Saab show the 9-6x

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!

e-AAM Driveline Systems video

e-AAM is the new venture that will supply the rear electric drive units that will go into the Saab 9-3 replacement vehicle late in 2012. The company is owned one-third by Saab and two-thirds by American Axle and has a whole bunch of (now former) Saab people working in Trollhattan, including Peter Johansson, the father of XWD.

They recently did some testing/drive events at Kinnekulle racetrack and handily for us, they took a video camera.

There’s not a lot you can see in these videos, though the “roller” video is definitely an interesting insight, as is the uphill start in the second video.

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e-AAM e-AWD/Hybrid system with Torque Vectoring. Saab Prototype vehicle on rollers. Electric motor on rear axel powers the vehicle in the event of no grip at front axle. The system has several patents and first customer launch is 2012. Lexus RX450 MY10 with standard electric AWD used as reference.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njo5zBeFtr0

Electric Torque Vectoring on rear axle gives the vehicle outstanding chassis performance. The system has several patents and first customer launch is 2012.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DepKIIvhGKA

Prototype vehicle on Kinnekulle race track

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccF1ULOKZgI

A better shot of THAT ng900 coupe

Last month I showed a small image of a prototype coupe that we think might have been made in Finland by Valmet as a proposition for Saab, back when they built the ng900 convertibles.
There wasn’t really much known about it (and still isn’t) but at least there’s a decent size photo now.
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What we did find out on that previous entry is that the car is stored at a car museum in that place I have to always have to cut and paste Uusikaupunki.
One of the guys at Saabforum.nl has recently visited the museum and taken a few shots of some of the more interesting Saabs there (the red convertible’s a little freaky).
I’m just pleased to see another, larger shot of this car. It divided opinion last time we saw it but I quite liked it.

Thanks Jacco!

Saab NG900 prototype?

I received an email from ‘Mike’ overnight with an interesting image attached.
It would seem that this might be one of the prototypes Saab built in developing the Saab 900 that replaced the classic 900 in 1994.
Click to enlarge.
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Mike found the image here, and the accompanying text (in Swedish) says that only one was ever built, tested and then discontinued.
Right now is the part where I confess that I haven’t done my homework prior to posting this. I’ve got an Anders Tunberg book on the development of the NG900, but I haven’t fully read through it.
I’m going to go and take a flick through that book now, but if you’ve got any instant knowledge about this longer-looking 900, please feel free to chime in via comments.
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UPDATE:
I’ve received another image, this time of the car in motion.
It’s quite small, unfortunately, but the profile does look pretty good.
Thanks Mattias!!
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