I posted that pic purely because the Edmunds article mentioned a small Saab coming in the future. This much we all know.
This picture actually related to a different article, however. The article was in a French publication called Cardisiac that claims Saab engineers in Trollhattan would like to start working on a new Saab Sonett. I’m sure they would, but I don’t see it happening.
My web translation of the original article:
Saab has ‘vegetated’ for a long time now, placed on the back burner by its owner. However, there is no lack of motivation in Trollhättan. On the contrary, the engineers of the engineering and design department plan on many projects. Thus, they would like to start on the Sonett again…
It gives a run-down on the history of the Sonett, then proceeds thus:
It is the same conqueror state of mind that animated the team of Rolf Mellde with the Sonett I that engineers in Trollhättan would like to make reappear. And what could be more marvellous if it is with the creation of a new sports car?
But for that they will have to convince GM, that for Saab, the creation of a half-compartment is important. At Saab, one wants to really believe in it. ….. The Swedish engineers besides are well decided to take again this platform to create their small racing car. Their model, which with the difference of the Solstice, Sky and GT, will not be a roadster, but a half-compartment two places.
So, they’re forecasting a hardtop Saab two-seater based on the Kappa platform.
It’s not the first time it’s been mentioned but given Saab’s proirities I’d have a very hard time seeing this as anything more that a page-filler for this publication. Saab needs that 9-4x SUV and the 9-5 range-topper first. After that there will be a smaller car, but I’d find it very hard to believe it’d be a two-seater rather than a four-seat hatch.
And that’s all before we get into the facts about Kappa and it’s lack of suitability for XWD. Given that Saab would be highly unlikely to introduce a RWD small car, XWD would be the way it’d have to go and Tiago Di Vale summed that up pretty well in comments to the previous post covering this picture.
Shortly, I’ll put together a model forecast that’ll cover all the intel I’ve received in the last few months. There’s some conflicting information there, but hopefully we’ll be able to draw a picture that’ll give us a fair idea of things going forward.