• Jan 31st 2008 at 1:28PM
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Saab has got its work cut out for it over the next few years, as it attempts to recreate itself – once again – by offering a slew of new products that will hopefully differentiate it from the rest of the General's line. The next big small thing from Saab is the 9-1 concept, which aims to compete with the BMW 1-series, the Audi A3 and Volvo's C30.

Originally, the 9-1 was supposed to make its debut at the London Motor Show, but Saab designer Anthony Lo divulged to Auto Motor Und Sport that the new hatch would be unveiled this March at the Geneva Motor Show.

Details about Saab's new compact offering are still scarce, but expect styling to be heavily influenced by the Aero X concept, with power provided by either a turbocharged 1.4-liter four or a BioPower mill.

[Source: Auto Motor Und Sport via World Car Fans]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Someone might want to mention that the picture is actually the Aero-X concept from two (?) years ago. This way, we can avoid all the misplaced comments about the 9-1 has this or that feature, and all the armchair designers making dumb comments about something that isn't even pictured, as so often happens around here.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am very excited about this car. i'll be in the market in about three years for a new car and this on the list of prospects. I have always loved the styling of Saabs.
      • 7 Years Ago
      that car looks nice, but they need to come out with it son before the details are copied and are on te showroom before Saab gets to bring this out

      timing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! need to work on that Saab
      • 7 Years Ago
      Saab has alot of work to do if it hopes to remain relevant. Focusing on fuel efficient pocket rockets is definitely a good idea.

      Their current stable includes absolutely nothing new or innovative, and alot of platform engineering in the likes of the previous-gen Chevrolet Malibu of all things. And of course there's outright badge engineering going on with the 9-7x (although it is arguably the best looking of all the GMT360 platform-mates).

      The only real desirable car in the line-up is the 9-3 drop-top. That thing is downright sexy.
        • 7 Years Ago
        My best friend was a Saab tech before going to a Mercedes dealer... I don't think I'll ever consider a Saab convertible.

        The 9-3 platform isn't so bad... the problem with the previous Malibu was that it was homely and had poor powertrain choices, not that the platform sucked. And the 9-3 is available as a wagon which helps get my attention.

        The 9-7x? MEH. I think it's a bit silly, but I'm sure they sell a few. I think I've seen 2. Ever. The 9-5 is quite long in the tooth these days so hopefully it's next up for a re-do after they get the 9-1 out. You're right, they need some more excitement in the lineup, but I wouldn't damn the 9-3 just because the Malibu used the same global platform.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Too many concepts. Too few relevant products. This is something like a 4th Saab concept vehicle in the past 5 years, yet, their actual lineup hasn't changed during that time, and 9-5 is about 10 years old by now.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Both this and the 9-4X are just released as concepts to gain publicity, they are both going to be made into production cars
        • 7 Years Ago
        It still doesn't change the fact that the 9-3 is essentially fivwe years old and the 9-5 ten. The Aero-X is nice, but this is a long wait.

        Yes, Saab has traditionally had long cycles (wasn't the OG900 around for 15 years?) but that's not workable in the current marrketplace.
      • 7 Years Ago
      interesting. The lower bumper is to close to a ferarri though.
        • 7 Years Ago
        well, more like a pontiac grille that decided to go braless and let it all out
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