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2011 Saab 9-4X Confirmed For 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show Debut

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Based on the architecture that underpins the new Cadillac SRX, the upcoming Saab 9-4X stands to be a strong model for Saab, and at the very least an important one. We'll find out soon enough if it's got the right recipe for success, as it's been confirmed today for a 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show debut.

The news, released via the official L.A. auto show Twitter account, puts a date on what Saab told us earlier this year.

Powered by a 3.0-liter V-6 rated at 265 horsepower, the Saab 9-4X also gets an available Haldex all-wheel-drive upgrade option, luxury interior appointments, and an attractive design that fits nicely with the new 9-5 sedan. The crossover is expected to look nearly identical to the 9-4X BioPower concept, as evidenced by these spy shots.

Production is expected to get underway later this year at GM's Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico, with sales toward the end of the year or early 2011 as a 2011 model. It marks the second new car to be released since the split from GM, and its sales or lack thereof could make or break the Spyker-owned brand.

Stay tuned for live coverage of the new Saab from the floor of the Los Angeles Auto Show right here at Motor Authority. Press days for the show kick off November 17-18, and the show opens to the public November 19, running through November 28, including Thanksgiving weekend.

[LAAS via Twitter]

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  1. We have to be honest - this 9-4 Saab is only a partial Saab. Base engine has no turbocharging and is the direct injection V6 from GM. A good solid engine, but nothing to do with Saab engineering. The upscale turbo 2.8 V6 is the old original Cadillac CTS engine that Saab turbocharged a few years ago and put in the 9-3 as as the optional engine (off of the initial base I-4 GM Europe 2.0L ecotec engine that Saab engineers also turbocharged with Garrett, followed by Mitsubishi turbocharging). The all wheel drive option (Halidex) that Cadillac uses is the same Saab uses, but was developed by Saab engineers. Essentially, this car is a virtual clone of the Cadillac SRX with some differences on options and interior design, built on the same assembly line in Mexico like GM initially planned.
     
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