UPDATE: The consensus opinion from those in comments seems to be that the photo below is the Haldex AWD equipped 9-3 crossover that was canned a few years ago. Some have seen the photo before. It was new to me, hence the publication. I think it’s also interesting to see this vehicle and see what could have been. Looks alright to me. There’s some interesting thoughts in comments also as to whether or not Saab should even bother with such a vehicle, citing falling sales of Volvo’s XC90 etc. I tend to think it’s a worthwhile segment, though when you throw in the scarcity of development resources, it does become a real question for discussion.
You could speculate to the ends of the earth as to what this is actually a photo of. The word I got via email when the photo appeared in my inbox this morning was that it’s an allroad version of the 9-3, with AWD, a design that has apparently been cancelled.
My first impression when I opened the photo was “sport hatch concept”. That was a concept car a few years ago that paved the way for the 9-3 Sport Combi that’s been released this year.
I wouldn’t be too surprised if it is an allroad 9-3. There’s been rumours that one was floating around in parallel development to the died-in-development 9-6x. If it’s been cancelled, that’s most likely because the upcoming 9-4x will be somewhat different but similar in size and function. The car certainly seems to have a similar nose to the 9-3 but the enlarged wheel arches common to an AWD type vehicle, such as the 9-3x.
Anyway, here are the pics and your impressions are welcome…..click on any of them to enlarge.
Thanks to DV for emailing them to me.