• Aug 9th 2010 at 1:59PM
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Saab 9-X Air BioHybrid Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Saab was quite successful in rally competition once upon a time, and it looks like the automaker's new management hopes to kick-start the brand's revival with a return its motorsports roots.

The word out of Europe is that Saab has met with World Rally Championship officials and committed to a 2012 entry into the series with a machine based on its upcoming smaller car. Depending on who you talk to, the new model could be dubbed either the 9-1 or 9-2.

The small car project originally began several years ago when Saab was still under the General Motors umbrella with the car expected to be based on the Gamma platform that underpins the Opel Corsa. As an independent, Saab doesn't have the resources to develop such a platform on its own and is currently talking to other potential partners including BMW and some Chinese makers. Expect its design to be inspired heavily by the Saab 9-X Air BioHybrid concept (above).

If Saab hooks up with BMW, it could have a Mini-based 9-1/9-2 competing against the new Mini Countryman WRC.

[Source: CAR]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a drop-top Hyundai Veloster.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Man I hope they build this car. I love the new 9-5, but it's just too big and heavy for me. I'd be happy with a coupe version of this 9-2 if it were just a basic 250 RWD sports car. However, if they turn it into an AWD 300hp monster to compete against the STi/EVO then I'll pre-order it. An STi with Saab styling and interior build quality; sign me up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      YES! Seems like everyone is hopping on the WRC bandwagon now...

      Hopefully this means more sweet cars are coming to a dealership near you...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, right after everyone hopped OFF the WRC bandwagon. :-D
        • 5 Years Ago
        If they can build something like that little convert-ler there, I'm totally on board.

        Completely cool. Completely Saab.

        Are you listening, Mr. Mueller?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Glad to see someone new consider the WRC. It's been incredibly dull with a field full of nothing but Puegot and Ford.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Citroen and Ford.
        With a sprinkling of privately (non-factory) entered Peugeots and Subarus.
      • 5 Years Ago
      any move for SAAB at this point is a good move...
      • 5 Years Ago
      If BMW, go with the 1-series platform..
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh please do it. Ive been so bored with wrc this season ive turned to F1.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm licking my chops at the possibility of a new Saabaru!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Will it be a two-stroke?
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