Just a quick thought.
The entry below is pushing the line that the planned Saab 9-4x will be a 7-seat Crossover Utility Vehicle. It’s being designed in concert with a Cadillac and a Buick variant of the same basic vehicle. Obviously there will be tweaks to make each one individual in it’s own way.
What’s the point?
I’m not sure that a 7-seat variant really fits within the Saab design ethos (and yes I’ve ridden in the rear-facing seat of an old 95). Furthermore, what’s the point of designing a Saab that’s only going to be fighting against not one, but two stablemates that have both been developed at the same time. Is there going to be a legitimate marketplace for all 3 vehicles?
I’m starting to come around to the thought that the investment being made into a Saab variant of this vehicle would be better spent developing a more unique entry-level vehicle and ensuring the quick addition of AWD capability to the 9-3 and 9-5 model range, where the Combi variants would really show the benefits to those with active lifestyles.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m very interested in the development of the 9-4x and I think it’s got the potential to be a great segment-breaker for Saab if it’s done right. But if it’s just going to have sales and marketshare stolen away from Buick (of all freaking companies!!) then really – what’s the point?