Inside Line’s Karl Brauer had the privelege of sitting down with some Saab people over lunch the other day and was shown some pictures of the coming 9-4x AND the coming 9-5.
How do things like this happen?? Where’s my pics?
Anyway, Karl liked what he saw:
I saw pictures of the 9-4x and redesigned 9-5, and both look promising (there are definite elements from the Aero X concept car). The 9-4x has obvious Saab lines (which isn’t a bad thing), but the 9-5 has a striking design. Very interesting proportions and lines that give it a distinctive-yet-classy appearance. Saab has put plenty of energy into designing a compelling corporate face, and I think they’ve succeeded. The lighting elements (I’m talking exterior here) are particularly intriguing.
Sounds good, no?
I’ve also recently had a little correspondence with someone else who has seen a picture of the 9-4x and they referred me to this image from the front cover of Tekniken’s Varld a few months ago, saying it was a pretty accurate portrayal of how the 9-4x might look:
Earlier this year I made mention of a Saab dealer conference that’s going to take place in a few months time, gearing up for the 2008 model year. I’ll bet you my house, my dog AND my Viggen that dealers get to see a 9-4x in the metal at this gathering.
Should be interesting. And we’ll all get to see it properly next year (at the latest).