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Default Saab 9-x Air to debut in Paris

I just ruined my pants









http://jalopnik.com/5050217/saab-9x-...wed-in-detroit

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Take concepts with a grain of salt. They're just one way to gauge public reaction (ruined pants or not) very early on in the concept & design phase.

Interesting is what I can say.
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Wink Saab 9-X Air concept...

It's unique, has a great stance, and looks like a Saab.

Definitely hits new ground as well.

Nice job/concept.
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With the top up, it's really cool looking - but with the top down, it would look much nicer without the buttresses at the back end...
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With the top up, it's really cool looking - but with the top down, it would look much nicer without the buttresses at the back end...
FWIW, I really don't like the current 9-3 CVT's butt and tailights


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Exclamation Saab 9-X Air concept...

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FWIW, I really don't like the current 9-3 CVT's butt and tailights

Where would you like them to put the top?

You did need that trunk thingy right?!
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This Air thing is awesome! Another Saab we can't buy.. Forget these toys and shows us some real cars like the new 9-5.
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That back seats look like molded plastic.
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I just ruined my pants
another one...........it looks awesome!!

Anybody sees some similarities with the Sonett III???

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totally agree Saabken, the front of the 9-3 'vert is terrific but the rear is too bulky and the lights have always been too large - a slimmer light might actually make the car look more squat at the rear - it looks jacked up otherwise. The '07 tailights improve the look slightly if you chose paint colour carefully the black light traim gets absorbed into the body.

Loving the look of the Air, but then I liked the Jaguar XJS buttresses too

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They had better build this, along with a hardtop 3-door fastback and market them as a sort of swedish TT alternative.
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AC, agree this and the 9-xBH are defo in the TT space , not a serious contender for the A4 which I testdrove yesterday and is miles bigger in terms of interior legroom and width - very worried if the new 9-3 were to shrink as widely speculated, it will die against ever-larger A4 and C class .
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AC, agree this and the 9-xBH are defo in the TT space , not a serious contender for the A4 which I testdrove yesterday and is miles bigger in terms of interior legroom and width - very worried if the new 9-3 were to shrink as widely speculated, it will die against ever-larger A4 and C class .
I think all they need to do is make it feel larger on the inside. The current gen 9-3 feels a little cramped, especially in the rear seats.

Make it a hatch, push the rear seats back 5 inches, give the front seats a few more inches of legroom.. The car can probably shrink a foot and still be capable of growing interior space. Who really fills their saab's trunk completely when all the rear seats are full? Make it smaller and have 40/20/40 split rear seats to allow it to open up really big. Make it a hatch so things can be stacked upward instead of simply deep-ways (?)
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The rear sure doesn't look like any other car on the road.

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Very faithful to the 9-4x in fact - I think we'll see these tailights very soon on that model and setting the standard for future Saab rears. It'll be nice to be able to recognise a Saab in the dark again!



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Boon

I agree the 9-3 could be better packaged, but in fact it is too small to achieve anything like 5 inches interior growth, even if it did, it will jus tlook too small to convince new-conquest buyers to even consider it - sales boost relies on converts who need to think they are getting value for money, not a smaller car!

Hatchback, if you must and a variant, but the wagon is preferred in UK, less so in Europe where saloon is king.

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I think all they need to do is make it feel larger on the inside. The current gen 9-3 feels a little cramped, especially in the rear seats.

Make it a hatch, push the rear seats back 5 inches, give the front seats a few more inches of legroom.. The car can probably shrink a foot and still be capable of growing interior space. Who really fills their saab's trunk completely when all the rear seats are full? Make it smaller and have 40/20/40 split rear seats to allow it to open up really big. Make it a hatch so things can be stacked upward instead of simply deep-ways (?)
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Very faithful to the 9-4x in fact - I think we'll see these tailights very soon on that model and setting the standard for future Saab rears. It'll be nice to be able to recognise a Saab in the dark again!
And consistent with the Aero-X


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Very faithful to the 9-4x in fact - I think we'll see these tailights very soon on that model and setting the standard for future Saab rears. It'll be nice to be able to recognise a Saab in the dark again!
Also pays homage to the saabs of yore with the full width lighting / reflectors.



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AND the EV-1 Concept !!!

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And this


I was sad to see it go on the OG9-3, I thought it was kind-of a saab trademark type thing. I'm excited to see it again.
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