Lucid Motors senior exterior designer Grimaud Gervex has sparked interest with his conceptualization of an all-electric luxury SUV under the hypothetical revival of the defunct Saab brand. Inspired by Saab's aviation heritage, Gervex's creation, dubbed the Saab Rover, embodies aerodynamic principles and a minimalist aesthetic reminiscent of Lucid's design philosophy seen in the Gravity model.
The Saab Rover features a sleek, aerodynamic body devoid of aggressive character lines, a design choice aimed at maximizing range for electric vehicles (EVs). Notable elements include a wraparound windshield, creating a floating roof effect, and a faux grille area defined by subtle accents and slim headlights.
At the rear, the design showcases a flat Kamm-/Coda Tronca-style tail, enhancing the fastback-like silhouette of the vehicle. While the rear window design may compromise visibility, it evokes the stylish essence of the Saab PhoeniX concept from 2011. Additionally, a roof box adds a touch of practicality to the design.
Gervex's focus on the exterior leaves room for imagination regarding the cabin, prompting envisioning of a modern fighter jet-inspired display. The article reflects on Saab's history, noting its challenges, including bankruptcy following mismanagement by General Motors and subsequent acquisitions by Chinese and Canadian entities, leaving the brand's future uncertain.
Despite Saab's storied past and the occasional partnership announcement, such as with Koenigsegg in 2019, the brand has struggled to regain momentum in the automotive market. As it stands, the potential revival of Saab remains a topic of speculation in the industry.