The Saab 9-4X was the last new model Saab would roll out before it stopped selling new vehicles in 2011. A two-row midsize SUV, the 9-4X was built on the premium version of GM’s Theta SUV platform, which also underpinned the Cadillac SRX. Production of the 9-4X took place in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, alongside the SRX, and covered just the 2011 and 2012 model years, though Saab stopped producing vehicles shortly after the 2012 models went into production.
Under the Hood
The 9-4X was offered with two different engines. The base model used a 3.0-liter V6 that made 265 horsepower and 223 lb-ft of torque, while the sportier ‘Aero’ model utilized a 2.8-liter turbocharged V6 making 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission was standard. Unique design elements of the Saab 9-4X included blue-tinted headlights, a forward-sloping C-pillar, Saab-style plastic mesh front air vents, and a console-mounted engine start button; a nod to Saabs of years prior that saw their ignitions located on the center console.
Why it’s Rare
In total just 814 9-4Xs were built, the vast majority of which were 2011 models. This makes the Saab 9-4X extremely rare by modern standards, especially as far as mainstream vehicles go. Currently, there are just 6 9-4Xs listed for sale on Autotrader. But while the options are slim, their pricing indicates that you can buy one of these rare Saab SUVs for a reasonable sum. Pricing on Autotrader for the 9-4X ranges between $9,000 and $20,000, and $8,000-$15,000 seems to be about the going rate. The most compelling option currently listed is an Aero model with 125,000 miles and an asking price of $11,995. Vehicles this rare usually command a heavy price premium and often come with significant compromises to ownership like poor reliability, a lack of day-to-day livability, expensive maintenance, and limited parts availability. These drawbacks hardly apply to the 9-4X though. While it would certainly be tough to find body panels, the 9-4X’s GM underpinnings mean mechanical components should be readily available, and reliability shouldn’t be an issue. All around, it’s a midsize SUV with mainstream sensibilities that would also turn heads at any Cars and Coffee. So if you’re looking for an affordable, economical daily driver and you also happen to like weird cars, keep your eye out for a Saab 9-4X! Find a Saab 9-4X for sale
Chris O’Neill grew up in the rust belt and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He worked in the auto industry for a while, helping Germans design cars for Americans. Find him on Instagram and on YouTube.