I’ve covered some of the other early road tests of the Saab 9-3x already: Alltommotor, CAR Magazine and a summary of others from Teknikens, SVT and Auto Motor and Sport.
Now, it’s Aftonbladet, and for all of you non-Swedes reading this, Robert Collin is the motoring writer for Aftonbladet, one of the bigger Swedish newspapers out there.
This Saab 9-3x review is another very quick piece and is as much of an opinion article as it is a road test, but I thought it important to cover because in my experience, at least, Collin has come across as more of a Volvo guy than a Saab guy.
His opinion on this one is therefore somewhat significant in terms of the coverage it will receive and the impact it might have.
The headline tells a fair bit:
Saab’s Last (?) – A pearl.
The Saab 9-3X model is ready for production. With four-wheel drive, high ground clearance and extra plastic.
This may be Saab’s last model. But if the 9-3X will be the last Saab then it seems Trollhättan [will depart] with the flag at the top. The car is looking really good.
As mentioned, it’s only a short piece, and it goes on to describe the makeup of the vehicle. There’s plenty of praise for the tractability of the XWD system, but the highest praise is saved for the comfortable ride.
I’ve had just one email swap with Robert Collin since this whole GM Crisis began last month. He may be a Volvo guy at heart but from what I know, he’s also concerned about the potential loss of Saab on the Swedish automotive and national landscapes.
I hope his opinion on the Saab 9-3x is widely read and attracts attention. This is but the first of three news cars from Saab and of those, it’s the least of the difference makers to the current range.
I’m sure that what Saab has coming down the pipeline will be even better received if they only get the opportunity.