The PhotoShop of the Saab 9-5 SportCombi that fooled the Swedish media was part of a contest, and we have a wrap-up of the entrants. Details and pics inside.
[UPDATE] Since the writing of this article GM has announced talks with Spyker have collapsed and Saab will be discontinued. Story here.
Just what, exactly, will the new Saab 9-5 SportCombi look like? AutoWeek.nl asked readers to submit their Photoshopped ideas for the new Saab 9-5, with at least one cranking out a rendering of the as-yet unreleased SportCombi or station wagon variety.
The results were good enough to fool at least a few members of Sweden's mainstream media, who apparently published the SportCombi photo as though it leaked out from internal Saab sources. Nonetheless, Auto Motor Sport Sweden earlier this year was shown a 1:1 scale model of the wagon variant at Saab's own photo studio in Vänersborg and confirm the rendering is quite close by stating, "Only the roof rails are missing."
Amongst the other PS submissions, a Saab version of a U.S. President's security limousine, a Bugatti Veyron inspired 9-5 with solid red hubcaps, Citroen DS3, 9-5 Coupe and a hearse for the Swedes, complete with blacked-out Swedish flags.
This last drawing is hopefully not symbolic of Saab's future, which is struggling for survival as GM debates whether or not to sell the brand. Meanwhile, the Saab 9-5 should go on sale in early 2010, with the SportCombi coming out later in the year.