Auto Motor & Sport have kindly allowed me the use of these most recent MY08 SportCombi spyshots.
These originally appeared here at Auto Motor and Sport and are accompanied by an article there (in Swedish).
There’s several interesting things here:
1) The front-on shot. Book those daytime running lights in now, please. That’s a rather poorly taped strip of daytime runners above the headlamps. Was it a poor taping job, or poor quality tape?
2) Notice also the wonky side strips. Again, another tape job. The sides should be free of the black bump strips, I’d imagine.
3) Back to lighting. Go to the original shots at the AM&S link if you need to. Have a look at the front bumpers. There’s more tape between the air intakes and the central section and there’s a sliver of light peeping through there as well, just next to the driving lights. Low-runners?
4) You know, the front-end may be the last reminder we have of the 9-2x. It’s a lot like a cross between the 9-2x and the Aero-X. Less gap between the grilles, but it ain’t that far away.
In case any of you are thinking this is a bad thing, the best bit about the 9-2x insofar as it’s dressing up as a Saab was concerned was indeed the front end. I don’t see a downside to this. It’s just an observation.
5) Someone at the factory might want to note that the RHS tail lights don’t appear to be functioning.
6) We still haven’t seen a sedan version of this car yet. If there’s surprises being held close to Saab’s chest prior to June (and you can be sure that there are) then it must be something to do with the sedan.
I’ve received one email from a guy mentioning that the press will see this car in May.
That’s quite likely true, but only in the form of an electronic press kit. I’ve mentioned here previously that the mainstream press are going to be receiving their press kits in mid-May. This is so they can prepare their magazines etc to go to print with the news.
It’ll be interesting to see who, if any, of them break the press embargo. I’m quite sure there’ll be some shots circulating prior to June 10.