More Geneva whisperings

I’ve been quite tentative about writing this up as it’s been from sources I can’t confirm as genuine.  BUT, it has been from two independant sources and both have said similar things to two different levels of detail.

The crux of all this smoke n mirrors stuff is that the Aero-X may not be the only new product we see from Saab at Geneva.  Whilst there may not be cars there in the flesh, I’ve received indications that there may at least be imagery of the 9-4x SUV and the smaller car that’s going to replace the 9-2x and make a genuine go of taking on Audi’s A3 and BMW’s 1-series.

One source in particular indicated that he has been shown pictures of the SUV and remarked that the front of the vehicle he saw was pretty much the same as the 9-4x cameraphone shot I published here last year.

Now, that car was beleived to be a prototype of the 9-6x at the time as the 9-6x was still slated for production back then and the rear end of it looked quite Suuby-like.  This new Djup Strupe (my name for inside informers) indicated that the vehicle he saw in pictures, named to him as the 9-4x, looked the same at the front but was a five door, rather than the 3-door in the photo.

I can’t confirm the authenticity of the sources, but the fact that similar info has come in from two separate sources lends a certain amount of its own integrity.  We’ll have to wait and see, I guess.

Here’s the front I’m talking about.  It’ll be familiar to those of you that have been hanging around here for some time.

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6 Comments

  1. I would think that Subaru front is dead and buried.(thank god)

    I also think that its too early to show any future 9-4X model concepts.

    Same goes for entry level Saab.

    Unless they need some positive feedback from them to secure funding.

  2. The top half of the of the 9-4X front end (grill and headlights) is quite nice. The bottom half is pretty poor and looks of a far Eastern origin, but from recollection the rear end screamed Alfa Romeo crossed with the Tribeca – not nice.
    Hopefully they may have it all sorted out for Geneva, but we’ll have to wait and see 😉

  3. The respect what Saab could win with the Aero-X could be lost if they issue again such anti-Saab vehicles as described. :((
    It seems a desperate and amateur attempt to create vehicles which looks like Saab for the incompetent public.

  4. One good thing about getting a glimpse of the 9-4X at Geneva would be that we could see exactly what design elements from the Aero-X SAAB intends to carry over to the rest of the product line.

    The Aero-X is supposed to show the design direction SAAB is looking to go. What exactly that means, I don’t know, so the 9-4X should clarify that for us.

    Many car companies try to carry a design “theme” across their product line. With VW and Audi you see the same grill, headlights, and taillights design. With BMW you got that muscular angular look. With SAAB it’s been all over the place. With the facelifted 9-5 it appeared that upcoming models would be getting the Mauer grill and front end treatment, but now with the Aero-X it appears not. So will the next gen SAABs have a front end like the Mauer designs (and the current 9-5, derived from the 9X) or the Nesbitt design (in the Aero-X)? I don’t know, but it should be interesting to see if SAAB can come up with a plan and actually stick to it!

  5. “Is this a picture of a potential 9-4X prototype in post #3 in this thread?”

    No aeronaut, that’s a picture of the 9-3X. Nice try though, I wish the 9-4 looks similar to it :).

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