Mike Stevens | Mar 30, 2011

Saab's upcoming 9-4X crossover is unlikely to adopt GM's more powerful 3.6 litre engine destined for the Cadillac-badged version of the medium SUV, according to reports out of Europe today.

For now, at least, the big Saab will draw power from the same 2.8 litre turbocharged V6 that drives the new 9-5 sedan, producing 224kW and 400Nm of torque.

“GM is going to put a 3.6-liter V6 into the SRX to replace the 2.8-liter turbo V6,” Saab's soon-to-be retired CEO Jan Ake Jonsson said. “We have the option to take that engine too but we haven’t yet decided if we want to do that.”

The 9-4X is also expected to go without a diesel engine for some time, due to the petrol preference of its target markets.

“We could probably double our sales volume of the 9-4X in Europe with a diesel. But the 9-4X is really a vehicle for markets like the US, Russia, China and Australia where gasoline is the traditional buyer preference," Jonsson added.

It's a decision that will undoubtedly affect sales in Australia, where diesel take-up is growing and most of the 9-4X's likely competitors are offered with diesel options.

The 9-4X is expected to debut in Australia later this year, following the local launch of the 9-5 in April.

 

BMW Engines for Saab

Speaking with website AutomotiveWorld, Jonsson also confirmed that BMW's new 1.6 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine will feature among the engine options for the next-generation 9-3.

He added that the 1.6 litre engine will not figure in the 9-5's engine line-up, describing Saab as "very happy with our GM-sourced powertrains."

“We will see how it works out with the BMW engine in the next 9-3 and we will take it from there. BMW is an easy organization to work with. I was last with the executives we are dealing with two weeks ago and we speak to each other all the time."

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