All Saab 9-4x crossovers come standard with styling you won't confuse for an Acura, Audi, BMW, or any other player in the upscale SUV segments. The 9-4x matches the 9-5 sedan with blackened A-pillars and a forward-leaning body-colored pillar in the back. The Saab's profile is more rounded and subtle than the bolde, angular SRX, which is Cadillac's best-selling vehicle through the first nine months of 2010.
Inside, the cockpit appears to echo Saab's design cues, with a center stack angled towards the driver and mesh-like air vents. Buyers will have their choice of wood or faux carbon fiber trim accents. As with the SRX, the lack of third row seats means the 9-4x's second row should be accommodating. Total cargo volume on the 9-4x is 61.2 cubic-feet, up marginally from the SRX's 61.1 cubic-feet of space.
Spend enough money, and you can add a Bose sound system with 5.1 surround sound, an 8-inch touchscreen navigation system with 10 GB for your music, and two 8-inch screens in the rear of the front seatbacks for on-the-go movie screenings. The 9-4x will also be available with General Motors' powered hatch, which can be programmed to open to specific heights for garages with low ceilings.
The 9-4x actually goes on sale in the U.S. before Europe, perhaps pointing to the promise of the luxury crossover market here. Saab enthusiasts can get their 9-4x crossovers when they hit showrooms next May. Pricing hasn't been announced.
No amount of toys can make a luxury crossover into a Saab, though, and we're still interested in determining whether the 9-4x is more SRX than Saab. Regardless, the mere presence of the 9-4x crossover in remaining Saab dealerships should lift the company's spirits. To fill out the Saab lineup beyond two sedans and the variants, the 9-4x SUV might finally be a credible answer in a way the 9-7x never was.