It’s been mentioned several times before by various publications speculating on Saab’s future model line. It’s also to be expected given it’s genesis, but it’s still interesting to hear discussion of the axe falling on the 9-7x from none other than Jan-Ake Jonsson himself.
Ttela.se – a Swedish paper – had a story on the demise of the 9-7x this weekend. Included in that story were comments by Jan-Ake Jonsson that confirmed that once the 9-4x comes along the 9-7x will be history.
Of course, given that the 9-7x is now the second-best selling Saab in the US, that means that the 9-4x is going to have to be a great SUV. It’s noted in the story that the 9-4x will be significantly smaller than the 9-7x. Previous stories we’ve seen on the subject indicate that the 9-4x will be a car-based SUV. And in a move that should please most of the 9-7x’s detractors, it’s reported that it’ll be “distinctly Saab”. From previous stories here at TS:
Saab will get a Crossover.
The Swedish design department have worked for some time at this model, in which they have tried to make a car with Saab values from the beginning, so says an employee of the fabric to AutoTelegraaf.nl. The car, a cross between a hatchback, combi and an SUV, has been developed the last months, parallel with the Crossover based on the Subaru crossover (Tribeca). Saab will start sales late 2007, at the earliest. “We will never join a running project again when developing a new Saab,” says the employee.
The sevenperson Crossover based on the Subaru B9 Tribeca seemed to become a Subaru with a Saab badge. According to reports, it was very difficult to turn the car into a real Saab. “We mustn’t forget that we cannot fool our customers. The are highly educated and have high demands. They won’t accept a Saab that doesn’t reflect Saab values for the full 100%. For the new Crossover, we started with an empty piece of paper. That’s the only way we can make a real Saab, with the hockeystick shape of the rear windows and the ignition lock between the front seats. This Cross-over will be a real Saab.” It isn’t based on another model, however Saab will use components of her sister-companies. Furthermore will the by Saab developed techniques under the skin, be used by other makes in the GM-concern.
Saab has got high expectations of this creation. “The Crossover based on the Subaru had it’s limitations. For example, in the original design, they hadn’t considered a diesel engine. In Europe the success of a car is set by the availability of diesel engines. The new type will be available with potent diesel engines from the start.” The car will be offered for sale all over the world. Where the production will be isn’t known. It is too early in the developement process to know that.
Thanks to Mts for the tip on ttela.