Autoweek are quoting Jay Spenchian saying that the first Saab to receive the Aero-X design language treatment could be the 9-3 range, due for redevelopment in 2008.
It seems Saab have taken some direction from the metapositive reactions to the Aero-X. The signals here indicate two things. First, the design language is going from a study in theory to application in real life Saab models. Second, the real life models mentioned don’t have the name Aero-X or Sonett. Not according to this article, anyway.
It’s a shame. Along with a lot of people, I tend to think that there’d be a great positive in making this car in a limited edition format (and by the way, there’s been some articles saying that journo drives will begin next month after the New York Motor Show).
But I digress. This article isn’t about the Aero-X, it’s largely about Saab’s future design and production capacity. Jay’s seeing big things for the future, but the writers urge caution due to the “Lutzing” of Saab’s design team (i.e. pared down in Sweden and some based in Germany).
Whatever the staffing setup looks like, 2008 – 2010 will most likely being the years that shape Saabs existence, or lack thereof, in 2011. If they can pull this new 9-3 off well, along with a new 9-5, the SUV and the smaller car, then there’s good times ahead. Even better if there’s a 2-seater in the range as well (one can dream).