2.9 V6 diesel on hold – and some thoughts on those 9-5 spyshots

GM announced yesterday that they were placing their big stonking Duramax diesel on hold. That engine was destined for their big SUV’s.
I’ve just received some info suggesting that the 2.9l V6 diesel that GM were developing through VM Motori has also been placed on hold. Apparently there are problems in Italy where the engine is being developed. Saab’s focus on emissions and efficiency are probably part of the issue as well.
This engine was due to appear in the Saab 9-5 and Saab 9-4x for the European and (quite likely) Australian markets and it’s loss will be a blow for these models.
I have to assume that both these new models should have access to the superb four cylinder TTiD engine in the Saab 9-3, but the bigger version in the newer vehicles would have been a bonus.
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In other news, I heard from a Saab insider in the last few hours. He wanted to pass some comments along about the Auto Motor and Sport images of the Saab 9-5 that I showed here yesterday.
I’ve got his OK to pass this along….

One image was “close-ish, but no cigar”
The other was “not even close”

I’ll let you figure out which was which.
Big images are available directly at Auto Motor and Sport

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