President and chief executive officer Peter Augustsson told Fleet NewsNet at the Geneva Motor Show that the size of vehicles would be similar to the existing 9-3 and 9-5 and said a small car was 'not a priority'. 'We will be looking at developing the 9-3 and 9-5 model ranges with new models,' he said. 'We will not produce vehicles larger than the 9-5.'
Meanwhile, Saab is to double its diesel engine vehicle line-up with the summer launch of a 170bhp 3.0 V6 common rail unit sourced from Isuzu entering the 9-5. Presently in the UK Saab only offers one diesel engine - the 9-3 2.2 TiD powered by an Opel-sourced diesel engine. The new unit will power both saloon and estate 9-5 variants, with vehicles badged 3.0 TiD. It produces 258lb-ft of torque at 1,800 rpm. The 3.0 V6 turbodiesel engine will subsequently appear in other General Motors' vehicles following its Saab debut.