GM hasn’t pulled the plug in producing Saab, 9-4X on schedule

2012 Saab 9-4X

Saab’s financial setbacks may have shut down their Sweden assembly plant, but the 9-4x will still grace showroom floors next month.  Instead of their depleted funds resulting in a production halt, it was contracted out to the General Motors’ plant in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. Production still began last week as scheduled.

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The 9-4x debuts with a front-wheel drive base model priced at $33,380  for a 265 hp 3.0 liter V6. The mid-level will start at $37,250 for front-wheel, and 40,245 for all-wheel drive. Saab expects over half the 9-4x’s sales to go to this 3.0 liter version. Starting at $48,010,  a turbocharged, all-wheel drive Aero will also be available. Its 2.8 liter V6 puts out 300 horsepower. As for options, stand-alone ones will be most plentiful. Only three option packages will be offered. All motors are supplied by GM.

Refresher: The 2012 Saab 9-4X is available with two V6 powertrain choices, both mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The entry-level engine is a 3.0L engine making 265-hp allowing the 9-4X to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7.9 seconds with front-wheel-drive (8.4 seconds with Saab’s XWD all-wheel-drive). The second model is a 2.8L turbo V6 making 300-hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Mated standard to XWD, the turbo Saab 9-4X sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds. Prices start at $33,380.

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– By: Alexandra Koken

Source: Inside Line