Last week, the 2011 Saab 9-4X hit U.S. dealerships, adding a ray of hope to the automaker’s ongoing financial drama. The 9-4X also recently earned the rating of Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for its top scores of “Good” in front, side, rear and rollover crash tests and standard electronic stability control.

Saab is banking on the 9-4X to help pull the company out of its financial chaos. “Saab has been forced to idle output at its plant in Trollhattan, Sweden, after parts suppliers withheld shipments pending payment,” reports Automotive News. “Saab has secured new funding from various sources, including Chinese automakers, and hopes to resume output in Sweden in early August.”

The 9-4X hasn’t been affected by Saab’s production shutdowns in Sweden because it is manufactured alongside the Cadillac SRX in a General Motors plant in Mexico. Though Saab worked with General Motors while the two co-developed the 9-4X and the Cadillac SRX, reviewers agree that the vehicles are significantly different. Overall, the auto press says that the Saab 9-4X provides a sportier ride than most luxury midsize SUVs and provides a good value for the money.

Fortunately for Saab, the 9-4X’s sales are looking good so far. “Saab says over 100 orders have been placed across its 199 dealers nationwide, a small number by most standards, but not that low when one considers Saab has sold just 3,471 units year-to-date in the U.S.,” writes Left Lane News.

If you decide to snap up the 9-4X while you still can, rest assured that finding spare parts if Saab goes under shouldn’t be difficult, since it shares most of its under-the-skin components with GM models.

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