Saab's 9-X concept has been put on hold, a company course has revealed. Despite its claims to the contrary, GM Europe's senior management is reassessing the ecologically inspired concept.
Jan-Ake Jonsson, Managing Director of Saab, has admitted that the 9-X concept - which was expected to be badged 9-1 - now has to be "re-defined".
One highly placed GM source told Autocar that the case for the Saab 9-X, as it was shown at the recent British motor show, is currently being completely re-argued by Saab staff.
The debate now centres on the platform Saab uses to build the car.
Carl-Peter Forster, president of GM Europe and chairman of Saab, said that building the proposed 9-1 on the same platform as the new Corsa supermini was 'imaginable'.
However, company sources have said that the 9-X could not survive translation to a much smaller platform, and possible lower price tag, and could simply become a more conventional premium supermini in the mould of the upcoming Polo-based Audi A1.