Swedish automaker Saab
was sold last year by owner General Motors
to exotic car maker Spyker
. And though Spyker is anxious to chart a new course for the always quirky Saab
, the ties to GM
re still very much in evidence.
Witness the debut of the Saab 9-4 luxury
crossover at the LA Auto Show
, a fine looking vehicle that was completely developed by GM on the same platform as the Cadillac
SRX crossover. That's not a bad thing, as the bones of the SRX are very nice indeed.
Even under GM management, though, the Swedes were allowed to Saabify the 9-4 as much as possible. Indeed, the exterior styling does look more akin to the Saab 9-5
sedan than the SRX.
It has lots of luxe goodies like eight-way power adjustable seats, Bluetooth connectivity and a tri-zone climate
control system. Under the hood, there is a naturally-aspirated 265-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 and a direct-injection, turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 that produces pumps
300 hp. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. All-wheel-drive is standard.