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August 15, 2001 Saab is to reveal a bold, high-performance concept car at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show that will showcase the future direction of its design philosophy.
The multi-dynamic Saab 9X challenges traditional design orthodoxy by incorporating, for the first time within one car, key features usually associated with four different types of vehicle - a coupe, roadster, wagon and even a pick-up.
The first photographs released this week show how the clean lines of the 9X define a compact and sporty shape, with strong Saab styling cues dramatically evolved. The front end shows a major evolution of the traditional Saab 3-slot grille, now incorporating the headlamps within the grille itself.
The front facia is strongly curved, sweeping back to integrate smoothly with the front wheel arches. Traditional Saab cues inlude the characteristic wrap-around windscreen, blacked out A-pillars, and the strong sail panel. The car's other dimensions are hidden in the photographs but will be revealed at its unveiling on the Saab stand.
"I regard this car as a statement of intent," comments Saab Automobile's CEO Peter Augustsson. "It is physical proof that Saab is embarked on an exciting journey."
The car spearheads a major product offensive from the Swedish manufacturer, with at least one new product or concept to be announced every year for the next six years.