2012 Saab 9-4X: Up Close

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2012 Saab 9-4X: Up Close

Yesterday, Saab denounced the small luxury crossover, a long-awaited 9-4X. Roughly a same size as its height kin, a Cadillac SRX — as well as a mite not as big than Saab’s last SUV, the Chevy Trailblazer-based 9-7X — the 9-4X goes on sale next open. At the L.A. automobile uncover, we checked out the top-of-the-line 9-4X Aero.

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 I’m not sole upon the styling. Saab differentiated a 9-4X good enough from a SRX, but both cars share an contentment of gray plastic cladding around their bottom. It’s functionally imperishable, but cheap-looking for a premium car.

2012 Saab 9-4X: Up Close

Higher up, a 9-4X’s nose feels like an capricious sprawl of openings. The chin-level air dam is too slight, as well as a fog-light apertures sit incongruously high. The grille, flanked by a common Saab openings to each side, creates the many clarity. I’m uncertain upon the headlights, whose aqua-blue stain follows a “ice-block theme” which dominates all Saabs, pronounced program manager Mikael Jacobsson. The Aero’s 20-inch, nine-spoke wheels have been the tall point. They’re the sharp bunch with aircraft-turbine styling that fit Saab’s aeronautical birthright.

2012 Saab 9-4X: Up Close

Shared cues with a new 9-5 sedan embody black-painted A- as well as B-pillars, which give a windshield a crafty wraparound sensation. In behind, a aflame frame also joins a taillights. Inside, a dashboard should look familiar to anybody who’s been in a 9-5. A single hood spans the instruments as well as core controls, though a controls appear needlessly swarming, since a dull space around them. Drivers shouldn’t be wanting for storage space. The core console as well as glove compartment are both ample, and a doors have apart upper as well as reduce storage pockets.

2012 Saab 9-4X: Up Close

Large C- and D-pillars take the cube out of blind-spot visibility, and a rear-quarter windows are even not as big than those on a SRX. Fortunately, a side mirrors are sincerely vast. Backseat legroom is decent, but a seat sits as well low to the belligerent for adults to get thigh await. I’m not certain it could go most aloft: In the Aero e.g. we checked out, the breathtaking moonroof lopped off so most headroom which I had none to spare if I sat honest. (I’m 5-foot-11.) Elevating a seat would meant robbing Peter to compensate Paul, as well as Peter would catch back problems after slouching all a time.

With 265 horsepower though just 223 pounds-feet of torque, GM’s direct-injection 3.0-liter V-6 doesn’t move a SRX with much management. The 9-4X is heavier – from 26 pounds to more than 100 pounds, depending upon configuration — so design medium flitting power, generally with passengers as well as cargo. Thanks to 35 some-more hp as well as the much-needed 72 pounds-feet of additional torque, a discretionary turbo V-6 imbues a SRX with the sort of oomph the proper opulence crossover ought to have. The 9-4X should do only as well, though usually the top Aero trim comes with the turbo.

2012 Saab 9-4X: Up Close

Either approach, the SRX isn’t the greatest pedigree to begin from. Even eccentric of a so-so V-6, it’s dogged by messy doing, tear-jerking brakes as well as a organisation float on uplevel models. Jacobsson betrothed Saab has finished a lot of work upon cessation and steering tuning to separate a 9-4X from the kin. It’s been “pushed to be singular,” he said. I goal he’s right.

 

2012 Saab 9-4X: Up Close

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Jun 15, 2011
12:10 pm
#1 Essa saleh m AL-romaihi :

I do have saab 97x 2008 working vary good, and i shall be greatful if there 9-4x 8v, for our hot environment for engine can relax in long drive,
i would like to thanks the saab company taken back the saab to orginal. so far i have use, 95 2001, 95 2.0 2003. and last 97x, may be i go for 9-4x soon.

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