Wednesday, July 20, 2011

What could have been: Saab 9-6

These are pictures taken at the Saab museum.
Of the Saab that almost was: The Subaru Tribeca based 9-6. A 3 door version was also considered.
It came from the same part of the corporate brain that had the idea for the Saab 9-2. Which was nothing more than a Subaru Impreza with a Saab nose.

I have to say, the Tribeca doesn't look that bad as a Saab. And I think both Saab and Subaru should appeal to people who want something different.
But putting a new nose on a car is just not enough (The interiors are the same)

These are pictures of the Subaru.
The top one is the revised version, for 2008.
At the bottom is the original profile. Which was more original...


sleeksilver said...

aaaaaannnndddd that's why Saab is in the state that it is in now.

Because they can't do anything on their own. Even the 9-5 is based off of a GM platform, and uses an engine that was developed by GM.

The 9-2x was an outrageously overpriced joke, and the 9-7x was a POS Trailblazer.

Saab just needs to roll over and die.

Otto said...

It's pretty obvious that most of the bodywork from the planned 9-6X eventually ended up on the Subaru version anyway.. so it's better they never built it. Too bad the 9-4X took so long to come to fruition.. it might have had a chance had it debuted in 2006. said...

Looks like SAAb will soon got he way of Packard and Pontiac. Some bargains on final ones available as over 250 day inventory now.