I’m sure Saab have done their own research on this, but just in case……Here’s a few dot points to get you started.
– The 9-4x is expected to be a MY2009 release and CAR Magazine mentioned yesterday that it may come with fold-down third row seating.
– The few people that I’ve corresponded with who have seen the 9-4x recently tell me that this isn’t the case.
– Back a few years ago when the Subaru-based 9-6x was in development, Saab were rumoured to be reluctant about third row seating due to safety concerns.
– I’ve recently found out that a mate of mine here in Australia is now selling Volvos for a living. Talking with him on the phone a few days ago, the third row accommodation was definitely a big drawcard for people looking at the XC90.
So, comments are open. Young fellas without families (hello Jeff 🙂 ) please spare us the “who could possibly need a third row?” bit. The third row concept has definitely got a place in the world, it’s whether or not that place is in a Saab. And if not, then why not?
In my own engineering-ignorant way I share the initial concern over the safety of third row occupants. There’s little doubt, however, that a model with a third row would open up a valuable market segment for Saab.
UPDATE: Edmunds reports that third row seats are becoming a target for thieves.