variable effort steering, a function of Saab DriveSense,and standard bi-xenon adaptive lighting, which provides better illumination ofupcoming bends by linking the direction of the headlamp beam to the steeringangle.

Efficientpower packs

Thepowertrain line-up comprises two efficient all-aluminum V6 engines, both with asix-speed automatic transmission and Saab XWD. These light and compact, 24-valvemotors feature variable valve timing, on both inlet and exhaust sides, and boastpower ratings typical of larger displacement engines.
A265 hp (195 kW), 3.0-liter naturally-aspirated motor for the entry-levelspecification includes direct fuel injection. It propels the 9-4X from zero to100 km/h in just 9.0 seconds.

Availableexclusively in Aero specification, the 2.8-liter turbo engine packs 300 hp (221kW) and generates an impressive 400 Nm spread of torque between 2,000 and 5,000rpm. It delivers zero to 100 km/h acceleration in 8.3 seconds. Fuel consumptionfigures for both engines are still beingfinalised.

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