Saab will decide whether to add a new premium small car to its range “within the next 100 days”, according to boss Victor Muller - and if it gets the green light, the car will be known simply as 92.
With production of the new 9-5 now ramping up, Saab has turned its attention to sourcing a platform for its new baby; it could develop its own, but it is more likely to buy in the underpinnings from another European manufacturer.
The time frame is tight; Muller told Autocar that he would like the 92 to enter production in 2013, although he admitted that 2014 is more probable. Muller said the new 92 will need to be “stunning to look at, ingenious and an outstanding premium product”. And it will avoid retro styling cues. “We hate retro at Saab,” said Muller.
“It’s a teardrop car and premium, but that's where the comparison ends.” He also revealed that the model will offer a hybrid option. The design, dimensions and specifications of the 92 have already been determined.
Saab is expecting to build between 30,000 and 60,000 units per year; Muller believes these relatively modest numbers will make the car exclusive enough to justify a price tag of “Mini plus 10 per cent”.