|Assembly||Ramos Arizpe, Mexico (General Motors)|
|Class||compact luxury crossover SUV|
|Body style||4-door CUV|
|Layout||Front engine, front-wheel drive / all-wheel drive (Saab XWD)|
|Platform||GM Theta Premium|
|Engine||2.8 L Turbo LP9 V6 3.0 L LF1 V6|
|Wheelbase||110.5 in (2,807 mm)|
|Length||190.1 in (4,829 mm)|
|Width||75.0 in (1,905 mm)|
|Height||66.1 in (1,679 mm)|
The focus of the 9-4X took shape once the Saab 9-6X project was cancelled, after the divestment by General Motors of its holding in Subaru. The 9-4X replaces the larger U.S. built Saab 9-7X SUV, production of which ceased in December 2008. The 9-4X concept made its debut at the 2008 North American International Auto Show.The car was released at the 2010 LA Auto Show as a 2011 model year vehicle. The production car is almost identical to the 2008 concept on the exterior and similar to the second generation Saab 9-5 on the inside. The car began selling as a 2011 model year vehicle in June in the US and in August elsewhere. The 9-4X was the first and only Mexican built Saab.
The 9-4X was manufacturered alongside the Cadillac at General Motors’ Ramos Arizpe, Mexico plant.Only 457 units were produced during its production in 2011. In November 2011 GM announced plans to cease production of the vehicle as Saab moved to Chinese ownership or bankruptcy. The 9-4X turned out to be the shortest lived non-concept Saab vehicle, due to the company going bankrupt.
The 9-4X was launched with a choice of two petrol V6 engines: a 3.0 L producing 265 bhp (198 kW; 269 PS), 223 lb·ft (302 N·m) torque and a 2.8 L turbo with 300 bhp (224 kW; 304 PS), 295 lb·ft (400 N·m). The main challenge, according to Svante Kinell at the marketing department at Saab, is to find the right diesel engines for the European market. As a result, the vehicle is V6-only.