Saab 9-4X to stick with turbo six, not Cadillac’s 3.6
By Andrew Ganz
Initially, the SRX launched with just a 3.0-liter V6, although a 2.8-liter turbocharged V6 also used in the Saab 9-5 and, for a period, in the Saab 9-3 Aero, later became a range-topping engine. But for 2012, Cadillac is expected to replace the two smaller displacement engines with just one offering, a naturally-aspirated 3.6-liter V6 that will put out somewhere in the neighborhood of 325 horsepower. Neither the 3.0-liter (265 horsepower) or 2.8-liter (300 horsepower) V6s offer as much power as the 3.6-liter unit.
Saab chief Jan Ake Jonsson, who recently announced his intended retirement from the Swedish automaker, says that the 9-4X will not follow the SRX’s path – at least for now.
“GM is going to put a 3.6-liter V6 into the SRX to replace the 2.8-liter turbo V6,” Jonsson told AutomotiveWorld. “We have the option to take that engine too but we haven’t yet decided if we want to do that.”
The 9-4X also won’t be getting a diesel engine, at least in its current configuration, Jonsson said.
“We could probably double our sales volume of the 9-4X in Europe with a diesel. But the 9-4X is really a vehicle for markets like the US, Russia, China and Australia where gasoline is the traditional buyer preference.”
The 9-4X will go on sale in May in North America.
A use for BMW engines
Meanwhile, Jonsson also said that the new 1.6-liter twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder it will source from BMW will be used in the next-generation 9-3, but not the 9-5, where Saab is “very happy with our GM powertrains.”
Jonsson didn’t rule out future endeavors with BMW, however