The Saab 900 of 1993 was the last Saab to have a truly notable windscreen. It’s curvature would always ‘wow’ the uninitiated and provided for great visibility for the driver.
Auto Express are reporting that the next new entry level Saab may also sport a windscreen of some note, though slightly different to the old wraparound. They’re rumouring that the next 9-2 will feature GM’s new "panorama" screen, which is making it’s debut in the UK on certain Astra Sport Hatch models.
Vauxhall’s bright idea of stretching the front glass up and over the roof works brilliantly on its latest Astra Panorama and the concept looks set to spread.
The glass could even appear on Saab’s top-secret new premium hatchback. Due on sale in 2008, the Swedish model will be called the 9-2, and will take on the likes of the Audi A3 and BMW 1-Series. A spokesperson for parent firm General Motors explained that the clear roof would "fit perfectly into the Saab brand’s sporty image and aircraft heritage".
It’ll be interesting to see whether the Geneva showcar is sporting this big screen (and by the way, can’t you just imagine some young London lad on a double-decker peering down the top of some unsuspecting lady’s dress – or is that just me?).
Other interesting notes from this report – Auto Express date the 9-2 as coming out in 2008. Other reports that I’ve read consistently mention 2010. John, who provided the link, noted that it wouldn’t be first time AE’s made a prediction and cocked it up big time.
Secondly, the big glass and the fact that it weakens the body means that power output has to be limited below 200bhp. It’ll be interesting to see how the Saab engineers mess with this to offer some more poke.