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    2012 SAAB 9-4X CROSSOVER IN U.S

    The new 9-4X brings unique Saab design and engineering values to the growing, luxury mid-size crossover segment. Distinctive Scandinavian and aircraft-inspired looks are combined with car-like handling and ride characteristics: this is a vehicle which delivers driving and design appeal in equal measure.

    Muscular and sporty to drive, the 9-4X is aligned in looks and size between the 9-3X all-rounder and new 9-5 sedan. Outside and inside, it communicates its Saab identity with clean, uncluttered design and signature motifs, such as its wraparound-effect windshield, ice block lighting theme, driver-focused cockpit and flexible cargo handling.

    In true Saab tradition, the 9-4X delivers on its sporty persona. It is configured around a unique, purpose-designed crossover body structure, which has been key to delivering such excellent handling and ride properties. Its car-like driving dynamics can be enhanced still further by Saab’s advanced all-wheel-drive system, Saab XWD, and DriveSense adaptive chassis control. Both are standard with Aero, while Saab XWD is also available as an option.

    Under the hood, nestles a choice of compact and efficient V6 engines, naturally-aspirated or turbocharged. The 265 hp, 3.0-liter motor for entry-level and premium variants features direct fuel injection and variable valve timing; while the 300 hp, 2.8-liter exchanges direct injection for twin-scroll turbocharging and is exclusive to top-of-line Aero variants. Both engines are mated to six-speed automatic transmissions under adaptive, electronic control.

    2011 DODGE AVENGER WITH NEW INTERIOR & ENGINE

    Very minor adjustments have been made to the 2011 Dodge Avenger’s exterior, notably a revised lower front fascia and the addition of LED taillamps out back. It’s a much more conservative refresh than the exterior changes on its Chrysler Sebring 200 twin.

    Like the rest of Chrysler’s refreshed products, the Avenger gets a nearly all-new interior, and if you simply reference the old cabin versus the new one, you’ll see what an improvement it is. The automaker also promises a much quieter cabin, with extensive effort paid to sound deadening.

    Under the hood, Chrysler has fitted a recalibrated version of its 2.4L inline-4, with an estimated 175 hp, and mated to a new 6-speed automatic transmission. Of course, the automaker’s new 3.6L Pentastar V6 is available, pumping out 283 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque in this application.

    Additional big changes will be felt from behind the wheel, as Chrysler has heavily reworked the Avenger’s suspension geometry. 26 of the car’s 30 suspension bushings have been completely redesigned, the front and rear tracks have been bumped out by an inch, wider tires have been fitted and the car rides a bit lower to the ground. What’s more, the steering has been reworked to offer a more precise feeling and better level of engagement.

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