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: When exactly is 9-6X to be launched ?


SaabKen
21st March 2005, 06:25 PM
I see contradictory info, some saying it'll arrive Fall 2005 while others say mid-2005. I recall yet other sources that indicated it won't even arrive until '06 as an '07 model. Anyone ?


http://www.edmunds.com/future/2007/saab/96x/100511161/preview.html
2007 Saab 9-6X Midsize SUV
Available: Summer 2006
What Edmunds.com Says: Don't let the coat fool you -- this is merely a Japanese SUV built in the U.S.
What We Know: Saab will be building a seven-passenger SUV that is essentially identical beneath the surface to the Subaru B9 Tribeca, which recently debuted at NAIAS. The 9-6X will share its platform as well as its 3.0-liter, 250-horsepower, six-cylinder engine and accompanying five-speed manual transmission with its Subaru cousin. Additionally, the two vehicles will both be built on the same assembly line at Subaru's Indiana plant. The 9-6X makes its first appearance at the New York auto show early this spring and should find its way into domestic showrooms by the fall.


http://www.autoweek.com/news.cms?newsId=100455
(http://www.autoweek.com/news.cms?newsId=100455) http://a332.g.akamai.net/f/332/936/12h/www.edmunds.com/media/trans1x1.gif
Saabaru plans 9-6X Saab and Fuji Heavy Industries, parent company of Subaru, have announced plans for a second joint crossover product following on the heels of the Subaru WRX-based Saab 9-2X. What was not announced is that the next vehicle from Saab and Subaru arriving in mid-2005 as an 06 model will likely be based on the seven-seat Subaru XUV and will probably be called the Saab 9-6X, a name General Motors has trademarked for future use in the United States and Canada.

TuuSaR
21st March 2005, 06:40 PM
It's not even confirmed that 9-6X will come. That in mind, summer 2006 could be possible. Fall 2005 would be best of course. Things take time and they sure dont want new "engineered in 3 months" 9-2X.

Wait and see NY motorshow, that should bring answers, in a way or another.

Fla2Cali
21st March 2005, 06:54 PM
The 9-6x is a confirmed model.. we just don't know when it will be released. Considering the Subaru version will be available this year and there is rumour going around that they have had product clinics with both models I can't see this coming out any later than next spring. The NY Show better bring some news to us...

TuuSaR
21st March 2005, 07:22 PM
When did Saab confirm it?I have heard all sort of rumors, everything from axe to Subaru not decided.

SaabKen
21st March 2005, 08:36 PM
When did Saab confirm it?I have heard all sort of rumors, everything from axe to Subaru not decided.

Well they haven't denied it yet ;)

A second Saab SUV has been reported by the media for quite a while now so it's no surprise. Somebody on this board event attended a focus group clinic that compared the 9-6X and B9X Tribeca side-by-side !

Perhaps the most credible account is the one from Reuters where they interviewed Saab staff Chris McKinnon, Saab's business manager for the United States and Canada. Even Flikkema Saab of Lansing, IL is showing the 9-6X as upcoming new model using early spy pics of the Tribeca !

http://www.auto-report.net/index.html?fhi-saab_xuv.html

http://investing.reuters.co.uk/stocks/QuoteCompanyNewsArticle.aspx?view=CN&symbol=BMWG.DE&storyid=178801+28-Feb-2005+RTRS
(http://investing.reuters.co.uk/stocks/QuoteCompanyNewsArticle.aspx?view=CN&symbol=BMWG.DE&storyid=178801+28-Feb-2005+RTRS)
http://www.cleveland.com/autoinsight/index.ssf?/autoinsight/more/saab.html
(http://www.cleveland.com/autoinsight/index.ssf?/autoinsight/more/saab.html)
http://www.thesaabstory.com/futuremodels.htm
(http://www.thesaabstory.com/futuremodels.htm)
http://www.motortrend.com/future/spied/112_2007fvf/index7.html

http://www.channel4.com/4car/future-models/autumn-winter-2005-4.html

squishmann
22nd March 2005, 12:15 AM
I would expect the 9-6X to be released in 12 months time. the only way saab would release it sooner if things got really bad.

as much as i want to see it I personally don't think they should debut it this year since that will take away from the 9-7X and kill it before it's even released, which should have been released in the fall.

and the 9-6X is only going to be a 5 seater since saab doesn't like the idea of having the 3rd row in the rear crumple zone

apzer09
22nd March 2005, 12:53 AM
It's really unsettling not to hear anything about it yet, since the NY auto show is this week. If Saab was trying to drum up interest for the car, this isn't the way to do it. With the Subaru debuting sometime this fall, the Saab should be on sale about this time next year if any logic was put into this launch.

SaabKen
22nd March 2005, 02:20 AM
Unless Saab is keeping mum then come up with some surprise unveiling. Like they did with the SportCombi at Detroit which was originally scheduled for Geneva. Who knows ? :confused:

Swade
22nd March 2005, 06:36 PM
Edusaab's post on product refocus (http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=46455) would seem to indicate that the 9-6x is still 18 months away. I'd be looking for Detroit, Geneva or New York next year. It's a pity, but there you go.

Fast_Ed
22nd March 2005, 06:44 PM
Maybe SAAB will sneakily release it BEFORE the subaru. Then the Subaru purists can argue whether this copy of a saab is a real subaru :lol:

saabcentic
24th March 2005, 11:35 AM
Check this out
http://www.nyteknik.se/art/34215

SaabKen
24th March 2005, 12:43 PM
And these .....

http://www.saabwest.ca/photos/displayimage.php?album=54&pos=4

http://www.saabwest.ca/photos/displayimage.php?album=54&pos=3

Supposedly artists' rendering of possible 9-3X (AWD crossover wagon) that is seperate model from the SportCombi

apzer09
24th March 2005, 07:57 PM
Is that ever going to happen?

Fla2Cali
25th March 2005, 11:16 PM
Edusaab's post on product refocus (http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=46455) would seem to indicate that the 9-6x is still 18 months away. I'd be looking for Detroit, Geneva or New York next year. It's a pity, but there you go.

Read that article over... they're talking about another crossover that will be on sale within 3 years.

SaabKen
26th March 2005, 01:07 AM
Read that article over... they're talking about another crossover that will be on sale within 3 years.

That's how I read it too, a separate crossover from the 9-6X:

"Forster said GM will create a global Saab crossover vehicle ..... Unlike the Saab 9-2X and 9-7X, which were developed half-way into the base models' life cycles, the crossover Saab is a brand new development," said a source, adding that it is at least three years away. The Saab 9-6 comes first. A GM Europe source said: "closer to 18 months than two years."

As far as I know, the 9-6X is supposed to be global too (not just for N.American market).

I bet this second crossover will be based on the 9-3, as Saab had planned on the 9-3X AWD crossover wagon ever since Michaeul Mauer was at the helm. This vehicle is internally codenamed "443".

This bit from the book Car Men 12: Michael Mauer, Saab Design Centre: "One could say that the 9-3X has been given the greenlight. General Motors vice chairman for product development Bob Lutz himself said it would be built in some form. What this means is that all the thinking behind the sportscar-fast 4x4 9-3X is going into the 2005 9-3 crossover wagon (codenamed "443") that will take on the Audi Allroad and Volvo XC70."

Since SportCombi was planned to arrive before the AWD 9-3X, this means the 9-3X AWD is at least two years behind schedule. Which matches what the article said about the dealers: "Saab dealers also want the 9-3 all-wheel-drive version promised three years ago."

Rob in Atlanta
26th March 2005, 10:49 AM
Despite a few false steps here and there, GM may, in fact, be the saviour that SAAB needed. Who knows, maybe 3 years down the road we will look back and be talking about the turn around of SAAB in the same way that Ford helped Volvo to hit the big time.

evanXspg
26th March 2005, 04:35 PM
:roll: The SUV market is dying, from what I know. Why the hell are companies still making these things?

but I can't deny that it does look good.

Swade
31st March 2005, 05:57 AM
A new short report on the Suuby B9X and 9-6x from MotorTrend is posted at T.H. (http://redinterior.typepad.com/trollhattan/2005/03/some_more_guff_.html)

Not sure that there's much that's new in this, other than confirmation (of sorts) about the removal of the rear seats for safety in the 9-6x.

squishmann
31st March 2005, 08:56 AM
i don't think the SUV (http://server4.103092804.com/Release3/linkredirect.php?h=40010,308406,1112273871) market is dying. there are a few reasons for slow sales.

current products are getting a little stale.
and the economy is still uncertain and you have a few more people spending less.

gas prices don't weigh in too much, people really don't care when they look at an suv.

one thing that needs to improve is the fuel economy and i think you will start to see these cars getting 20mpg with new engineering(not hybrids)

suvs may have reached their peak but it doesn't mean manufacturers(saab, audi) still shouldn't have one or two in their portfolio

Rob in Atlanta
31st March 2005, 11:19 AM
:roll: The SUV market is dying, from what I know. Why the hell are companies still making these things?

Your characterization of the market as "dying" is a relative term. Sure sales are slowing and the market isn't white hot like it has been for the past 10 years. For most of the past ten years you could sell any piece of junk that had a raised suspension and all-wheel-drive and had even vague intimations of truck-like ruggedness. The market has become more discerning and has diminished somewhat as the frenzy has died down. Still, several million of these vehicles are being sold per year. To answer your question - a market of several million vehicles a year is the reason why manufacturers are making "these things."

Swade
31st March 2005, 06:57 PM
Despite a few false steps here and there, GM may, in fact, be the saviour that SAAB needed. Who knows, maybe 3 years down the road we will look back and be talking about the turn around of SAAB in the same way that Ford helped Volvo to hit the big time.

And with today's big news about DKE nicking off and the appointment of the head Caddy marketing guy, we might be talking about it sooner rather than later. Well, here's hoping anyway. :D