News just coming through the wires that Saab and Subaru have been consulting with…….wait for it……Porsche in order to develop a diesel boxer engine for use in the 9-6x.
Whoa!! This in from ITV….
….the big news is that the three-litre petrol boxer engine will not be alone. Saab and Subaru have been working closely to develop a boxer turbodiesel which is likely to debut in the 9-6X as a flat-four or flat-six. Industry sources say Saab have been working with Porsche engineers in an effort to advance the design of a horizontally-opposed turbodiesel engine. The German firm’s expertise in extracting high outputs from petrol-fuelled boxer layouts has apparently proved useful in creating an oil-burner with a sporting character.
How good could this vehicle be?
I’ve read in comments to the 9-6x preview photos that there’s a lot of scepticism surrounding this vehicle, but I suspect it could be a much better entrant in the SUV segment than the 9-7x. More individual, more versatile and if it comes with a flat-six diesel as an option, then it should be well and truly up to any towing tasks that you might have.
This is good news. The article quotes the 9-6x as being available in Britain in late 2007.