The Saab 9-3 X Concept, which designer Michael Mauer worked on in 2001, could have changed the fate of Saab forever. But Sweden had a tragic tradition of not taking decisive steps. With the focus on vehicles that were trendy at the time and still shape the market, Saab was particularly consistent. There was even a tradition with SUVs and crossovers. The brand's first crossover? Never built? The second? That was never produced either.
Saab 9-3 X Concept by Michael Mauer
With the Saab 9-3 X Concept, designer Michael Mauer focused on the "crossover" segment. Since a Saab is a Saab, he cultivated the brand's special design language. The curved windshield, reminiscent of a pilot's cockpit, was mandatory, and exciting innovations were incorporated into the study.
Because Saab has always practiced the balancing act between sophisticated design, engine performance and versatility. The 9-3 X Concept had a lot to offer. The pull-out loading floor was not a matter of course in the compact class. An innovative, but never mass-produced concept with roof boxes underlined the uniqueness of the 9-3 X.
To bring light into the interior, the concept car has two large glass surfaces in the roof, which are divided by a massive walkway. The bridge is used to hold the roof box, which is more than just a box for transport. According to the designer's wishes, it should be able to be used conventionally as well as be suitable for transporting two pairs of skis. The box turned into a design object, a lifestyle product. The lamellas at the ends would have given the skis the necessary support, from the outside only the protruding ends would have been seen.
Saab 9-3 X Concept for collectors
Unfortunately, neither the Saab 9-3 X Concept nor the transport box came. The SUV based on the concept car should have appeared on the market in 2005. Saab's second contribution in a booming segment. But the Americans stopped the project at a late stage and the prototypes were scrapped. Just like GM did before with the 9-5X had prevented another four-wheel drive Saab.
Saab had various art prints made of the Saab 9-3 X Concept in 2001 with sketches by Michael Mauer. We are showing a version here, the concept car with roof box.
The sketches were made by Saab with a high-quality (expensive) aluminum picture frame by Nielsen in the size 62 x 49,5 cm. We have secured a few copies of the pictures, which are now 20 years old, for collectors and are offering them in our Aero X Club Shop
The art prints have been stored in a dark and dry place for years and are in incredible condition. They are a unique opportunity to secure part of Saab history for private collection.
Art prints of the second variant, the Saab concept car without a roof box, are also on their way to us.