Mats Fägerhag, Saab Automobile Development Manager, told the Swedish business newspaper Dagens Industrie about the Saab PhoeniX Concept and the new Saab 9-3 for 2012. A short statement that says more than a thousand press releases.
Here is the car that future Saab models will be based on. The Saab PhoeniX Concept. Under the hood you will basically find the new Saab 9-3 which will appear next year (2012).
The Saab Concept Car is our "Phoenix" and forms the basis for a new Saab 9-3. Saab Automobile Development Manager Mats Fägerhag said this at the presentation of the PhoeniX in Geneva.
"It's the strong design of the north now, right now."
How much new Saab 9-3 is in the concept car PhoeniX?
“Everything under the hood. Rear axle, front and front end and so on. This car is fully drivable. "
How similar will the new Saab 9-3 be to the PhoeniX Concept?
“More than you think,” says Mats Fägerhag.
“But PhoeniX is not just the basis for the next Saab 9-3. The architecture will serve as the basis for other Saab production vehicles in the future.
“The new chassis has a five-link rear axle so that we can achieve optimum comfort and driving experience. We have refined this in a special way. The axle was not only developed for the new 9-3, but is partly the basis for future models, it will sit in a Saab 9-5, a Saabb 9-4 and in the future also in a …… .. You can vary, both wider and taller. "
Mats Fägerhag says that many details of all upcoming Saab models are now shown in Geneva.
"Take the new rear axle as an example, you shouldn't expect us to develop a new rear axle in the next 10-15 years."
Source: Dagens Industri