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Saab 9-4X and Cadillac BRX (2009): spy photos
13 August 2008 17:40
Saab is pushing ahead with its 9-4X SUV, despite recent reports that it’s sent its 9-1 hatch back to the drawing board. Caught testing at the Nurburgring, it’s the first time we’ve snapped the 9-4X in Europe. Due for launch in 2009, the 9-4X uses an all-new platform and is being co-developed with its Cadillac cousin (see our pictures, bottom right).
Refresh my memory. What is the Saab 9-4X?
It’s Saab’s latest SUV, but unlike the 9-7X which was a rebadged GM 4x4, the 9-4X has been co-developed with Cadillac from the start. However, it’s thought the flexibility of GM’s latest chassis will allow the Saab 9-4X to use a double-wishbone suspension set-up, while the Cadillac will stick with a more basic MacPherson front struts and multi-link rear axle.
The latest reports from the States claim the Cadillac will come with 2.8 and 3.6-litre V6 engines, shared with the CTS. Expect the Saab version to utilise the same engines, but to succeed in Europe and the UK the Saab will need diesel power. A new 2.9-litre V6 co-developed with VM Motori in Italy has yet to be confirmed for this car, but we can’t see the 9-4X succeeding on this side of the Pond without it. Four-wheel drive will of course be standard.
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