Assuming the Chinese government approves the sale of Saab to the Pang Da and Youngman companies (a very big "if," truth be told), the Swedish automaker could indeed have a bright future... in time. With the new 9-5 and 9-4X not in need of any dire updates just yet, it'd be smart for Saab to focus on reworking its biggest volume offering, the aged 9-3. And judging by this sketch found on Swedish site Svd.se, the next 9-3 (likely called "Ninety-Three") could be quite a rakish yet practical entry into the entry-level luxury segment. The image above is said to be taken from an internal planning document, and it depicts a handsome five-door shape, with Saab's characteristic cantilevered "hockey stick" greenhouse and turbine-shaped wheels.

We at Autoblog were very fond of the three- and five-door 9-3 bodystyles from the late 1990s and early 2000s (as well as the 99 and 900 model ranges that sired them), and with more automakers proving that dramatically sloped hatchbacks can have a place in the luxury segment (thanks, Audi A7 and Porsche Panamera), the rebirth of a proper liftback 9-3 could be a strong move for the beleaguered company. Even from this grainy image, we can see a lot of influence from the Phoenix concept that bowed in Geneva earlier this year, albeit without the showcar's flashier touches.

Still, who knows if this car will ever see the light of day based on Saab's current shaky situation. For now, we're crossing our fingers. Head over to Svd.se for the full story (and more photos).


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      ThomasP
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sort of sporty yet awkward looking.... which is to say they nailed it. Definitiely a Saab.
        carnut0913
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ThomasP
        I like Saab, I really do- its just that they have always been a 1 trick pony and there just isnt much room in mass production for that. Now, if Penske had bought the saturn dealership way back when- someone could have cobbled together a line out of Mitsaabzuki and assorted specialty mftrs and possibly had something. As it is, there will be a death knell in the US soon for all three, and Smart if there is any justice in teh world.
      CruzControl
      • 3 Years Ago
      Loving that 9-3! Hopefully SAAB can get through that juggling act.
      Archknight
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Phoenix concept's influence is definitely needed on front fascia for a truly sporty appearance. I've never cared for Saab's quirky appearance or the cheap looking interiors but the driving them in front or XWD configuration is a whole different animal. Saab is an underdog in the luxury segment, if they put out a this 9-3 with top notch interior quality their sales would skyrocket. The 2.0T will definitely be the motivator for this car but I don't think they will go any higher than a 4 cylinder turbo because it would step on the toes of the 9-5. They may opt for a larger 4 banger or a smaller 6 cylinder (modified version of the old 2.8L). It'll be interesting to see what becomes of this model.
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      So glad to see this, there is always hope that Saab can pull through and make this happen. What a great alternative this would be to the 3 series, A4, and C class!
      Osama bin Larry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dang that's a beautiful profile, that design will appeal to the masses not just high school English teachers.
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      this thing looks 100% saab and is simply gorgeous!!!!
      zombiefish29
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is what I am hoping for. I have, probably 5 years left with my current 9-5, and the new 9-3 really has my interest.
      JonZeke
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you go to the link, the 4th image in the lightbox (at the top of the article) shows a product plan with another mystery Saab due around the same time. Could this be the 9-2?
      Ronnie
      • 3 Years Ago
      The back looks a bit awkward, but otherwise looks hot and classy all in the same breath.
      Adrian Elliot
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd hit it.
      EverythingBagel
      • 3 Years Ago
      That looks awesome. My interest in Saab has been re-ignited, since the 9-4 and 9-5 really do little for me.
      Alex740
      • 3 Years Ago
      The details are fuzzy but that profile is distinctive and sporty without being over the top, really like how this is looking. If they can get their interiors up to a much higher level of quality, I might be driving one of these in a couple years.
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