[puts on hat, places carnation in lapel and folded newspaper under left arm]
I have a source. Let’s call this source “Djup Strupe” for the time being.
I just contacted this source through a myriad of disguised phone lines that showed Djup Strupe’s location as being in Tangiers. Like I said, they were disguised.
Anyway, this source is connected, knows a thing or two about what’s going on in the Swedish kingdom. And here’s what the source told me:
1) The 9-5 spyshots we’ve seen up until now are very accurate. Djup Strupe saw some photos of the facelifted model that will debut at Frankfurt in September, taken directly from Trollhattan by Saab in the last few weeks and shown directly to him by some Saab honchos from Sweden. The 9x type nose as seen in these spyshots may be the look that is coming on newer model Saabs in the future. Djup did say that the nose in the photos shown was very similar to the 9x, with the outer ports of the old 3-port grill integrated with the headlights.
2) The same Swedish Saab honchos also revealed to Djup Strupe photos of the proposed 9-6x!! I begged and pleaded but these are top secret and were shown to Djup Strupe only, rather than handed over. I offered Djup Strupe a look at a photo posted here last week and Djup Strupe said that it’s a pretty good likeness. Djup Strupe was quite enthused by the pictures seen, to say the least.
This is the pic, different from he C-pillar back, but otherwise a pretty good likeness to what Djup Strupe saw:
And yes, I know this is the smaller 9-4x sized proposal, but we’re looking at styling and concept here, not definites.
3) The 9-2x in its current guise will never be seen oustide North America and the 9-6x will only make it to Australia if a model is developed for Europe, Great Britain in particular (due to RHD compatibility). That’s nothing new, but what is new is that Suuby are fighting an Australian 9-6x like you wouldn’t believe as we’re Suuby’s 2nd biggest market outside of Japan.
[removes hat, crushes carnation and burns newspaper]