Saab will decide within the next 100 days if it will move ahead with plans to introduce a small premium 92 model to compete with vehicles like the MINI Cooper, Audi A1, BMW 1 Series and Mercedes B Class.
Company CEO Victor Muller gave more details on the still conceptual model, commenting that while it would have a teardrop shape like the original 92, it would not be retro-style. “We hate retro at Saab,” said Muller. The plan would be to sell between 30,000 and 60,000 units per year, with models costing roughly 10 percent more than comparable MINIs. There are even plans to offer a hybrid option in the future.
Muller has admitted that Saab is currently in talks with other automakers over the project as it is believed the automaker will either purchase an existing platform or work with another automaker to develop an all-new platform in order to make the 92 a reality.
Muller also commented that if the project gets the green light, a 2014 launch date is most probable.