My thanks to Robert for the tip on this one
Prior experience has taught me to be cautious with articles from this source, but for what it’s worth….
Back on Good Friday I posted the cover of the latest Tekniken’s Valrd magazine, featuring their rendering of a potential Saab 9-4x.
The article is now online here with a few more photos accompanying it.
Here’s their rear three-quarter profile. There’s a clearer front image and side profile at the link.
And here’s my dodgy Systran translation:
Saab fulfills its 60 years and in June comes the 9-3 with a new appearance and four wheel drive. Within a two year period, there will come three new Saab-models: “lill-Saaben” (I’m not sure what they mean by this), a new 9-5 and the entirely new 9-4X….
The future Saab 9-4X symbolises “the new Saab”, the car will be loaded with all new Saab-DNA in design and technology.
Saab has been on the trend towards an suv, or cuv (cross over utility vehicles) as car analysts have begun to refer to the car type, but the mandate at GM has been small. The Saab 9-2X and 9-7X came in desperation because the competitors already had time to release their suv/cuv on the market. The 9-4X is unlike these, developed from the start with Saab in the thoughts of designers and although most of the car is a mix of GM-teknik, the car without hesitation is to become a Saab. The design has been taken forward by Saab’s design department in Rüsselsheim, but also using the the small satellite unit in Gothenburg and Trollhättan comprising 10-15 designers, who have contributed in order to make sure the style will be correct.
Tekniken’s Varld has produced three pictures of the Saab 9-4X that illustrates the new mold. The success with concept Aero X the previous year has given GM/Saab …(unsure)… now they know what one wants to. This has resulted in a clearly indicated suv-front combined with the new smooth Aero X-look. A relatively flame side window gives a sportier design compared with, for example the BMW X3, and is a design idea that 9-4X will divide with ….. in Sweden – new Volvo XC60. …….. The rear gets standing lamps in Saabs new white style and a hatch that reaches right to down to the load floor.
Count on the car showing at the autumn’s Frankfurt Motor Show as a concept. The completed production mock-up should be shown in Detroit in January 2008 and should be available at your Saab dealer close to next summer.
Like I said, that’s my attempt at a translation using Systran. If there’s anything important I’ve missed or got wrong, can one of you Swedes please let us all know.