First of all, “Towiig” just dropped the following in comments:
According to a local saab-dealer the new 9-4x will come in nov/des 07 as a 08my. in the beginning only the engine 2.8V6 will be available just to get the big attention for it (important engine for usa?). Afer a couple of months the biopower and the diesel will come. The car will first be shown at the 60 th anniversary in june at Trollättan. It is based on the epsilon II platform.
What I think Towiig’s dealer is referring to is the MY08 Saab 9-3, but perhaps in the SportCombi guise.
Could we be hearing some further mutterings of a nomenclature change? I think SaabKen was the first to speculate on this a few weeks or so ago.
i.e. the Sport Sedan and Convertible will retain the 9-3 badge but the SportCombi fitted with XWD will get a 9-4x badge?
It’s an interesting thought and one that gives Saab a genuine extra name in the model line and significant enough changes to justify it.
UPDATE: According to Patric95 in comments, we can cut this thought right now.
The 9-4X name will not be used on the 9-3 Combi awd. And the target intro date is Jan of ’09. The revamped 9-3’s will be the news for Saab for at least a year to year and a half. Sedan first,combi, and then awd 9-3. Plus although not new for everyone..the US market will get the E85 cars. Sadly the dealer who gave that info is not correct.
So who’s right?
Well, all I can say is Patric’s been pretty accurate in the past.
Of course, the vehicle we’ve all been used to referring to as the 9-4x isn’t being made yet, but it is on the plans, most likely for 2009.
MotorTrend has an article today on Carl-Peter Forster and Bob Lutz talking up use of the Lambda architecture for the Saab Crossover.
Forester clearly believes that a Saab conceived and developed ute-like vehicle (crossover, anyone?) would be just the ticket to help return the brand to profitability. GM global product chief Bob Lutz has said Saab would be a likely candidate for a vehicle based on the automaker’s Lambda architecture, which underpins the new GMC Acadia among others. A purpose-built Saab with Lambda underpinnings would make sense from a cost and resource perspective.
Here’s the GMC Acadia for anyone that’s interested…..
…..and here’s all we know so far about the 9-4x so far.