New 900? Not likely, but hope springs eternal.

From Auto Express, via Autoblog, via Saab Central:

A spiritual successor to the legendary Saab 900 Turbo is on the way. The car will be a replacement for the 9-2X, the Subaru Impreza-based estate that Saab currently sells in America.

The Swedish firm has told Auto Express the new car will be a hatchback, not a load-lugger, and that it will slot in beneath the 9-3 in the range, taking on rivals such as Audi’s A3 and the BMW 1-Series. Set for launch in 2008, it will also form the basis of the next Impreza. That car will mark the arrival of diesel engines for the Japanese firm.

Meanwhile, we’ve learned Saab is to unveil a new model in 2007, which will compete with the Volvo XC90. Saab GB boss Jonathan Nash said: "We’ve designed a crossover model that will drive like an ordinary car on the road, but will also be a capable performer in the rough. It will cost between �25,000 and �35,000, and be a cheaper alternative to the Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover Sport."

Over on Saab Central (link above), Jezzadee posted the following rant in return:

It’s not going to have any connection to the C900 except for some
intellectually famished advertising man’s utterly lame attempt to scrape
a bit of credibility out of Saab’s heritage to make up for a total lack
of quality ideas.

I couldn’t resist that one.

I’ll leave the crossover vehicle part of that first story alone for a bit.  Suffice to say anyone looking forward to placing a deposit on a 9-6x ought to get down to the Suuby showrooms.

Whilst Jezzadee’s rant doesn’t quite echo my feelings on the announcement, it should be said that the recall of the C900 ‘aura’ would be a fanciful attempt at tugging on the heartstrings of a bunch of model-sick old Saabists.  It’s a bit like George Lucas trying to do these last 3 Star Wars movies. You’re glad to see the franchise still going, but you KNOW it ain’t a patch on the original.

So would it be with a deliberate 900 remake. 

Bottom Line:  If they do replace the 9-2x in coming years with a Saab designed vehicle, let’s not bother pretending it’s the 900 reincarnated and just hope that it’s a damn good quality car.

This story gives a more accurate impression of where the 9-2x replacement may come from.  A hat tip to the Saab Club of Western Canada’s Saabken for picking it up:

Replacement for the current 9-2X small family model offered in the US
(and possibly Europe from 2006) – this is now seen as being an interim
model. Next time around, the 9-2’s thought to be a version of the
Vauxhall/Opel Astra, to be built in Europe, rather than a reworked
Subaru Impreza wagon.

An Astra sized model would seem to be the ideal platform for launching an Audi A3 or Bimmer 1-series competitor.  Maybe they could mould this body shell over the chassis.   I could just imagine an AWD 2.2L turbocharged Swedish beasty getting the 4-ringed hun shaking in it’s shoes!!  How sweet it would be.

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6 Comments

  1. “it should be said that the recall of the C900 ‘aura’ would be a fanciful attempt at tugging on the heartstrings of a bunch of model-sick old Saabists. It’s a bit like George Lucas trying to do these last 3 Star Wars movies. You’re glad to see the franchise still going, but you KNOW it ain’t a patch on the original. So would it be with a deliberate 900 remake.”

    It took Saab a little longer to do what several other makers have already done to gain market share and “rein in” the boomer generation by tugging on their heartstrings ….. witness the New Beetle, Mini, soon-to-be defunct Thunderbird and of course the new ‘Stang, just to name a few examples. I predict Saab old timers may cast a slightly more cynical eye towards the neo-classic C900/9-2X, it being a Saabaru and all. But perhaps it’ll open up a totally new market for THEIR kids whose generation grew up with “riced up” Civic Si’s, Evos, WRXs and the likes. The 2nd-gen 9-2X may just be the ticket for them to discover realize the uniqueness and individuality that underpins the Saab philosophy and brand.

    And just maybe the car would even draw in older buyers who were not part of the intended target market. The Honda Element is an example whereby many of the buyers are quite a bit older than what Honda had envisioned. But just think of the possibility of owning a new Saab “900” that doesn’t:

    – require several hundreds of dollars of repairs once or twice a year;
    – break down when you least expect it;
    – have headliners that sag;
    – have faint smell of gasoline most of the time;
    – have auto trannies that expire by 100k miles;
    – have cracked dashboard
    – yada, yada, yada ………

    I don’t know about some of you folks, but I’m excited already. Here’s my first dollar [clink] going into my new 900 piggy bank 🙂

    My $0.25

  2. hopefully, gm learned a valuable lesson
    with the first generation 9-2x. i be-
    lieve the successor, even if it’s not a
    “load lugger,” will be much better.

  3. I think the really exciting thing about it is that it’ll be (according to the reports) jointly developed and Saab inside and out. The 9-2x was a great concept that was poorly executed (time constraints). It needed a Saab interior to be accepted better. That this one will get the full treatment will get a lot of people over the hurdle.

    I’d drop a *clink* in the money jar too, but I’m afraid my Saabs will always be 8-10 years old at best – they cost way too much here in Oz (then again, what’s to say I can’t clink for a 2nd hand purchase in 2018??)

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