A couple of recent bit of news from Europe that I thought I’d share here.
Firstly, some of you European types might be wondering about the eventual availability of XWD in combination with the TTiD engine.
I had a question about this come into my inbox last week, and as I was on the phone to a guy from Saab in Sweden at the time I figured I’d ask. He indicated that they’d had a few enquiries about this, so it’d definitely on their radar.
There’s no confirmed timeframe for it at this point, but Saab do plan to have XWD trickle down from the top models over time. I believe, from some Djup Strupe intelligence we’ve received already, that the 2.0T will get it mid-2008 or thereabouts, and I imagine the TTiD would probably figure for XWD adaptation after that.
Something a bit more immediate.
I’ve received news that I’ll keep geographically vague to protect the innocent.
In this unidentified market, I’ve heard that the Turbo X is going to be priced as follows (comparative price of Aero SS and with XWD first to give an idea of the difference):
Aero 2.8TS V6 non-XWD M6 – €48,800
Saab 9-3 2.8TS V6 206kW Aero XWD M6 – €53,250
Saab 9-3 2.8TS V6 206kW Aero XWD A6 – €55,850
Saab 9-3 2.8TS V6 206kW Turbo X XWD M6 – €60,750
Saab 9-3 2.8TS V6 206kW Turbo X XWD A6 – €63,350
*For a combi, add Eu1600 to the price.
To get the idea of the comparative price:
BMW 330xi 200kW – €59,800.
Audi A4 3.2 FSI (188kW) Quattro – €58,140