• Nov 20th 2008 at 10:29AM
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Click above for high-res gallery of Saab 9-6X patent pics

It takes no stretch of the imagination to look at the freshened Subaru Tribeca and see a stillborn Saab 9-6x. The grille and the headlamps may be slightly different from what a Saab version of Subaru's biggest crossover would wear, but if you park your Tribeca next to a 9-5, you'll notice the resemblance immediately. All the work had been done to morph the Tribeca into a Saab variant, and then General Motors decided to sell its stake in Fuji Heavy Industries, the parent company of Subaru, and so broke the ties that bound the two automakers.

The tidy little story doesn't end there, though. Just this month a patent was filed for a Saab vehicle that can be nothing but the 9-6x that we all thought was dead. Why now? Well, the folks at TurboNines posit that we may yet see the Saabaru crossover for a couple of solid reasons. Right now, Saab has the 9-7x, which is a variant of the Trailblazer. It's in fact the best Trailblazer ever, but it's headed for extinction when General Motors shutters its Moraine, OH plant. That leaves an opening in Saab's lineup, and dealers would love to have something to sell. Enter the 9-6x; all the work has been done, so it can be pulled off the shelf and pressed into service without the cost of development or even styling. Of course, it might just be that we're talking ourselves into something, but the fact that the patent was just applied for makes us think that we could soon see a Saab 9-6x based on one of our favorite larger crossovers.

[Source: TurboNines]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Wouldn't this compete directly with the 9-4x size-wise? Plus, the 4x will have better engines, and probably a better overall package. I just don't see it happening.
      • 6 Years Ago
      what did they file a patent for?
        • 6 Years Ago
        To prevent Subaru from actually putting a decent face on the tribeca.

        The original face was horrible. The new face is merely bland.

        If it had a decent look, it might actually sell...
        • 6 Years Ago
        what i mean is what is the patent actually for? is it for the car itself? can you patent an entire car that is in essence the same as every other car out there? i would think that copyright or trademark law would apply here. patent law is supposed to be for unique, original products and ideas. that's just an existing car with a new front bumper. what is it exactly that they're patenting?
        • 6 Years Ago

        They already did: the Tribeca restyling was the 9-6x project with a new front bumper...
      • 6 Years Ago
      The original source, Trollhattansaab.net, has since shot this down:

      • 6 Years Ago
      Thank God. I'm glad Saab stopped using Subarus (they aren't bad, but I don't think they fit with Saab's character).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nissan Murano headlights?

      why is this can in existence?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really thought SaabUSA learned their lesson from the 9-2x (although it WAS one hell of a car)!

      The 9-2X was a good looking Subaru, it didn't have any Saab design in the interior, and while it did portray Saabs fun-to-drive elements quite well, it was still a Subaru.

      While I do understand that Saab needs more models in its lineup to stay marketable (or more importantly, stay in the black), Saab needs to build SAABS.

      Saabs are way better than Subarus anyway!
      • 6 Years Ago
      What a stupid idea. The Swedes need to wake up and walk away from the perils of GM. They need to build their own version pure SAAB DNA.

        • 6 Years Ago
        LOL cars having DNA....
        • 6 Years Ago
        I never had a problem with the cars themselves, but reframe from re-badging. Aero anyone?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why Saab keeps saying they r born from jets? shouldnt they use fla engines like subaru or porsche then just like jets?
      • 6 Years Ago
      SAAB, born from jets and stillborns from subaru
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