While we wait for news from Sweden, we use the time to talk about cars. Saab 9-6x and the Saab 9-4x study are juxtaposed at the Saab Museum Trollhättan. The one never went into production, the other was only built for a short time. Opportunity to take a closer look at the Saab 9-6x. The 9-6x was created in collaboration with Subaru, ready for the series, but then came from Detroit the big red stop light.
For Saab, an SUV was mandatory to make the brand more attractive. For the strategists in the US had simply overslept the trend and tried to find a solution in typical GM way now.
This is rarely good, as everyone knows. Just the Americans at the Potomac not. This time the project failed for other reasons. General Motors sold its Subaru shares to 2005, and instead of the 9-6x came the Saab 9-7x. A hastily transposed Chevrolet Trail Blazer, a reliable and very American car built to 2008. Most on heap, so that the sale continued long after the end of production. So the flop after the flop. But back to the Saab 9-6x.
On the basis of the Subaru Tribeca, with 6 cylinder boxer engine, the Japanese could have given a good basis for a Saab. Would have ! The exterior design is only slowly approaching the Aero X study, after the model of the facelift on Saab 9-5 took place. At least the front could pass as Saab. It looks bad at the rear, here comes the Subaru and we search Saab Gene with the magnifying glass.
We search and find - none. A similar picture in the interior. A steering wheel with the Saab logo, that was all. Completely 1: 1 taken over by Subaru. Not out of date but not a Saab. Even the 9-7x has put more effort into Detroit. The Chevy clone carries its ignition lock where it should be at Saab.
The Subaru-Saab would not have been a success. No small piece of Saab, except for the grille. Too little. From an interesting technical base you could have done more. Also, the Tribeca was no hit for the Japanese. A missing diesel, with 245 PS way too weak gasoline to speed up the heavy SUV befitting. No turbo, which would have fixed the power deficit. No friendly Saab tuner from Switzerland, who could have eliminated the state of emergency.
After the Subaru Flop - nothing had happened, and after the 9-7x disaster they had finally learned in Detroit. Or you had listened briefly to Carl-Peter Forster, who at the time had influence and prestige at GM Europe. The Saab 9-4x, largely developed like its Cadillac brother in Sweden, would have been a hit. For Saab the lifeline and the number-of-pieces in the Asian markets. But this is another story.
Actually disappointing, I expected more from the Saab 9-6x. More Saab, more Swedes and at least some independence. But complete nil. Two pieces of this never-in-series model exist worldwide. Both are owned by the Saab Museum in Trollhättan. But only one has been shown to the public so far. In the magazine of the museum stands the brother, whom the press has not yet seen.
Another body variant. So far under lock and key. At some point, when you see the time, you will bring it out and roll it into the exhibition. Until then, the unknown 9-6x remains one of the many secrets guarded in Trollhättan.