I thought I’d bring this back to the top.
There’s heaps of great ideas in comments here. Have a read through them and if you’ve got any ideas to add, then please do so. I’m heading off to bed for now, but I plan to do a summary entry so that the people’s thoughts can appear fron and centre in a post on the front page.
Realistically speaking, if this car is only 18 months away from debut, then even the most groundbreaking idea is going to fall on deaf ears – but it’ll be a good measure to refer back to when the car finally arrive.
And Saab, if you’re reading this – USB ports would be a GREAT idea!
They’re moving Saab production to Germany!
Some see this as an issue and some don’t, which is fair enough. I’ll expand on my position by saying that it’s OK to build some Saabs outside of Sweden, but I’d consider it essential for a company like Saab to maintain a significant presence in it’s home market.
They’re already getting most of the design and engineering done outside of Sweden. In fact, the guy I spoke to in Sydney about the Aero-X last year said it was one of the finest German concept cars he’d been involved with.. And yes, I was shocked.
So please, do something more than think about them in Sweden in the future – continue to build them as well as shape the way the brand develops in the future.
One thing that I think we’ll all agree on, though, is that the next 9-5 needs to be great. It’s the flagship. It will most likely provide the greatest insight into the full application of the Aero-X design language and hence, what Saabs will look like for the next 5-7 years.
It’s an important car.
This article has been inspired by a thread over at Saab Central that Gripen pointed out to me a few days ago. For those of you that don’t visit there, I thought it might be a bit of fun to speculate, make wishes, make demands, advise, consult, insult….or whatever you want about the next 9-5.
What do you want to see?
Some of the best ideas (IMHO) from the SC thread
– 300 to 350hp
– AWD option
– better interior materials
– proper bluetooth and iPod integration
– great fuel economy
And a few ideas of my own….
– a premium hatch really is possible (OK, maybe not)
– resurgence of the Griffin luxury model
– top grade sports saloon handling
– BioPower as standard
Things I don’t want to see….
– Needless electronic gadgets and gizmos
I don’t want to list too much stuff though, because you all are smarter about these things than me.
So please go to it in comments. What do you want to see in the next Saab 9-5?
To get the vreative juices flowing, here one of the cgi’s we say a few months ago. it’s the best of the lot in my opinion. I’d be pretty happy if it came out looking something like this.