• Jun 11, 2010


When Saab first showed the 9-X Biohybrid concept at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show, it was expected to evolve into a production model based on General Motors' compact Delta architecture which forms the foundation of the Opel Astra and Chevrolet Cruze. Now that Saab is owned by Spyker Cars, CEO Victor Muller is reportedly looking for a new platform partner in Munich.

According to Swedish daily Dagens Industri, Saab is negotiating with BMW about getting access to the Mini architecture for a new 9-2 model to slot in underneath the 9-3. Before the teardrop-shaped runabout can become a reality, Saab needs to successfully launch both the 9-5 sedan and the 9-4x crossover.

There is no word yet on whether Muller is said to be in exclusive talks with BMW, or if Muller and Co. are in discussions with other automakers about supplying platforms and parts for the planned supermini. For its part, news agency Reuters quotes a unnamed BMW spokesman as saying "We are in talks with several interested parties who have interest in our technology... there are no contracts with Saab at the moment."

The 9-4x, which shares its platform with the Cadillac SRX, is expected to finally launch early next year. But for the model to be successful in Europe, it will need to have a diesel engine option, and Dagens Industri is also reporting that BMW could also provide engines options, although that could be more problematic. The 9-4x has a transverse mounted powertrain, but all of BMW's engines are longitudinally arrayed, which would require significant re-engineering. A tip of the hat to William!


[Source: Reuters]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      mmmm FailWheelDrive

      The outgoing 9-2 /w the Subaru boxer and AWD is still on a want list.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Uh! Wrong wheel drive!"...yawn....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Has Saab ever used their own platform?

      I guess this would be decent for a small front engined car, handles nicely.
      I bet allot of the decision has to do with where these platforms are made in relation to where they will go for final assembly.

      The new Fiat "Compact Wide" platform might be more advanced though......
        • 4 Years Ago
        Saab always used their own platforms up until GM's era (with the exception of the Fiat affair with the 9000).
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm just thankful that Saab is now owned by a company that wants Saab to be Saab again, and not a generic Euro carmaker, which GM tried turning them into. Although I must say that they finally seemed to get it right with the new 9-5. I'm praying that the 9-2 happens. I loved Saabs before the 'dark' years.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought BMW was in cahoots with fiat either using their or jointly working on a new platform for the next gen mini?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I very much want SAAB to succeed, but why would BWW let SAAB use a platform for a car that would compete with theirs? It's not like they're having trouble moving Minis
      • 4 Years Ago
      If Saab can get the next mini platform that would be a nice coup for them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Also agreed. A modern mini-based 9-2 would be great!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree, I can't think of a better platform for this car. And I remember reading before that BMW tried to partner up with Mercedes & Fiat on future MINI platforms in order to spread costs and make it more profitable. So I would think BMW would be up for it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The 9-2X Aero = win.

      This is an interesting idea. I don't see it competing with the MINI - Saabophiles are a small subset but a loyal bunch.