Saab has taken the warps off the new 9-3, following the news that
production on the saloon has restarted earlier this week. The new model
is virtually identical to the facelifted version launched in 2011, with
the only major difference being the absence of the griffin badge.
Under the new ownership of National Electric Vehicle Sweden, the Saab
9-3 will initially be aimed at the Chinese market with a small number
being sold directly from NEVS to Swedish customers via its website.
The new model is powered by the same 220bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged
petrol engine used in the 9-3 before the company went bankrupt. Manual
and automatic transmissions will also be available.
Production rate will be ‘very modest’ initially, with Saab confirming
only around 10 models will be produced per week to ensure quality is at
the highest level. Gradually, production will increase to meet customer
An electric version of the 9-3 will also be launched in spring next
year, with China again being the first market. NEVS’ partner and part
owner Qingdao has initially placed an order for a fleet of 200 electric
Priced from 279,000 SEK (£26,125), the 9-3 will go on sale in Sweden from December 10. For more details click here.