Saab gets with the program
The Saab 9X concept
Coupe, roadster, estate & ute
It's not often that Saab comes out with conceptual designs,
so as soon as we heard news of the new 9x concept, we jumped
at the chance to check it out.
The 9x is to be officially unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor
Show, 2001. Saab has never really delved into the concept
car idea, but we're sure it will be just one of many more
prototypes to come.
The big Japanese marques have always enjoyed whipping up
a zany new model once or twice a year for the car shows, but
the millions of dollars spent on the research and development
of these concepts is completed for a reason.
A good example is the Crysler PT Cruiser. Just a few years
ago it a was a prototype at the Detroit motor show. The general
response to the retro roadster was extremely positive. Crysler
made a few changes, released it not long after and now it's
winning awards and selling like proverbial hot cakes.
With Saab now taking the concept car idea seriously, stating
that it will create at least one new model or concept per
year, for the next six, we might see some rather radical designs
For now, the 9x is still pretty groovy, with Saab claiming
that it combines four different types of cars into one - coupe,
roadster, estate and pcik-up (they mean ute). The front-end
is very futuristic, though there are still a few tell-tale
Saab lines in there.
Perhaps Saab is just looking to create an Audi TT-killer,
which is quite plausible, seeing as the small Audi roadster
has been selling very well right around the globe.
Not much else is known about the car, such as engine type,
displacement and the important statistics, like 0-100 times
and so forth.
However, the fact that Saab has finally seen the benefits
behind creating concept models is promising. Saab CEO Peter
Augustsson had a few words to say about the 9x: "I regard
this car as a statement of intent. It is physical proof that
Saab is embarking on an exciting journey."
As it stands, we'll have to wait until the Frankfurt motor
show for the official unveiling. We'll get to the nitty gritty
when this happens but until then, we'll have to make do with