Following the Saab Festival in June, Saab Sweden were busy hosting media and dealers from all over the world. The main focus for the media, of course, was the new 9-3. But dealers got a look at future products and every one of them that I’ve ‘spoken’ to so far states that the stuff that’s coming is fantastic. As they’ve got to sell this stuff for a living I’m sure they wouldn’t be quiet about it if it was a fizzer.
Djup Strupe was there, of course, and he’s reported in as follows:
……we were presented with the “black turbo” Which looks great.
By the way, Europe will definitely have a 19″ wheel option on it. But the states will not. We will only be getting 18’s. The front air duct and the rear next to the exhaust are the two places where the car really looks different than a 9-3 aero. Plus of course the rims. The seats are amazing. They grip you like BMW M3 sport seats. These things are side bolstered for real.
Plus they also showed us a 9-3X. Basically it is a 9-3 Sport Combi with XWD that is also raised two inches. This is DEFINITELY A PRODUCTION CAR. We saw it with onstar inside which of course means it’s going stateside. It is meant to compete with all these crossovers until the 9-4X comes out.
Also, I saw the new 9-5 and new 9-4X. The 9-5 looks like a cross of the next Jaguar XF and the Maseratti Quattroporte. While it is still clearly a Saab, no one will be confusing it with the old 9-3. The design is even more radical than the difference between the 2002 9-3 and 2003 9-3. By the way, it also has one of the coolest interiors I have ever seen in a car. Words cannot describe how innovative it is.
…..The dealers weren’t as excited about (the 9-4x) as the 9-5. However, it doesn’t have to be exciting. All Saab needs is for it to do well in the crash test rating and be relatively fuel efficient and it will immensely help Saab.
…..I got to drive a 9-7X Aero. The car is the fastest Saab ever made….. It has an absolutely amazing exhaust (it should with a corvette engine under the hood). The 0 to 60 on the car was easily 5.5 seconds. There isn’t much difference in the look of the car but wow. Drive one; it is a life changing experience.