CC Capsule: 2005 Saab 9-2x – A WRX in Saab’s Clothing

Imagine my surprise when pulling in to work the other day and what should I find in the spot next to mine? This site’s favorite automotive unicorn, the Saab 9-2x.

Now to be honest, I have no idea whether this a 2005 or 2006 9-2x. But since most of these were 2005 models, that is what I went with for the article title.

The 9-2x has already gotten the full Curbside Classic treatment (here and here), but I didn’t want to let this one go by without at least a CC capsule, since 9-2x sightings are about as common as solar eclipses.

It didn’t help that the Saab badges had faded away.

One reason why I think these things are scarce (or at least perceived as scarce) is that they look almost identical to the much more common second-generation Impreza on which they are based. From the side it is virtually indistinguishable from the Impreza. From the rear, slightly different tail lights are the main differentiator that really only a fellow owner would spot. Indeed, when I pulled in I had assumed that I was parking next to a WRX until I saw the Saab schnoz. I wonder how many other 9-2x’s I’ve overlooked because of this.

I’ve been working at my current employer for over five years, so I must have seen this car many times before without even realizing what it was. In fact, I’ve seen it several times since taking these pictures, now that I know what to look for.

According to Wikipedia, a total of 10,346 total 9-2x’s were produced and sold worldwide during its brief 2-year run. To put this into proper context, below are some cars that have had larger production runs than the 9-2x.

14,022 Lamborghini Diablo
16,652 Cadillac XLR
16,941 Subaru BRZ (US sales)
22,010 Merkur Scorpio
24,150 Chevrolet SSR
27,219 Rolls-Royce Phantom
30,252 Fiat 500L (US)
35,794 Sterling 825/827