Here’s some more info (yet again) on the 9-1 article, from Tekniken’s Varld. This is the publication with the following images that have been used here before, and which have created a bit of a stir in the last few days.
The following translation was provided by ctm. The original text in Swedish is here at the Tekniken’s Varld website. They’ve also got this profile cgi, which I hadn’t seen previously.
It’s two years until the premiere of Saab’s smaller car – Saab 9-1. Teknikens Värld can now reveal some info about this car, which rumors say will be produced in Trollhättan.
For decades, there have been talk about a smaller Saab, but ther has never been a successor to Saab 96. Not until now. One year ago, Jan-Åke Jonsson said that a smaller Saab was in development and during the autumn the rumor was almost official [?]. According to our sources, the new Saab 9-1 will be presented two years from now. The small Saab 9-1 will share technology with several other brands in the GM family.
The design of the new Saab 9-1 is still a secret, but sources from [?] GM/Saab design center in Rüsselheim tell us that it will be something special [strange wording in the article]. After the success last year with the Aero-X, the Saab management have confidence in a new design language and the new 9-1 shares a lot with that concept.
The front will get a whole new look, with the classic three-part openings in a new configuration. In line with the new design trend, the grille is big while the two outer openings are integrated with the headlights.
The hood gets a distinct curvature, and the windshield is typically Saab. The question is how this can be done since it will share with Opel Astra (which will have a ordinary shaped windshield). The rear will ge a “high profile” [hard to translate], and the hatch-back has returned to Saab.
Apart from tree- and five-door hatchback, there are plans for a 9-1 SportCombi with a estimated premiere in 2010/2011. After that, there are plans for a 9-1 Convertible and this would be the first Saab with a retractable hardtop. But the decision on that is not yet taken.
More info about the spectacular interior design and the engine lineup is available in the latest issue.
I’ve got to say that some things have happened recently which would cause me to use a fair measure of caution with this imagery and by extension, the assertions coming from this source.
Enjoy, but wait for some confirmation.