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From the “Saab showroom of the future”

June 8, 2009 in Saabology

I’ve had a few interesting things come in over the last few days that I’d like to share here. We’ll attribute them to Djup Strupe, shall we?
First of all, there’s some clearer photos of the cars that have been shown to prospective company owners and more recently, some journos, in Saab’s showroom of the future at the Saab Museum in Trollhattan.
All have car covers on them, but there’s still some details to be had from looking them over.
First, the Saab 9-4x.
Saab 9-4x covered.jpg
I don’t know what’s coming over me (must be the swineflu taking over) but I’m feeling quite enthused about this vehicle and am very antsy about the fact that it seems ready to go, but won’t be seen for the best part of another year.
If it drives as well as I think it will, and is priced as competitively as what I think it should be (Caddy SRX starts at $33K in the US) then this could be a real bonus for Saab.
And then there’s the 9-5 sedan and wagon.
Saab 9-5 covered.jpg
You can see through the cover here that the headlight trim is indeed quite thin compared to the current Dame Edna look, which should be a little more comforting to some.
Those rims look interesting too.
Saab 9-5 estate covered.jpg
And the wagon seems to have some very good lines, including side-rear windows that are very reminiscent of the current 9-5 wagon. That’s a good thing.
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Knowing that one recent visitor was heading for a visit, I asked if they could pay attention to the interior materials.
The response:

The cars they showed me — 9-5 sedan + wagon + 9-4 — didn’t have interiors, but they did have a separate 9-5 interior set up alongside, and it had the same ice-like dashboard that you mention: dark blue I would say, studded with tiny bits coloured icy blue, quite gleamy and interesting. In shape it was, they said, an L shape dashboard and it felt very wrapped around the driver, almost two bays, one for the driver, one for the passenger (I exaggerate but you know what I mean)……. It also had a head up display, to project the indicators on the windscreen, as a top of the range thing, but I expect you already knew that, leather wrapped steering wheel etc.

Very, very interesting…….

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