The new crossover from the Swedish automaker Saab; the Saab 9-4X will not be offered with a diesel engine. According to Autocar, sales will be hampered by the lack of a diesel and company boss Jan Ake Jonsson has said a diesel 9-4X is unlikely to ever be launched.
“If you then look at the life cycle of the vehicle, typically five or six years, before we actually have a diesel engine, we have to find one, we have to test it, we have to install it, validate it, and you are two years into the life cycle,” he said.
The new Saab 9-4X has been unveiled for the first time last week at the LA Auto Show. The new crossover will go on sale in US in May with two petrol V6s – a 265bhp 3.0 and a300bhp 2.8T.
If in US an diesel engine will not help very much sales, for the European market, an diesel unit is a must, and if Saab wants’ to have success then they have to do something. In Europe, the new Saab 9-4X will go on sale from August with only one engine – the 2.8 turbo gasoline engine.