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Saab 9-4X

Tue, 19 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0700

The production version of the new Saab 9-4X will make its official debut at next month's LA Auto Show, exactly two years after it was first displayed as the 9-4X BioPower concept. It shares its platform with the Cadillac SRX.

Very little appears to have changed in the intervening period, with Saab design director, Jason Castriota's appointment coming after the car was signed off under GM's tenure. The three-element grille/headlamp DRG is typically Saab, while the black A-pillars emulate the brand's famous wrap-around windshield design. The 'hockey stick' C-pillar graphic is also present and correct, while a 9-5-esque light bar adorns the tailgate. What Saab describes as 'ice-block' lamp graphics emphasize its Scandinavian origins.

The 9-4X is notably free from rugged-looking body addenda such as fender extensions, its lower body cladding serving as much to visually lighten the car as to protect it from any off-road exploits.

Inside, the 9-4X continues the themes of the 9-5, with a driver-focussed IP, green gauge needles and various other 'aircraft-inspired' cues.

Photo Gallery: Saab 9-4X