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Thursday 23 November 2017

Saab's back with a bang

New 9-4X hoping to shine in LA

Right-hand drive will be with us late, late next year with prices to be confirmed.
Right-hand drive will be with us late, late next year with prices to be confirmed.

This is the Saab 9-4X which will make its debut at next week's Los Angeles Motor Show, hoping to impress buyers in what is a crucial market for the crossover class of car.

Powered by the company's turbo-charged 2.8-litre V6 petrol engine, the 9-4X also gets four-wheel drive and "Saab DriveSense" adaptive chassis control, which varies damping between auto, comfort and sport settings.

To bolster the technology, the 9-4X also gets an electronically controlled, limited-slip differential on the rear axle.

The 300bhp engine is teamed with a six-speed automatic gearbox (complete with the now almost obligatory wheel-mounted paddles) and produces 295lb ft of torque between 2,000rpm and 5,000rpm.

This helps the 9-4X post a 0-62mph time of 8.4 seconds on its way to a 143mph top speed.

There is no information available yet on the car's fuel economy or its CO2 figures.

Styling wise, the 9-4X incorporates details from the company's Aero X concept car as well as touches that link it to the recently launched 9-5, the first model to be unveiled since Spyder took control of Saab.

These include the deep front grille, a wraparound-effect windscreen and family headlights.

In addition to the expected safety kit, the 9-4X includes "Town Light", a system that provides a flatter beam of light at speeds below 31mph so that pedestrians can be seen more easily.

Above 62mph, meanwhile, "Motorway Light" mode is engaged, extending the depth of the beam from 130 to 170 metres, albeit not so that it affects oncoming traffic, insists Saab.

Standard equipment will include dual zone climate control, roof bars, front and rear parking sensors, electric driver and passenger seats, a powered boot lid and rear-view camera.

The 9-4X is expected to arrive in right-hand drive late, late next year, with prices (not to mention news of if and when a diesel engine is due to join the line-up) to be confirmed nearer the time.

Irish Independent

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