Little bits of model news…

Firstly, XWD.

For those of you who consider yourselves technical boffins, Haldex have finally filled out their website for XWD with content. It’s available here.

Haldex XWD system If you prefer your information condensed and in Swedish, there’s an article here at Auto Motor and Sport. but you English speakers shouldn’t feel left out – if you click through to the AM&S article and click on the image at the bottom (the graphs) you’ll get a link to a PDF file in English that goes into all sorts of detail about how the new system works.

I think the website’s the best bet, though. It’s been available for a little while now, but was only a skin with no information on it. That situation has now changed and there’s all sorts of detail in there, as well as groovy pictures like this one.


Second, do you like honeycomb?


Third, B M has shot me an email to let me know that the Dutch publication, telegraaf, has published an article stating that the next generation 9-3 will be coming in 2011.

Bigger than that, though, is the mention in the article that it will be coming in a coupe variant!!


Unfortunately there’s no link to the article online at this point but if that changes I’ll definitely link it up here.


Fourth, with reference to the “9-3x” story I published the other day, please not the following comment from someone who I presume is in a position to know such things:

this is coming next year make no mistake..


Interesting stuff here:

Auto parts supplier TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. said Tuesday it will equip more than 40 different car models including the Mini Cooper, the Saab 9-3, and several General Motors Corp. heavy-duty pickup trucks with an electronic stability control system.

No further details at this stage, however.

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  1. Having the 9-3X (or whatever the Volvo Cross Country competitor looking thing is) come next year is pretty pointless- Saab will have the 9-4X, and the 9-3 will be nearing the end of its life cycle.
    Then again, Volvo makes both an XC70 Cross Country and the XC90, which seem to coexist quite nicely, so I guess this might make a little sense.

  2. “Second, do you like honeycomb?” -Swade

    I might be off in a totally different direction, but does this involve Hexcel, or something like it? Are we talking structural rigidity?

    “Saab has been a major customer of Hexcel composite materials for over 25 years…” (taken from a news article on Hexcel website)

    Or are you talking about bees?

  3. jchan2: the thing with the XC70 and XC90 is one is a large 4WD station wagon and the other’s an SUV (so they really won’t compete against each-other too much). The XC70 roughly matches the size of a 9-5 Sport Wagon. ovloV doesn’t appear to have an XC model which would be comparable in size to the smallish 9-3 Sport Combi.

    I think that a 9-3X would be too similar to the 9-4X “crossover” and each would sap sales from the other.

    Regarding the 9-3 having a coupe variant, could this bring us closer to a hatch variant? From what I’ve heard the reason SAAB went away from two door cars and hatchbacks is because the American market doesn’t favor them. So… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Are we talking about Honeycomb the cereal?******4300011171*** ?
    if so, yes. I very much like Honeycomb. ๐Ÿ˜›

  4. My betting dollar is that when the +300hp XWD variant is introduced in late ’07/early ’08, there’ll also be a crossover version of the Aero XWD SportCombi.

    Recall the 2.8T V6 was introduced IN the 9-3SC in ’05.

    That’s my story and I’m sticking to it ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. You may have read my original thoughts about the 9-3x here:

    As I was trying to doze off, and something hit me. I’m either brilliant, or stupid and slow, likely the latter, but I just realized something.

    There IS a way for an 9-3x ute and the 9-4x to co-exist without hampering sales. I believe, if only, just not in the same market!

    The 9-4x, being built in Mexico, is a likely contender to the XC90/X3/ML/Q7/etc. It’s not really needed in Europe/Asia/Oz. The Crossover, or CUV, is a replacement product for the SUV, which has become as American as the Cheeseburger to cars. Not so to the rest of the world. It’s most likely easier to import from Mexico than abroad, too. If you are making a US only platform, do it as local as possible, with consolidatable resources, ala the established Mexico plant (that makes the new Theta crossovers).

    It is Europe/Asia/Oz/Wherever non-US where there will be the 9-3x market. There would be no conflict in sales this way, and each would exist, and serve it’s purpose.

    We all agree, a ‘crossover’ in the 9-4x looks good in US driveways, while the 9-3x seems to find a better market niche in Scandinavia, but I’d like to see both here to choose from. ๐Ÿ™‚

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