Thanks to Kroum and Zippy we have a story, via Autocar, saying that Saab might be showing a concept version of the 9-1 compact car at the London Motor Show, which takes place in July 2008.
I haven’t heard this news anywhere else up until now, and I’ll treat it with a little caution until I do.
There’s very little specific information in there and the “US source” they’re quoting, well, I’m pretty sure it’s Steve Shannon from one of his recent public events. It may have been the Saab Owners Convention round table, even.
A lot of info is quite general. How’s this for covering all your bases?
Autocar understands that Saab has recently signed off the final form of the 9-1 and work is about to begin on the production car.
Although a pure utility vehicle has probably been ruled out the company’s classic 99 Combi Coupe – a two-door coupe with a tailgate – could be the inspiration for the 9-1.
Iconic styling in the mould of the Audi TT could also be on the menu. Both the Saab 9x and 9-3x concepts could give clues as to the final form of this vitally important model.
If it’s true, then 2008 is going to be one heck of a busy year for Saab. We know there’s going to be new product on show in January, in Detroit. That’ll most likely be the Saab 9-4x.
We also know that there will be a Saab 9-3x showing some time in 2008 as it’ll probably be released for sale some time in 2008.
We’re also hearing that the next Saab 9-5 will most likely be released for sale a short time after the Saab 9-4x, so one could be forgiven for believing that there might be a concept version of this vehicle on show in late 2008 as well.
Four new Saab vehicles shown in one year???
I’d welcome it, but it would be quite unprecedented. I’m expecting three of the vehicles listed above, but the 9-1?
I really do hope so, but I’m just not sure on that one. Let’s wait and see if some other sources confirm the story.