Saab Builds First New 9-4X, Chassis 00001 to be Displayed in Museum

Saab’s rebuilding continues with the 9-4X crossover, and the very first model has been built and designated for very specific duty.

Sharing the modified Theta platform used by the Cadillac SRX, you may notice some exterior similarities within the overall shape. The purest of the Saab purists might totally disregard this 9-4X, but there’s never been a better time for new Saab product. Currently, the newest Saab vehicle is the 9-5, though a revised 9-3 and an all-new, entry-level model are said to be in the works.

“This is a great day for Saab,” said Jon Ake Jonsson, Saab president and CEO. “The arrival of the 9-4X is another important step in the fulfillment of our business plan. This sporty and distinctive product will significantly broaden the appeal of our brand and give us access to an important new vehicle segment that is still growing, particularly in the United States.”

The first 9-4X is an Aero trim painted Ice Pearl, meaning it has a turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6. Interestingly enough, Cadillac very recently stopped offering the same six-cylinder in the SRX due to low take rates. Time will tell if the 9-4X goes the same path.

With 9-4X chassis 00001 off the line, it’ll take part in a U.S. media drive event before heading to Sweden to sit in the Saab museum. After all, who doesn’t enjoy seeing pieces of history?

Built in General Motors’ Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico, the 9-4X officially goes on sale in the U.S. in May, and starts export to Europe and other markets in August. Prices start from $34,205, and customers who pre-order can apparently get an Apple iPad with their Swedish crossover.