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Saab Crossover To Lead New Product Offensive

January 15th, 2008


Saab’s entry into the growing Crossover segment is a vital next step in an accelerating new product offensive that will see the Swedish premium brand represented in all major segments of the market, says Jan Åke Jonsson, Saab Automobile’s Managing Director.

Speaking at the launch of the innovative Saab 9-4X BioPower Concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, he said: “This concept is more than a statement of our intent to enter the Crossover segment. It also represents our commitment to take the Saab brand to new customer groups, offering a premium alternative choice they have never had before.

“These are exciting times at Saab. We are a brand on the move, with a clear product growth strategy that will take global sales volumes to a new level.”

Jonsson points out that in the last five years alone, Saab has launched four new models and shown four concept cars, including the award-winning Aero X as a signpost for future Saab design. It has also introduced industry-leading BioPower flex-fuel engines with E85 and advanced all-wheel-drive technology (Saab XWD).

“While we have come a long way in the last five years, I can say that the next five years will see the rate of new product development accelerate,” he adds. “Our target is to have the Saab brand represented in all major segments of the market.

“For example, the global Crossover segment has trebled in size in the last seven years, but we have not been able to offer customers a Saab alternative. That will now change and the same will apply to other growing segments where we see potential for our brand.”

Jonsson points out that each new Saab product, like its upcoming Crossover vehicle, will draw inspiration from the brand’s strong Scandinavian roots in the areas of progressive design, driver focus and responsible performance with concern for the environment.

“Our brand values have never been more relevant than they are today,” he says. “Customers increasingly want premium vehicles that meet their particular lifestyle needs which are also sporty and environmentally responsible. It is our intention to offer them Saab products as a fresh and distinctive alternative choice.”

Technical Specifications

BioPower Engine:
1998cc. Four cylinders Bore/stroke: 86.0/86.0 mm. Aluminium cylinder head and block. DOHC, chain-driven. Four valves per cylinder. Twin counter-rotating balancer shafts. Forged steel crankshaft, steel connecting rods. Aluminium pistons, oil spray cooled. Direct injection. VVT, inlet and exhaust Sodium-filled exhaust valves. Saab engine management system. Twin-scroll turbocharger, intercooled.

BioPower Engine data

Max. Boost Pressure at maximum torque 1.2 bar
Compression Ratio


Max power (E85) 300 hp (221kW) @ 5400 rpm
Max. torque (E85) 400Nm (295 ft.lbs.) @ 2600-5100 rpm
Max power (petrol) 245 hp (180 kW) @ 5300 rpm
Max. torque (petrol) 353 Nm (260 ft.lbs.) @ 2500- 5250 rpm

Saab XWD ('cross wheel drive'), all-wheel-drive system. Electronic rear limited-slip differential (eLSD)
6-speed automatic transmission, steering wheel controls.

Front: McPherson struts. Aluminium control arm and knuckle. Anti-roll bar.
Rear: Multi-link. Aluminium H-arm and knuckle. Anti-roll bar.

Rack and pinion, hydraulic power assistance.

Wheels, Tyres:
21inch, 245/55 R21

Hydraulic, dual circuit, vacuum booster.
Discs front/rear: 378 mm / 378 mm (all ventilated)

Performance Data (preliminary figures)

0 - 100 kph: 8.0 sec
0 – 60 mph: 7.9 sec
Top Speed: 235 kph (146 mph)
Fuel consumption (combined): 10.5 l/100km (22.4 mpg) on petrol
CO2 251 g/km on petrol

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