This parking lot has been great for spotting rare and unusual cars. Last month, I found a 1992 Geo Storm. Today, I found another rare vehicle, also produced under the watch of General Motors: the 2011 Saab 9-4X. Only 457 units were produced.

Produced for only the 2011 model year, the 9-4X was billed as a replacement for the GMT360 based 9-7X. The 9-4X was not originally intended as a replacement for the 9-7X. In fact, that role was to be filled by the Saab 9-6X. The 9-6X was a Subaru Tribeca with tweaked sheet metal, similar to the 9-2X and the Subaru Impreza. However, General Motors sold their stake in Subaru in 2005, ending the partnership between Saab and Subaru. Saab would continue with the 9-7X until 2009, while Subaru took the already designed 9-6X body and used it for the 2008 Tribeca refresh.

Still needing a replacement for the 9-7X, the 9-4X was devised. The result was basically a re-skinned second generation Cadillac SRX. Mechanically, everything was carried over from the SRX. Only the interior and exterior styling differed. Both were built in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, making the 9-4X the first and only Mexican built Saab.

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The 2011 model year was cut short for Saab, due to their bankruptcy. After all was said and done, only 457 units were produced, which is unheard of for a mass produced car.