New Saab 9-4X 4x4 unveiled
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This is the all-new Saab 9-4X 4x4, which makes its debut at the LA motor show in November and goes on sale in the UK late next year.
The 9-4X is similar in size to the BMW X3 and Volvo XC60, and is based on the Cadillac SRX.
The car at the LA motor show is powered by a 296bhp 2.8-litre V6, and has four-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic gearbox. It can accelerate from 0-62mph in 8.3 seconds and has a top speed of 143mph. Fuel consumption or emissions figures aren't available as yet.
The four-wheel-drive system automatically distributes torque between the front and rear axles and there's also an electronic limited-slip differential at the back to further enhance grip.
The car draws on 'subtle references' from Saab's aviation history and wraps the centre console around the driver. There's also green illumination for the dials, joystick-style air-vent controls and a cockpit effect is created by blending the windscreen into hidden front pillars.
The 60/40 rear seats fold down in one action without having to move the seat squabs or head restraints. There's some underfloor storage in the boot, which can also have a movable dividing rail and remote hydraulic tailgate operation. There's a decent 485 litres of boot space with the rear seats in place, but no maximum figure has been released yet.
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