OK. One thing I did wrong last week was create a new category here called 2009 Saab 9-5. That may have been somewhat premature. I believe we’ll see the next Saab 9-5 some time in 2009 but possibly not as a 2009 model.
So with all this in mind, I thought I’d collate the intel I’ve received so far on new models into one entry here on the site. This is from several inside sources within Saab but from different markets and consequently there’s some differences in the perceived schedules that I’ve had to make ‘best-guesses’ at based on the majority opinion of those Djup Strupes.
So, here we go.
Yes, there’s still life left in 2007, though it’s nothing we don’t know about already. The Frankfurt Motor Show is coming up in just over a week’s time and the Saab Turbo-X will be making it’s public debut at that show.
The 9-7x Aero has been mentioned by Saab and the car was used as a support vehicle for the recent media event covering the 2008 Saab 9-3. It hasn’t been released for sale yet, though, but will be in a few month’s time.
The new year will start off with the NAIAS in Detroit, in January. Saab employees have been seeing the 9-4x in the metal in Sweden in the last few months and word to me is that we’ll all get to see what’s been called a 9-4x concept in Detroit at the start of 2008.
In either March or April, sales of the Turbo-X will commence, and I predict they’ll conclude shortly thereafter.
The Geneva Motor Show will also be around this time and there may be a public viewing of the 9-3x. I’m basing this on the fact that it will be released for sale later in the year and needs to be shown somewhere. There is also the distinct possibility that we may see a concept vehicle for the new small Saab at this show.
It’s also highly likely that there’ll be a final special edition 9-5 released in late Spring 2008, to carry the car through it’s final year.
Following on from the XWD introduction with the Turbo-X, the 2.0T engine in the US should be receiving the XWD option in the third quarter of 2008. I’m unsure about it’s availability for non-Aero variants in other markets.
Later in 2008, possibly September or October, we can expect the 9-3x – a Saab 9-3 SportCombi raised around two inches, with XWD and a skid plate in the lower air dam.
The majority of intel received indicates that we’re likely to see the 9-4x for sale around March or April of 2009. One source indicates late 2008, but I’ll go with the majority in this instance simply because it’s the majority. A Detroit showing of the finl product in January 2009 seems highly likely.
The majority of intel received also indicates a new Saab 9-5 debut around the same time, but I’m inclined to think along the lines of another source and say that it’ll be around the third quarter of 2009 that the new 9-5 is released, as a 2010 model. It may be that we’ll see a debut of the 9-5 in Geneva early in the year with the car to go on sale later in the year.
2010 and beyond.
2010 will see the debut of the new 9-5 in SportCombi form, as well as the likely debut of the smaller Saab 9-1. I’d expect the 9-5 Combi first, following from the sedan some six months earlier.
After these two there’s the new Saab 9-3, which will be based on Epsilon II. Sedan, Combi, Convertible…….. maybe even a coupe? But that’s mostly just speculation.
The Convertible has been spoken to me in terms of being something completely different, as if they’ve re-thought it completely and come up with something quite revolutionary.
So there you have it.
That’s the best info I’ve got to give, based on intel received in the last three months or so. It’s all good news, but the best news is that there’s one heck of a buttkicking 9-3 coming right now, so maybe it’s time to turn heads toward that one a little.