There’s been several articles now stating that the Saab 9-4x will be shown in Detroit in January. One of the articles concerned published this based on an interview with Jan-Ake Jonsson and whilst there’s no direct quote from him about Detroit in the interview – only supposition on their part – I’d say that based on his discussions with them that it’s probably a good bet.
Interestingly, though, some articles have said recently that although the vehicle will be made in Mexico, it’s main target will be the European market. I’ve always assumed that a Saab SUV will be aimed more towards expanding the offerings for the American market. Further, whilst I know the Swedes love their wagons, I’ve never seen Europe as a big SUV market.
Consequently, I’m intrested in the thoughts of both you Americans and Europeans as to which market the 9-4x will be more suited to.
It should be noted that everything we’ve heard so far points to the fact that it’s going to be a global vehicle, so there’s no question of it being one or the other. I just found the emphasis to be interesting.
On the Euro side, there’s the fact that it’s believed to be engineered with a diesel option in mind.
On the American side, there’s the fact that the Americans, in general, like their SUV’s. On the non-US side, however, is the understanding that it’s going to be a 5-seater only rather than a 7-seater.
It’s a vehicle that I find interesting from the point of view of expanding Saab’s reach, but I’m not a fan of SUV’s and can’t imagine myself in the market for one.
So who is? And where do you come from?