Autozeitung and the Saab 9-5 SportCombi

German car magazine Autozeitung had a new issue out a few days ago and in it, they’ve published this image of the Saab 9-5 SportCombi.

I believe it’s a photoshopped image as I’m sure there aren’t any undisguised Saab 9-5 SportCombi’s running around like fully dressed cars.

It’s a darn good photoshop, though. Not the most flattering angle, but a darn good photoshop nonetheless.

Thanks to Alexandros for the scan.

French blog photochop Saab 9-5 wagon (pretty well IMHO)

French automotive website Blog Automobile have published a photoshop of a Saab 9-5 wagon.

It’s not the real deal as far as I can tell. It seems to be a photochop by a company called Graphicar. But it’s a pretty good effort in my opinion – not as flattering as it could be, but pretty decent.

They’ve even put it in a familiar setting as it looks like the Saab test track where recent press photos of other vehicles have been taken.

You’ve got a snippet there. Go to Blog Automobile for the whole shot.

I think we can expect to see the real deal at Geneva 2011.

Thanks to Jos for the tip!

Saab 9-4x – minty fresh

I’m surprised we haven’t more color changes for the Saab 9-4x yet. Jeff sent through a few, but they were more concerned with some desired styling tweaks.

This one’s just color-related. Personally, it’s not to my taste, but when I asked Mrs Swade, she quite liked it, and she’s generally regarded to have much better taste than me.

It came via email from Sean and Raven and it’s intended to mimic Saab’s Glacier Blue from a few years ago.

Thanks Sean!

Photoshopping the Saab 9-4x

Opinions are always divided when a new car, or an update, comes on to the market.

One of the little traditions that we tend to have in the larger Saab community is the instant customisation of the new vehicle. Whether it be color changes, styling changes, wheel changes – whatever. A new iteration of the new vehicle is only a few digital brushstrokes away. And it’s always fun to look at.

‘Jeff’ was the first to apply his own personal tastes to the new Saab 9-4x. He’s darkened it down, removed the two-tone coloring, brought in some larger air dams and added some ‘Edge’ wheels to very nice effect.

Click.

Saab 9-4x Custom

Nice work, Jeff. I’ll have one of the darker ones, thanks 🙂

Autobild photoshop Saab’s future

German magazine Autobild has taken a stab at predicting what the future of Saab might look like, showing their photoshop predictions of a new Saab 9-3, the Saab 9-5 SportCombi and a possible Saab Sonett (they seem to have got their Sonett images from the same source as AMS Sweden).

The 9-3 is the most interesting, I guess, because we saw the Sonett renderings last week and we’ve already seen real, Saab imagery of the 9-5 Combi (though everyone still seems to forget this).

Their rendering of the 9-3, from the front….

AutoBild Saab 9-3

And from the back. The cues from the 9-5 are pretty obvious….

Autobild Saab 9-3 rear

Here’s their rendering of the 9-5 combi, which from my point of view, isn’t quite accurate from the B-pillar back.

AutoBild Saab 9-5 Combi

And, well…… the Sonett is probably best viewed with the AMS Sonett story as it’ll give a bit more background information…..

AutoBild Saab Sonett

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From my point of view, I just like the fact that magazines in Germany are writing about Saab again. It’d be a great market for Saab to get some traction in.

My thanks to Lars B (a man with a 4-Saab family, no less) for sending through the imagery!

Auto Motor and Sport get their Sonett on

Auto Motor and Sport hits the news stands on Thursday, but subscribers get it a little earlier.

I guess one of my contacts on Buzz must be a subscriber, because he’s posted the images there (Thanks T!). Here are the two scans.

Auto Motor and Sport Saab Sonett rendering

Auto Motor and Sport Saab Sonett rendering

Please bear in mind that these would be renderings by an artist contracted by AMS. They’re not official.

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I don’t know the tone of the story, but the headline as translated yesterday seemed to indicate a belief that the Sonett might actually be coming, as a competitor to the Audi TT class of vehicles.

Personally speaking, I’m a bit skeptical about that.

I believe Saab will be successful in securing an appropriate partnership to build what’s referred to as the Saab 92 – a small 4-seat hatch with teardrop styling.

A Sonett would likely be shaped on the same architecture, if it were to eventuate. That’s a big “if”, though. The extra money needed to make this work might be hard to get, and the market for 2-seater sports cars is limited, meaning the potential return on the additional investment might be pretty limited, too.

I’d absolutely love for it to happen. A vehicle like this would be a dream come true for me. It embodies everything I love about the driving experience.

I’d love to be wrong, but I won’t count this chicken until it’s hatched.

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As noted in comments, Auto Express wrote about this last month. This is a quote from that article…..

I’ve looked at a retake of the Sonett, as Audi did with the TT, and I didn’t have to push the management too hard to justify it.

Aside from my usual reservations about AE content, I think the quote they attribute to Jason Castriota is more about some conceptual drawings and a little fun exploration than a commitment to building the model itself. I think that quote came from an interview around the time of the US launch of the 9-5 at Monticello.

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