GM have announced a Duramax diesel that’ll meet 2007 US emissions standards. This news has been around on the wires for the last few days and means absolutely nothing for Saab.
If Saab are to retain a 9-7x sized SUV into the future and I’m reading this article correctly, then this could be news worth hearing….
GM released few details on the new engine, a twin-cam V8 that will use a high-pressure common-rail fuel system, as well as a NOx after-treatment system with a diesel particulate filter to meet the emission-level regulations in all 50 U.S. states.
The new V8 turbodiesel will deliver “class-leading torque, power and refinement while maintaining a significant fuel-efficiency advantage over comparable-output gasoline engines.” With its narrow block, the diesel will fit into the same size engine compartment as a small-block V8 gasoline engine, GM said.
Saab could really do with a US-complying diesel sedan for 2007, but as the Autoextremist is fond of saying: look it up on notgonnahappen.com. If providing a replacement for the 9-7x is still all-systems-go, this then represents the first diesel possibility for Saab in the US so far.
Whether or not they’d even consider it for Saab would depend on the driving dynamics the engine will be able to deliver. Saab’s next SUV will be more of a crossover and therefore will have to deliver a more car-lke experience than the 9-7x.
It’ll be interesting to watch.