Time for a little bit of Djup Strupery.
There’s one really interesting thing about that set of 9-4x photos and it ain’t the vehicle on the back of the truck. It’s the CGI image.
A source within GM tells me that that particular CGI is a 95%-plus accurate representation of ………..the front of the MY08 Saab 9-3.
The air dams at the front will be a little more rounded and substantial but other than that, from what I’ve been told this is very, very similar to what we should see in June this year. I’d imagine the proportions will be slightly different as the 9-3 will have a lower profile, but that’s just me. There’s also the conflict between this and the clamshell look of the hood in the spyphotos….
So take a good look at this face. You might be seeing a lot more of it.
Other things mentioned:
The Black Turbo project is a definite starter with a predicted rating in the order of 300 to 325 horsepower. Still no definite word as far as I know about whether or not Black Turbo is an actual model name, or just an internal one. Personally, I hope they call it a Viggen.
The production timetable for the next few years is told to me as follows:
1.) 2008 9-3 – Summer 2007 – No surprise
2.) 2008 9-3 AWD – Late Fall 2007
3.) Black Turbo – Early Spring 2008
4.) 20″ Wheels – 9-7X -2008 model year
5.) Late Summer/Early Fall 2008 – 9-4X
6.) And sadly – 9-5 Early Spring 2009
7.) Wild Cards – 2010-2011 sub 9-3 range , Hybrid 9-3.