While the urgent push for new models has meant that production of the GM-and-Saab-developed SUV has been considered a foregone conclusion for some time, Saab has this week confirmed that the 9-4X will debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show in November - although little else has been revealed.
These spy photos of the 9-4X testing in Europe show an almost completely undisguised look at the upcoming crossover, with the interior revealing that - for now, at least - Saab's new crossover sports the same steering wheel as the Opel Insignia and Astra.
Introduced as a replacement for the overseas Saab 9-7X, the 9-4X is expected to be positioned in the same size class as the BMW X5, with pricing more in line with the BMW X3 and Volvo XC60.
While details are scant, previous reports suggest the 2011 Saab 9-4X will be powered by a 210kW petrol V6, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and a Haldex all-wheel-drive system with electronic differential.
A diesel version is expected to be offered in Europe, developing 185kW and 550Nm of torque.
Saab does not currently offer the outgoing 9-7X on the Australian market, but with its new parent Spyker keen to make the most of its acquisition, we may soon see a change on that front in the form of the 9-4X.