Back in the dark old days, when GM were looking to build new Saab models on the cheap, they were thinking of building a Saab model based on the Subaru Tribeca and calling it the Saab 9-6x.
My old Saab website, Trollhattan Saab, in one of first encounters with the mysterious Djup Strupe, broke some of first imagery of that vehicle, which looked like this….
Of course, GM sold its 20% stake in Fuji Heavy Industries and the Saab 9-6x project was cancelled (as was the Saab 9-2x, which was already in production and had a few years of sales).
Fast forward to September 2009….. I visited the Saab Museum after attending the Frankfurt Motor Show and as part of that visit, Dave R and I got a tour with Peter Backstrom around the back of the Saab Museum. I showed a whole lot of photos here from that tour (see part 1 and part 2) but there was one photo I didn’t publish, at Peter’s request. Here it is….
This was one of the views that met me when we first went out the back of the museum. Considering that Saab had only ever produced sedans and sportcombis that were of normal height (aside from the 9-7x), it struck me as being a little strange that the two covered vehicles up against the wall had such high rooflines compared to the rest of the vehicles in the room.
You guessed it – the Saab 9-6x.
We did take the covers off and take a look, but I didn’t take any pictures as Peter didn’t want the cars shown. He mentioned that it would be a few years yet before it would be OK to show these in public.
It looks like Independence Day marked the occasion for the 9-6x to make a public debut. Along with a number of other vehicles from the Saab Museum storage area, the 9-6x was out on display at the factory during the celebrations.
As shown in the Tekniken’s Varld video shown here yesterday…..
Someone asked in comments if there was a rear view of the car (it wasn’t shown on the video). As it happens, our man at the Independence Day event, Dave R, snapped a photo of it.
You might have noted that there were two in the museum photo, above, and only one shown in the video.
It looks like the one in the video was the three-door model. They had both a three-door and a five-door model out the back of the museum.
The interior? From what I can remember (which was just a very quick look and in poor light) the interior of the prototype was pure Subaru Tribeca. They hadn’t fitted anything Saaby at all to the one that I saw a few years ago – but again, it’s a hazy memory.
All in all, it’s a nice addition to the Saab story and I’m glad they’ve finally got it out into the public domain.
And you lot thought I could never keep a secret!