Saab is set to produce a small SUV starting in 2009. The five seat vehicle will be built at GM's assembly plant in Ramos, Mexico. The new model, to be called the 9-4X is a departure from the brand's other attempts at creating SUV's, which were basically re-badged versions of existing GM trucks.
According to Automotive News, the 9-4X will be built on a platform which utilizes portions of the automakers Epsilon II and re-designed Theta architectures, which will also be shared with an upcoming small SUV from Cadillac called the BRX.
Saab's move to launch this type of vehicle comes at a time when the market is growing, and Saab should be well positioned to capitalize on the growing sales trend. 9-4X will compete with models like the Acura RDX, BMW X3 and Infiniti EX.
Reports indicate that the 9-4X will be sold worldwide, though it would be most appealing to the European market. It will be debuted at the Detroit Auto Show in January.
Despite our fascination with the small car, larger vehicles are just as prominent on our roads. Why? Because the desire for comfort, space, and security on the road is prevalent with those in need of the interior room and practicality.