• Nov 6, 2006
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The GM Inside News forum members who conjured up a dream Buick lineup for their project titled Revitalization in Action have come back again with a turnaround plan for Saab. GMI member ChevroletRevived collaborated with fellow forum member fbodyrules, who supplied the Photoshop skills, to dream up a new line of Saabs on which the quirky Swedish brand should, in their opinion, adopt if it hopes to save itself from being sold or axed altogether.

The lineup includes a 9-1 small luxury vehicle along the lines of the Volvo C30 and Audi A3; a refreshened 9-3 with cues from the Aero X that allow the brand's volume seller to carry on another four years before an Epsilon II-based model is ready; a 9-4X small CUV that will compete with the Acura RDX, BMW X3 and Audi's upcoming Q5; a new 9-5 based on the Epsilon II platform (shown above); another version of the Lambda platform for the 9-7X replacement called the 9-6x; and finally a true luxury brand flagship in the new 9-9x sedan.

In true Saab form, the GMI guys have placed various turbo powerplants in all the models, ranging from the 1.8t in the 9-1 to the 480-hp, turbocharged 4.6-liter V8 in the 9-9x Aero. They also aim to keep Saab on the cutting edge by having GM offer its two-mode hybrid system in various models with the brand's BioPower motor that can run on gas or ethanol. Clearly a common design theme has been executed across this entire fictitious lineup that draws heavily from the Aero X concept, as well. Their designs are fetching, their product planning is thorough, and the end result is the most mainstream and attractive Saab lineup ever dreamed up. The question now is, will it remain a dream?

Follow the Read link to peruse the supposed future of Saab and let us know if you think these guys are on the right flight path or have totally veered off course.

[Source: GM Inside News]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      I disagree about the Ecotec 2.0 Turbo with Mitsubishi turbocharger installed on the 2006 Saab 9-3. I like this engine. It has the same acceleration as my V-6 Honda Accord and gets better gas mileage - I get as high as 36 on the highway while the "economical" Honda Accord only gets 30. City is about the same, 24 for the Honda, 26 for the Saab. The Chevy/Saab engine is relatively smooth, and has kick when you need it. After nearly 6000 miles the car runs as well as the day I got it. Not much more you can ask for. In comparison, I travel a lot, and get a lot of rentals from Ford, Mitsubishi, Dodge, and a few from Toyota. For Ford, Mitsubishi, and Dodge - the 4 cylinders are loud, noisy, and lack power (worse, the Dodge I have right now has a slipping transmission at 19000 miles!) The Toyota is as smooth as the Saab, but no better - and lacks the turbo. The powertrain is one of the things I think GM got right - a good solid GM engine with Sweedish turbo engineering, giving good performance and fuel economy. Want a barn-burner engine? Go with the Cadillac based 2.8 V-6 in the Aero then - that car is quick with 0-60 times around 6 seconds.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is great

      www.truedelta.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      The problem with Saab is GM doesn't a credible model engine range going forward for either USA or Europe, particularly Europe which *used* to be Saab's largest market for comparison European shoppers looking a just Saab, Audi, BMW have a choice of:
      Audi A4:
      - 2.0 130PS, 1.8T 163PS, 2.0TFSI 200PS, 2.0TFSI 220PS,
      3.2TFSI 256PS
      - 1.9TDI 115PS, 2.0TDI 140PS, 2.0TDI 170PS, 2.7TDI 180PS, 3.0TDI 233PS
      That's 5 petrol engines and 5 diesel engines.

      BMW 3 Series:
      - 318i 2.0 130PS, 320i 2.0 150PS, 325i 2.5 220S, 330i 3.0 260PS, 335i 3.0 306PS
      - 318d 2.0 122PS, 320d 2.0 165PS, 325d 3.0 197PS, 330d 3.0 233PS, 335d 3.0 286PS
      Again 5 petrol engines and 5 diesel engines.

      Now Saab 9-3
      - 1.8i 122PS, 1.8t 150PS, 2.0t 175PS, 2.0T 210PS, 2.8T V6 250PS
      - 1.9TiD 120PS, 1.9TiD 150PS
      5 petrols and *low power* 2 diesels.

      Looking at the 9-5 and things go from bad to simply crazy...
      - 2.0t 150PS, 2.3t 185PS, 2.3HOT 260PS
      • 8 Years Ago
      The designs are interesting,different and very radical. What I would really like to see Saab do is what VW did, which is to make a bold new retro designed based on the classic(1982-93) 900 2-door hatchback and the classic 900 four door. This retro design with an emphasis on reliability would be just what Saab needs. There are many people out there just like me who can't get enough of those classic 900 body styles. Dump the Trailblazer based SUV and create a new crossover from scatch, okay use the platform from that new Buick crossover, but that's it. I do understand the designers wanting to create a 9-9 though, but it better be darn good to compete with the competition. There are some affluent buyers out there who would salivate at having another high end alternative other than a Bimmer,etc. Furthermore, if GM is truly serious they would make an all exclusive flagship sedan to rival Bentley, Rolls Royce, BMW 7series, and Mercedes S-Class to show the public what they're really capable of.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I only have one thing to say. If they ever make that 9-9x it better have an LS7 and a 6 speed. GM.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I will admit that i am slightly biased when i look at these images. But regaurdless, i like em, in the prerendered concept that will never even become a concept car kinda way. The small cars need alot of work but i really like the bigger ones, even the suv looks nice. Very futureistic and SciFi.
      • 8 Years Ago
      As a Saab owner myself, I personally find the lineup fairly straightforward and realistic.

      People say the 9-5 shouldn't be a 5-series, but just 4 years ago, the 9-5 was very much competitive with the 5-series. As is the 9-3. Saab was left to rot on the vine for the better part of 5 years. That's why it's no longer competitive with the German sedans.

      As for 9-9x? We all know Phaeton. VW isn't a luxury brand, that's why Phaeton failed. Peich's tunnel vision and ego led to the development and death of Phaeton and nearly of VW itself. 9-9x is a possiblity and a logical extension of Saab, and frankly more realisitic than a tiny roadster with low profit margins.
      • 8 Years Ago
      These guys have to have better design skills because their drawings often look ridiculous.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The future does not have to be ugly!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Build it SAAB and I will buy it. This 9-5 is awesome!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Bring back the Saab designers. GM wrecked the design (...and more.) when it obtained controlling interest. Now Saabs look like every other GM badge engineered melted bar of soap bean car. I purchased my Saab new in 1985 and still run it every day. I would not buy a formula built GM Saab for all the airplane engineers in the world.
      • 7 Years Ago
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