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: 9-7X future


SaabKen
3rd February 2005, 06:04 PM
From current issue of Motor Trend:
"Saab's 2006 9-7X will be offered long after 2008, contrary to what we suggested in this space in January. The GMT360 truck-based 9-7X and the 2007 9-6X crossover, developed with Subaru, are designed to complement each other in Saab showrooms, the automaker says. But other GMT360s -- Chevy TrailBlazer, Buick Rainier, GMC Envoy and Isuzu Ascender -- are scheduled for a major makeover for 2008, and we're told the 9-7X isn't on that program. This bit of news indicates the 9-7X will carry on for a few years with the old design, after the new GMT360 replacement is unveiled."

My guesses:

future platform of 9-7X undecided;
future of 9-7X undecided (ie: discontinue after 2008);
future of Saab itself undecided, GM not ready to make further investments
Let the speculations and debates begin ...... :o

Architosh
3rd February 2005, 07:34 PM
From current issue of Motor Trend:
"Saab's 2006 9-7X will be offered long after 2008, contrary to what we suggested in this space in January. The GMT360 truck-based 9-7X and the 2007 9-6X crossover, developed with Subaru, are designed to complement each other in Saab showrooms, the automaker says. But other GMT360s -- Chevy TrailBlazer, Buick Rainier, GMC Envoy and Isuzu Ascender -- are scheduled for a major makeover for 2008, and we're told the 9-7X isn't on that program. This bit of news indicates the 9-7X will carry on for a few years with the old design, after the new GMT360 replacement is unveiled."

My guesses:


future platform of 9-7X undecided;
future of 9-7X undecided (ie: discontinue after 2008);
future of Saab itself undecided, GM not ready to make further investments
Let the speculations and debates begin ...... :o


Point 1: No. Saab and GM no they need a SUV of some sort because that's what people want in the US market.
Point 2: Platform not decided because they need to get reactions to the 9-7X today and see what people don't and do like about it. Perhaps Saab traditionalist may ***** about it not having a turbo version option(s) like Volvo's XC90 SUV which are liked by Volvo buyers.
Point 3: agreed. GM doesn't really understand the brand they actually own. Isn't that totally sad?

valbowski1980
3rd February 2005, 11:25 PM
If a product like this is the best SAAB/GM can do then the future looks bleak at best.

squishmann
4th February 2005, 12:39 AM
i agree with Arcintosh on a few points. in 3 years saab will have 2 SUVs on the market. GM can't pull the trigger as of yet to invest in a new 9-7X.

they have to make sure the launch of the New 9-5 is succesful

apzer09
4th February 2005, 01:57 AM
they have to make sure the launch of the New 9-5 is succesful

agreed. they have to make sure their core models (9-3 and 9-5) are secure, as those are the ones that attract loyal buyers. But the suvs are also important because they prevent buyers from venturing elsewhere to find an suv. The 9-6x will cater to families, the 9-7x to those who are in it for the look.