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Saab’s green new SUV hits road



Swedish giant Saab has finally caught up with the SUV crowd. And our spy shots reveal that the new car is looking sharp – and has a carbon-busting trick up its green sleeves!

Set to rival Land Rover’s Freelander, the 9-4X features a gaping grille similar to that on the Aero X, seen at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show. Also borrowed from the concept are the turbine-effect alloys, while the futuristic cabin gets cowled dials and a sculpted dash.
I never realized Saab was a "giant". I wonder how much faster this thing will go due to its "turbine-effect alloys".
 

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"Cowled dials?" :blink:

W T F??

Everything GM is putting out these days has "cowled dials."
That also doesn't really say "Saab" either. :rolleyes:

Just goes to show that GM is just design bankrupt.
 

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those do not look like saab seats. they look more like chevy. Saab needs its Swedish seats. I also do not see the saab style windscreen.
 

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All Hail The soft touch and circular molding of the GM Corporate Steering Wheel!
It's preferable to the one they use in the 900s, Lambda's, etc.
 

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those do not look like saab seats. they look more like chevy. Saab needs its Swedish seats. I also do not see the saab style windscreen.
UUGGGHH... That is soooooooooooooooo disappointing!!!!!!
Like I said... GM is design bankrupt!!!

These aren't Saab seats at all!!!

What else can you expect from a company that lives its life on a spreadsheet?
You can't expect anything more than mediocre from GM these days.
 

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these spyshots came out a couple of weeks ago.
 

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Rather disappointing. All it would take to make these Saab seats is different headrests. The dash works as a Saab feature (well from what you can see) Buy there isn't a lot that differentiates this from the likes of the new Opel/Vauxhall design language.

I guess its probably the best that a cash-strapped GM can muster. Lets just hope its good enough.
 

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I wonder how "advanced" those seats are compared to what are currently offered in the 9-3 and 9-5?
Heck... how advanced at they compared to the Volvo XC90s??

Are these seats anti-submarining like true Saabs and the Volvos?
Do they have SAHRS-II?

Or are these run of the mill Chevy seats because it is GM's belief that "safety is standard across the board." And by doing so, they "level the field." :rolleyes:

Somehow, I don't believe the 9-4 will meet Saab's previous safety standards.
 

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Are these shots not of a preproduction model? Many of the things people are complaining about here may change before the vehicle is actually introduced, especially things such as seats and dash materials.
 

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What kind of shape will Saab dealers be in by the time these new vehicles start production?

A quick conversation with my Saab dealer on Saturday indicates that sales "have fallen off a cliff" this month due to the lack of competitive leasing incentives caused when GMAC/SFC changed their way of doing business.

An example of what is possibly to come from a previously strong Saab market:
http://saabofhunterdon.com/index.html
 

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Saab on a Kappa platfrom?? hmm, sounds like a good idea :p
 

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i cant see if they kept the clear green plastic. ca anyone tell?

No clear green plastic!!
 

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Saab really needs this vehicle like now! I really like Saab and their technology. I wish GM would put Saab's XWD into more vehicles such as the Malibu, Aura.. and a next-gen G6 GXP Sedan/Coupe STi/Evo fighter!!!
 
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