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In an effort to convince Saab to move ahead with plans to build a new small car, a Facebook group calling itself Saab91 Support Group, has released some compelling renderings that are sure to spark discussion.
Rather than the rumored 92 badge, this group suggests the 91 – and for good reason. The name is in homage to the Saab 91 Safir plane developed by Saab. The design of the car even takes inspiration from jets and other airplanes, in keeping with Saab’s history, as well as the design language of Saab’s new parent company Spyker.
Overall the design takes a futuristic, rather than a retro, approach, with cues from the BioHybrid and AeroX. The Saab91 Support Group isn’t done yet either, with plans to unveil a rendering of the cars interior. You can even join the Facebook group to discuss the model and what sort of materials it should use.
Saab is reportedly working on a new 92 model with BMW supplying both engines as well as the current MINI platform. That being said, if it does make production, it’s sure to be a blast to drive. We just hope it looks like this.
GALLERY: Saab 91 Rendering
Saab‘s proposed 92 small premium model could ride on a BMW platform say recent reports. According to Swedish outlet Dagens Industri BMW and Saab are holding talks on sharing both platforms and engines.
Saab CEO Victor Muller has commented that his company is in talks with several other automakers over sharing technology for the new 92 model. Presumably this new platform would be the new BMW front-drive setup designed for the next-generation MINI and BMW 1 Series. As the Saab 92 would, however, be a competitor (thought a minor one) for the new MINI and 1 Series then it’s possible that BMW is looking to sell Saab the current MINI underpinnings.
In addition talks between Saab and BMW are reported to include a new small diesel engine that Saab would use to power its coming 9-4X midsize crossover.
[Source: Automotive News]
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.
Rumors have floated around about Saab‘s planned 9-2 MINI competitor, but now company CEO Victor Muller has confirmed the Swedish automaker is in talks with other manufacturers about the project. Muller told Bloomberg that Saab is looking to work with another automaker over technology to develop a new small car platform for the 9-2.
It’s not yet clear if Saab will simply purchase an existing platform from another automaker or if it intends to work together to co-develop a platform with a company that also has aspirations of taking on models like the MINI and Audi A1.
Muller has commented in the past that he is excited about brining a new entry-level model to the Saab brand that would draw inspiration from the original Saab, the 92. It would even take design cues from the original, including its teardrop shape.
With all the success the MINI brand has had since it was reborn in recent years, Audi has now accepted the challenge by producing the A1. But the sub-compact premium segment looks to get more crowded in the future as Spyker CEO Victor Muller has said he’s examining the possibility of building a small Saab model to take on the MINI Cooper.
Muller told AutoCar that his design team has already worked on some sketches, which take inspiration from the original Saab, the 92, produced from 1949-56.
“It will be the coolest thing since the MINI,” said Muller.
In addition to that model, the Saab 9-2 (which it will presumably be named), the new Saab Spyker company has said it is planning a new 9-3 for 2012, as well as a 9-4X model next year. The company’s new flagship 9-5 model is set to go on sale this Spring.