• Apr 5th 2010 at 6:31PM
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As you may have guessed by now, we're very excited over the prospect of a reinViggenated reinvigorated Saab. Our thinking is, now that Trollhattan is free of General Motors, it will get back to the business of making niche three- and five-door hatches coveted by post-grad Ivy League types with mega-potent turbos blowing into longitudinal, slanty I-4s spinning the front wheels. Even if our entire Saabian wish list isn't fulfilled, a fully independent Saab can only result in better focused cars. For instance, the 9-7X SUV will stay dead and buried.
Of course, even if the 9-7X was something of an abomination, that doesn't mean that there aren't Saabophiles out there that seek the all-weatherness of all-wheel drive combined with a lot of cargo hauling capability. While we suggest those people first seek out a Volvo C303, Saab's thinking different. Badly translated reports are fluttering that not only is Saab building a 9-5X (Saab chose to brand their AWD vehicles with XWD, or "Cross-Wheel Drive" – a fancy way of saying Haldex version 4.0) that will presumably be a performance variant, but they're also apparently set to build a XWD-equipped 9-5X SportCombi (station wagon) that will do battle with up-armored station wagons like the Audi Allroad and Volvo XC70.

The 9-5X SportCombi will be separate from the apparently still forthcoming Saab 9-4X, an actual SUV-looking CUV built on the same platform as the Cadillac SRX. It looks as if the 9-4X will be the only new Saab product not built in Sweden. One more little tidbit: As Saab wrestles itself back to its former glory, they might just be dropping the hyphenated names. Meaning that the next 9-3 might actually be billed as the Saab 93, and that this whole time we've been talking about the new 95X. Time will tell.

[Source: Autoweek.nl]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I always thought the hyphenated / superscript was a bit silly, to be honest...
      • 5 Years Ago
      ...Except that "a Saab 93" sounds an awful lot like "a '93 Saab." I don't think it wise to brand cars with shorthand for (recently) bygone years. Why not just drop the 9 altogether? Maybe replace it with something more meaningful?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly. Saab 900 & Saab 9000 have a nice ring to them...
      • 5 Years Ago
      For those that think the Cross Country has too much power I guess...
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Free of GM, and back to business of making 3 and 5 door hatches..blah blah." John, think journalism. Stop and think for a moment that the exciting new 9-5 and upcoming 9-4 your are celebrating are actually GM planned and executed vehicles derived from GM global platforms.

      Saab's next 3 or 4 years will be exactly as GM set them up to be. Your pass for journalism is that Saab in Sweden, all by themselves, are contemplating their hyphens.
      • 5 Years Ago
      We had the Saabaru and the Trollblazer, it sucks that this wouldn't be a Saabinated Forester.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If they are not currently planning it. Then they seriously should be. And please, put the grey plastic back into your box of old tricks.
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