Saab 9-4x

The Saab 9-4X has barely been around long enough to be known for much. This crossover SUV from the Swedish automaker has only been in production for two short model years. Like many of Saab’s latest offerings, the 9-4X meets with varying opinions.

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Saab 9-4X Origins

It’s hardly uncommon to find many of the well-known automakers started out in different fields. For example, several of the U.S. carmakers participated in the carriage and buggy manufacturing community, originally. In Europe, things differed a bit, and many of the car companies started as part of the World War II war effort. This is the case for Saab. The Swedish company first started producing airplanes in both the bomber and fighter designs, in 1938. After basing its airplanes on German and American designs, Saab offered the first completely Swedish-designed aircraft, the Saab 17.

After the war ended, the company needed a new direction, and making high-quality automobiles seemed like a good way to go. The executives at Saab decided to offer the public affordable, safe cars. Up to this point, this particular market had been largely ignored by the other car manufacturers. As it turns out, Saab made a good choice. The company quickly became known for its quality cars offered at reasonable prices.

Saab has continued to offer its various lines of vehicles in several of the world’s markets including the U.S. The 9-4X series provides just one example of the quality cars available.

About the Saab 9-4X

Some industry analysts feel the SUV carries too high a price and lags behind its competition. Others feel it gives the SUV market exactly what it needed, with its classic Saab exterior design and good handling. So far, the 9-4X has received good attention from Saab fans.

Pros of the Saab 9-4X include its powerful turbocharged engine and quiet cabin. Those two things don’t seem to go together, but this crossover seems to handle both easily. As noted, the exterior of the vehicle with its smooth lines and attractive appearance wins it favor as well.

Every rose must have its thorn, and the 9-4X has a couple. Many test drivers find the brake petal very stiff. Some call the vehicle’s steering sluggish at the lower speeds. Highway driving and similar circumstances don’t seem to be affected.

Saab 9-4X Features

Saab decided to offer the crossover SUV 9-4X for the second time in the 2012 model year. This model remains similar to the previous year’s offering, and interested consumers will find a great deal to appreciate about this vehicle.

The exterior and body style of the 2012 9-4X enjoys a lot of attention. This SUV looks like a Saab with its classic lines and good looks. The front end, especially, has that distinctive look Saab vehicles often flaunt. Inside the cabin, the driver and passengers can expect comfort and sophistication as well. Though not a large SUV, it still offers plenty of space for the vehicle’s occupants. The dashboard has a nice design with easy-to-use and easy-to-see gauges.

Under the hood, Saab pulls out all the stops when it comes to creating the powertrain for this SUV. The 9.4X offers a choice of a 3.0-liter V-6 engine capable of 265 hp, or a 2.8-liter V-6 engine producing 300 hp. Both perform well in test drives, and both engines pair with a six-speed automatic transmission system for high performance.

Saab 9-4X Evolution

The Saab 9-4X has only been offered for two years, making the 2011 edition the only previous model. This particular SUV remains very much like the most recent model in looks and performance. In this model year, the 9-4X comes in three trim levels: the 3.0i, 3.0i Premium, and Aero. Each trim level keeps the needs of the consumer in mind. Even the lower-end 3.0i and 3.0i Premium offer several exceptional features such as reclining rear seats, satellite radio, and a rear-view camera, just to name a few. The 3.0i Premium package also offers the consumer features such as keyless entry and ignition, as well as headlight washers.

Under the hood, the 3.0i and 3.0i Premium 9-4X SUV have plenty of power with a 3.0-liter V-6 engine coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission. These editions of the 2011 use front drive. All-wheel drive comes as an option, however.

The Aero models are a bit different. These vehicles come equipped with a 2.8-liter turbocharged motor with the same transmission system as the lower trim levels. Also unlike the other models, the Aero offers standard all-wheel drive.

Select a Saab 9-4x Year

2011 Saab 9-4x

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 2011 Saab 9-4X is a midsized, crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV) that was manufactured by General Motors and sold under the marquee of Swedish automaker, Saab Automobile.