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From Autoweek:

Saab’s awd future

The successor to General Motors’ worldwide Epsilon platform will come in front-, rear- and all-wheel-drive versions starting with 2009 production. A Saab source confirms this means the 9-3 and 9-5 will get all-wheel drive by late 2008 or early ’09.

http://autoweek.com/news.cms?newsId=102087
 

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9-5 and Epsilon 2+ is known for a while but most important actually new information is that no awd for 9-3 until Epsilon 2.

Although it was not said exactly that way.

Other interesting news bit was mention of a rwd, I have never before heard of Epsilon 2 rwd.
 

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Don't read too much into the RWD but AWD is certain. I think they mean the 9-5 will be a 2009 because GM has already said next 9-3 and Opel Vectra is planned for 2008...

AWD is going to be a nice option for the new 9-5 and 9-3... the future sounds good.
 

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Hmmmm...too bad GM got out of the SAAB/Fiat/Alfa consortium for the new platform - the new Alfa 159 is on that platform and would have been perfect for the new 9-5 - and the platform is available now, instead of 4 or 5 years out - poor SAAB will be playing catch-up yet again. We'll probably be seeing Hyundais and Kias with avail AWD before SAAB :nono;
 

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Grreeeeaaaatttt.....about 5 years behind the game...

apzer09 said:
From Autoweek:

Saab’s awd future

The successor to General Motors’ worldwide Epsilon platform will come in front-, rear- and all-wheel-drive versions starting with 2009 production. A Saab source confirms this means the 9-3 and 9-5 will get all-wheel drive by late 2008 or early ’09.

http://autoweek.com/news.cms?newsId=102087
 

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I could find a old news from 2002, that anounced Saab and Haldex....

Haldex nominated by Saab to supply AWD system for new vehicle models
The nomination letter received specifies Haldex as the selected supplier of the AWD system for three new vehicle model based on two new platforms. The potential order value, over a 5-year period, is estimated to approximately 600-800 MSEK. The nomination confirms Haldex leading position on the electronically controlled AWD market with orders from three of the five biggest automotive groups in the world.

The serial development is in progress with estimated market introduction within a few years, Haldex is currently supplying the Volkswagen Group, which introduced the Haldex AWD system in 1998 and Volvo Car Corporation which recently has introduced the Haldex AWD system on Volvo S60 AWD and XC90

source; haldex and Saabcarsonline

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Every mag doesnt have a insider, it just take a one mag to make a news and then everybody else will copy that without saying that they are just speculating and copying. And soon you got copy of a copy of a copy.... twisting the original.

I sure hope that there is an fwd option in the future, very few need awd and some really dont want that extra weight.

It will be interesting to see how long some car makers are able to make "continuous awd traction" a positive matter when it just tells that their system is outdated.
 
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