Saab’s life came to an abrupt and saddening end when General Motors pulled the plug on the brand during its Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring and sold it to Dutch supercar maker Spyker. The iconic Swedish brand went defunct in 2012 after GM blocked the transfer of technology and production rights Saab’s final owner, China’s NEVS.
But, two final Saabs made their way to the market before its unfortunate end. The 9-5 sedan and 9-4X crossover represented some of the best modern Saabs ever, but both were cut short. In a new video from YouTuber SaabKyle04, the 9-4X goes under the microscope to give viewers a better look at the brand’s final car, and one of the rarest modern vehicles ever.
Final production numbers are uncertain, but GM built somewhere between 600 and 814 9-4X crossovers before things went awry. The rarest of them all is the 9-4X Aero, which featured a 2.8-liter turbocharged V6 engine with 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The crossover was closely related to the Cadillac SRX, which shared the same turbocharged engine and rode on Theta Premium architecture.
The 9-4X was the only Saab ever built in Mexico before production ceased in 2011. Again, numbers are unclear, but about 60 2012 model year 9-4X crossovers were built.
Have a look at the final Saab in the video above, which has cemented itself as a proper unicorn in modern times.