These are just my thoughts, nothing more.
When we first heard about a possible Saab smaller car emerging as a replacement for the 9-2x, there was specific mention of the car being a “spiritual descendant” of the classic Saab 900 of the 1980’s and early 90’s. There was a bit of excitement of that idea and a few eyebrows as well.
The 9-2x left a lot of people with a bitter taste regarding GM’s model development when it comes to Saab. It’s a hell of a shame actually, as all this would have happened only a year or two after GM would have won a lot of Saabisti over with the new 9-3 Sport Sedan. Talk about burning up your goodwill.
So here we are with a proposed replacement for the 9-2x on the table. What could they do with it? A relatively clean slate to play with just a shared basic platform to think about.
Well, if BMW can take this…
…and craft a modern interpretation like this to great success…..
…..then what do you think a bunch of Aero-X proven, talented designers like Anthony Lo and Alex Daniel could do with this…..
OK, bear with me.
First up, this is not just a retro thing, this is a good design thing.
The classic Saab 900 is probably the most recognisable Saab image out there, because it is such a disctinctive, good design. A modern interpretation of this shape a-la the new Mini is a very entertaining prospect. It’d have to be a bit smaller than the original 900, which is entirely manageable.
Power it with a Biopower 2.0T or clean diesel, option it for AWD, include class leading interior design and materials, versatile storage and configuration (think 9-3x or 9x) and price it to compete sub-9-3 and you’re cooking with gas.
You get a modern take on a great design, along with all the practicality that it encompassed. Provided the vehicle drives like it should, you’re on a winner with the modern fuel conscious driver as well as all those college students from the 1980’s that are now in their 40’s, advancing, and can afford a nostalgic toy that drives like a go-kart with the practicality of a truck. I’m pretty sure that a high quality re-take of the classic 900 would attract plenty of interest from old-time Saabisti that have left for other brands.
OK, I’m dreaming, but isn’t that part of the process?