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Detroit show preview news - Saab 9-4X BioPower Concept - 2008
on Tuesday we showed you the Cadillac Provoq,
a concept based on the same platform as Saab’s soon-to-arrive 9-4X SUV.
we weren’t expecting to see the latter until next week, but thanks to another
healthy dose of embargo-busting from some naughty Dutchmen, here it is: the
Saab 9-4X BioPower Concept.
it may be called, but the 9-4X is, like its Provoq cousin, all but ready for
production and set to hit the roads in 2009. Which means the clean, sculpted
styling will remain, along with that panoramic roof and the inevitable Saab
pillarless windscreen draws on 2006’s Aero X concept and gives the 9-4X a similar profile to Land Rover’s LRX
concept: indeed, the two cars should be locked in competition by the
end of the decade.
the inside, there’s a slide-out ski holder within the rear cargo deck (which,
we concede, might not make it to production), as well as a dash that Saab
describes as ‘driver-focussed’ and we describe as ‘suspiciously green’.
9-4X is powered by a dinky two-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which puts out
some 300bhp and 295lb ft of torque when running on E85 bioethanol. That means
an impressive 150bhp per litre, a 0-60mph time of just under eight seconds… and
plenty of driver interest thanks to Saab’s ‘Cross-Wheel Drive’ (XWD) system
already seen on the 9-3.
is a torque vectoring system that shifts power between both the axles and the
rear wheels through an electronically controlled limited-slip diff. It might
sound complicated, but it basically spells a whole lot of fun both on- and
wraps officially come off the 9-4X in Detroit next week. We’ll be on hand with
all the news.