Lucid Motors’ Senior Exterior Designer Grimaud Gervex Creates the Concept
A designer at Lucid Motors seems to have a fondness for the defunct Saab brand, as evidenced by his recent conceptualization of an electric luxury SUV bearing the Swedish automaker’s name. In this vision, the brand is revived in the modern era of electric vehicles.
The brilliant mind behind the designs is Grimaud Gervex, a senior exterior designer at Lucid Motors. He explained that his concept, known as the Saab Rover, draws inspiration from the aviation heritage of Saab. The body showcases a sleek form with minimal aggressive details, a crucial aspect for maximizing range in electric vehicles.
Similar to the design language seen in Lucid’s Gravity, the Saab Rover adopts a simple and sleek style, enhanced by shiny black elements.
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The design of the concept features a wraparound windshield that gives the roof a floating appearance. The faux grille is formed by delicate, pinstripe-thin accents, and the headlights are some of the slimmest ever depicted. This eliminates concerns about stone chips on the lenses.
The back of the vehicle showcases a flat Kamm/Coda Tronca design that emphasizes its fastback-inspired downward curve. The small rear window resembles a mailbox and offers limited visibility of cars behind, but adds an elegant touch reminiscent of the Saab PhoeniX concept car from 2011. A comical and exaggerated roof box attempts to increase storage space.
Gervex, an exterior designer, did not attempt to envision a cabin, instead allowing for the opportunity to envision one’s own version of a contemporary fighter jet-inspired exhibit. It is interesting to note that if the Swedish car company had been more swift in embracing new trends, such as the rise of SUVs, they may have experienced greater success. Although the midsize Saab 9-7X was briefly available, it was a peculiar creation fabricated by GM and deemed by American media as a costly and therefore superfluous substitute for the Chevrolet TrailBlazer.
Unfortunately, Saab has been suffering from ill health for quite some time. Due to poor management from GM, the company went bankrupt and was later acquired by a Chinese conglomerate in 2012. Despite promising developments in the past ten years – including a partnership with Koenigsegg that was announced in 2019 – the brand ultimately met its demise again, even after producing a prototype vehicle. At present, a new owner has taken over, this time from Canada, but the fate of the brand remains uncertain.