Motor Authority are reporting that Ovlov are introducing some new Flexfuel engines that will effectively make their whole lineup E85 compatible and thereby challenge Saab’s current position as the flexfuel leader in Europe.
Volvo’s V70 and S80 models will be available with two new flex-fuel engines from the end of the year, making its entire lineup now flex-fuel ready. The V70 and S80 get either a new 2.0L four cylinder or a turbocharged 2.5L five cylinder.
I guess it was inevitable, but I’d love to see Saab retain it’s market leadership in this segment. They’re marketing BioPower pretty heavily and as E85 fuel gains greater traction in Europe, which it is, Saab need to ride that wave and drive home their advantage.
One thing that would really help is the release of the 9-4x to combat Ovlov’s SUVs and (finally) a new 9-5 flagship. I’ve been hearing some occasional mutterings from Saab staffers who are currently getting briefed on the coming models in Sweden. Lifesize models of the coming vehicles have been seen by many and they’re all coming up with the same response – Wow!
A combination of these two vehicles to compliment the new 9-3, as well as BioPower availability on the full model range, would really put a stamp on Saab’s progress.
And as a final aside, check out the photo accompanying the article. Talk about familiar!
And forgive me, Himanshu!