Nearly lost in the whirlwind surrounding the possible sale of Saab to Koenigsegg is the actual product, of which Saab finally has some new models to show. Saab recently displayed its new and much-hyped 9-5 and 9-4x models at the Saab Museum at the company's headquarters in Trollhatten, albeit under cover.
In Saab's showroow, the the new 9-4x crossover, made an appearance under cover. Set to replace the slow-selling 9-7x SUV, which was merely a thinly disguised Chevrolet Trailblazer, the new 9-4x shares its architecture with the new Cadillac SRX, which is a very good starting point. We don't know much else about the 9-4x's mechanicals, but we expect a build sheet similar to the SRX's with FWD and AWD powertrains propelled by a choice of six-cylinder engines. What we do know is that the 9-4x, even under cover looks infinitely better than the 9-7x. Again borrowing styling cues from the 9-3 as well as the new 9-5, the 9-4x looks like a thoroughly modern crossover and a handsome one at that. On the other hand, it does look somewhat like an SRX with a Saab corporate nose grafted on, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
The 9-4x is rumored to be nearing completion, though no official debut dates have been announced. Prior to Saab being put up for sale, it was expected to bow at auto shows some time this year, but with Saab and GM in bankruptcy protection and Saab in the midst of a sale to a new owner, the actual debut dates are anybody's guess.