In the Saab 9-4x articles I posted yesterday, there were references in comments to a “Saab 9-8x” that caused a couple of small ripples. Some people hadn’t heard about this.
There hasn’t been a specific item on this vehicle up to this point because even if the plans do exist, there’s been very little mention made of it. It’s only been very recently that it’s been mentioned, and I can only find two references to it here on the site (though I’m sure there’s at least one more somewhere).
Back in September this year, Automotive News did a Saab vehicle timeline where they mentioned the Saab 9-4x, then in a separate part of the timeline, they mention the following:
Mid-sized crossover: GM tried to boost Saab sales by giving it the 9-7X, a mid-sized SUV based on the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, and the 9-2X, based on the Subaru Impreza. Both failed. But GM thinks a new crossover designed from the start as a Saab will help make the brand profitable. The vehicle is likely to join the lineup in 2009 or 2010.
At the time I figured that they had their wires crossed with the 9-4x, but on reflection, they refer to the Saab 9-4x as a “small” crossover, so it appears they’re talking about a separate and distinct vehicle that no-one’s heard about.
Secondly, Swedish newspaper e24 did an interview with Jan-Ake Jonsson. In the sidebar to the interview, not in the interview itself, they also mention rumours about a bigger SUV to replace the 9-7x and coming in 2010-11.
The 9-8x moniker hasn’t been mentioned in either of these articles.