Spyker CEO Victor Muller isn’t at a loss for words when it comes to his plans for future Saabs, but the chatty chairman revealed a little more regarding upcoming models with Motor Trend at the 2010 New York auto show.
We’ve heard Saab thumping its chest about the new 9-3, saying its newfound independence could allow the company to move away from its GM ties. The next 9-3, due in 2013, will still have at least one large GM contribution: its platform.
The new 9-3 will continue to utilize the Epsilon I architecture currently employed by today’s model. That’s slightly surprising, considering GM was working to move a number of its midsize sedans to the upgraded Epsilon II platform, which underpins the new 9-5. GM reportedly considered moving 9-3 to the Epsilon II design, but decided to stick with Epsilon I before selling the company to Spyker.
“They made that decision right in time,” Muller said. “And it’s a great platform. There’s nothing wrong with it. There’s no necessity to share it with anyone else. So we can make a Saab Saab out of that one.”
Saab currently has enough financing to launch the new 9-5, 9-4x, and develop and bring the next-gen 9-3 to market -- but if those models prove successful, then the company will work on pushing a small car, the 9-2, into the market.
We’ve heard the car is heavily inspired by the original Saab bustleback coupes, and Motor Trend, after seeing sketches of the car on Muller’s BlackBerry device, can confirm that description. The 9-2 melds the roofline of the original Saab 92, but incorporates several touches -- like the wrap-around rear window -- of the later 96 cars.
Source: Motor Trend