Now that the Saab brand is probably down forever, Rick Kranz of Automotive News ponders whether the 9-4x crossover could be rebadged and sold under one of General Motors brands.
I'd say the answer to this question is almost certainly no. The 9-4x was developed while GM still owned the Swedish brand and was briefly built at the same Mexican factory that builds the mechanically identical Cadillac SRX and formerly built the very similar Saturn Vue (and now the fleet-only Chevy Captiva).
Kranz posits that with a new fascia, the 9-4x could become an overseas Chevy or Opel crossover. That would be a great idea if GM didn't already have Chevy and Opel crossovers of the same size that are sold elsewhere. The Opel Antara is a re-badged version of the defunct Vue and the Captiva fills Chevy showrooms. While it's a shame to discard the Saab body and interior tooling, it really doesn't seem like there is a viable option.
Could GM resurrect the Saab 9-4X under a different badge?
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