We have talked about everything on the Saab booth, not everything, because I can’t remember having seen a picture of her. She could be described as most beautiful.
Swade calls her, a car full of coke, or do you thought I was talking about the girl. 😉
Some of you are asking if the 9-4x will get the same dashboard materials update as the 9-5 MY ’12. The answer is, the 9-4x doesn’t need it, as the dash materials are different than the ones of the current 9-5.
And talking about the 9-4x. It will have an exclusive metallic red colour. It’s called Crystal Red and it really looks very nice.(Much better in real life)
And now the boot/trunk comparison contest:
I think Till72 has already said in a comment who the winner is.
Many people, mostly so called auto experts, where moaning about the finish quality of the 9-5 interior, because of the big matte black dash surface and because of the gaps between the different parts. Looking at this picture, I can’t see no gaps at all, it looks like on every car, OK maybe on a Rolls Royce it may look better.
I know Swade has already made a insight review of the 9-3 Griffin, but I still do like to share some views.
This is the standard Griffin Aero rim.
Why can’t I choose those rims without the Aero front chrome ????
And talking about the fog lamp chrome, or the lack of it, this is how the non-Aero fog lamp looks like.
I thought in the non-Aero version, it would be 1 piece, and the Aero would have some chrome add-ons, but it looks like the pieces that are chromed in the Aero are here also but in black.
On the booth there was no Griffin Aero to compare both trim levels, but the Independence Edition is based on the Griffin Aero, so We can at least compare the two different fascias.
Besides the chrome on the fog lights, we can see here the different lower grills.
BTW, the non-Aero is a under 120g diesel. As you can see it has a fully opened upper and lower grill !!!
Normally those “green cars” have a fully closed upper grill and a partially closed lower grill, this is impressive.
I thought the silver SAAB letters on the silver bar in the back of the car would look bad. But this is not the case. as long as they don’t try to repeat the mistake Volvo made and extend the word over the whole width of the back of the car, it will be OK for me.
Bringing back the forward opening hood back to the Saab cars is a good idea as this kind of hood can handle better such things like pedestrian protection. But I think it would be more expensive than a normal one. On the other side, I can’t imagine it being more expensive than a active hood, while being as secure for the pedestrians.
Looking at the open hatch of the PhoeniX makes me think about how effective this body shape is (in terms of cargo).
This is a 2+2 car, which means the rear seats would normally be unoccupied. This seats can be be folded in a way that you get a completely even surface. Which means that even for a sporty 4.4 m long car the cargo capacity is incredible.
And now my background at work. I call it the Alien that ate the car industry for dinner, as it really looks from this perspective like H.R. Giger’s Alien. My background is a little bit darker to enhance the effect. 🙂
And who is in the background ?? 😉