• Dec 13, 2008
If you were to order a black Saab 9-4, as of now you can almost see what your CUV will look like. If things go as originally planned, it will go into production in about a year. Up front is pure Saab, the rear hatch couldn't say SportCombi more forcefully, and the sloping shoulder line and window profile are 9-5. It's supposed to go into production in about a year, but hopefully we'll get to see it in Detroit in a few weeks since who knows where things will be a year from now.
[Source: Global Motors]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I had a Saab. Don't see one in my future. Does that sum up Saab's problems?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm still a little disappointed about the fact that Saab stole the WRX wagon design. As a WRX wagon driver, it was a little frustrating to see a car company steal the design of your beloved car and make it "better" (not). Honestly, side by side they are so similar-looking that you wonder why Subaru didn't sue Saab.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ever heard of the Saab 9-5 wagon? From 1997?

        The WRX design feature you mention only came after 2001.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wow Dunc, your right. That's more than just a striking resemblance, from the rear 3/4 view (I liked, which makes sense considering I really like the 'Rex Wagon) they are almost dead-ringers for each other. Wonder what the back is going to look like with the real taillights on.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm a little disappointed they stole the round wheels idea. :P
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, it doesn't make you wow, but it looks like a great car. Judged by my impressions so far, I'll prefer one ahead of a Tiguan. Still I'm pretty sure it'll be at least a bit overpriced. But, great car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Another theta? Blah. Saab badges on another lambda too. Seen 'em both in Warren - bet they'll both be cancelled.
        • 6 Years Ago
        SAAB is not going to use the Lambda platform, the 9-4 is replacing the 9-7 and it's not another Theta either.
        It is called the Theta Premium and has not much in common with the Theta platform at all. In fact it is closer to the Epsilon 2 architecture. The only other CUV that will be sharing this platform is the Cadillac BRX.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks great, but strategically speaking I don't see the point of this. With GM flailing and Saab itself doing even worse, I would think they'd use the time and money to redesign the 9-5, or at least the 9-7x to make Saab as a whole more competitive. Saab's biggest hurdle is getting noticed amongst the competitive crowd and I don't know if they will with just another CUV.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The 9-7x never should have existed, so I'm thankful it's going out of production with it's more mainstream brethren soon. The 9-5 on the other hand desperately needs a redesign, despite successive facelifts keeping it looking sharp. I've heard the replacement is debuting mid to late '09, however, given GM's current financial situation I doubt that holds much water.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "I'm still a little disappointed about the fact that Saab stole the WRX wagon design."

      Wrong. GM had partial stake in Fuji Heavy Industries at the time the WRX debuted on American shores. A deal was made between the two parties for some sweet badge engineering, and voila! The 92-x and Aero were conceived.

      Personally, I love Subaru for their performance-oriented vehicles, but I prefer the Saab's 92-x Aero for the refined interior and ride quality. Good luck finding one these days, however.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wrong.

        Saab has been using that design element long before the deal with Subaru (and before Subaru used it at all, in fact) in the 9-5 wagon.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is looking great. Very modern and strong design.
      • 6 Years Ago
      These jacka$$es are now bringing out another SUV....hmmm...and we wonder why GM is going down the drain.

      GM is suffering from 3 major diseases...one genetic, one short, and one long term.....greed, denial, and stupidity...in that order.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice looking design. Rear-end looks a little bit awkward to me in the profile shot but the rear 3/4 looks nice. Hopefully Saab will still be around to see this thing into production/
      • 6 Years Ago
      I quite like this design. Saab might have a good thing in their hands.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ya, as long as the sticker is around 40k
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hardly an exciting set of spyshots when the concept 9-4X was pretty much production ready (at least the exterior design).
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree, but it's nice to see the whole car.

        I hope they do something with the rear window/hatch. Looks awkward and slapped together right now.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks great. SAAB is the ONLY GM brand that would ever see my money personally. Their concepts are amazing yet they have the hardest time convincing GM to build them. This, a new 9-5, and a 9-1 could more than save SAAB.
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