A couple of years ago, Saab went bankrupt and was later acquired by National Electric Vehicle Sweden, which is a Japanese-Chinese venture. The focus of the new owners is the Chinese market offering new car models in 2014 that are powered by electricity instead of petrol. This 2014, old models of Saab will be re-introduced. They are the following:
Saab 9-2 will be the reintroduced entry-level unit whose style resonates the original Saab 92, but artistically conceals an updated platform and powertrain. This re-engineered car is the symbol of Saab’s rebirth. Its platform comes with a small, front-wheel, while the powertrain comes with a four-cylinder turbocharged and three-cylinder gasoline engine.
The style of Saab 9-1 is reported to follow the classic Saab 92, but majority of the design is noted to be inspired by the BioHybrid that was introduced in 2008. Although the 9-2 is the entry-level car by the new Saab, the style has been already used for North America only. The Saab 9-1 is expected to dominate in Europe and Asian market.
Saab 9-3 is expected to run with e-power. China has a goal of getting half a million e-powered vehicles in the next two years, so there is high potential for the Saab 9-3 in this market. At the moment, Saab 9-3 is the only e-powered vehicle offered by the company, but there are plans to expand the series to keep the market afloat.
The Saab 9-5 will have a full facelift because of the modification in the entire design of the body truck. This 2014 model will have four-door access, which is quite popular with law enforcement agencies, even with the old model for the Saab 9-5. With significant improvements in the design, the 9-5 is superior even compared to the 9-3.
The Saab 9-4x will be re-launched in 2014 with the option of two petrol V6 engines, 223 lb ft torque and 300 bhp with 2.8L turbo. However, Saab faced a challenge on how to find the right diesel engine especially for the North American and European market, so the 2014 model might be operated with V6 only.