Looking back on the life and [slow and painful] death of Saab, it's impossible to not stop and think of what might have been with the quirky Swedish automaker. As it turns out, SaabsUnited has decided to shed some light on what the company's future might have looked like, including some images and information that include full-scale mockups of the 9-3 Phoenix, which you see above.

In its waning years, Saab's lead designer Jason Castriota was working feverishly to deliver new products that built on the heritage of the brand while doing so at a lower cost and in a shorter time period than previous models. In the end, though, it sounds like the earliest that we could have seen any of these plans come to fruition was 2014. In addition to hatchback and convertible 9-3 variants, Castriota also created the Sonnett – a sporty-looking 2+2 that never made it past the design study phase.

Regardless of whether you're a diehard fan of the brand or if you were just pulling for the underdog, you'll want to head on over to SaabsUnited to check out a little more of what the future could have held for Saab.


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      telm12345
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is one of the LEAST boring cars ever! You won\'t mistake it for anything else. I like GM, but this is one brand they truly just ran to the ground.
        Snark
        • 1 Year Ago
        @telm12345
        You know what else wasn't boring? The Aztek. And the Edsel.
          telm12345
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Snark
          No, they were still quite boring when it came time to sit in the cabin (which is how most of us drive cars). And the Aztec handled like a shopping cart. Saabs, even GM Saabs, were a lot of fun to drive (and I owned a 98 and an 04 9-3).
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great design, its got that original Saab look.
      CarCrazy24
      • 1 Year Ago
      Too bad it was never given a chance to be sold, it would have been a great alternative to the german entry luxury norm
      Travis C. Vasconcelo
      I can see the SAAB aero heritage well in this design. It is a step that could have helped in the era of SAAB's looking like the GM cars then sprang from. I particularly like the family feel this design has with the last of the 9-5 series. I always thought the last generation 9-3 looked too much like the Chevrolet Cobalt it was based on. I lament the loss of SAAB, for once GM got their mitts on them, it was straight down hill. The 9-5 redo was their best effort. Much like GM of the past, when they get it right they killed it. Look at the Pontiac Fiero, the Pontiac G8, the Oldsmobile Aurora, the last generation of Saturn. Once they got it right, the divisions died and the last cars were the best in the eyes of the collector. If the Chinese bring SAAB back as they have talked they may, I hope they get the talent SAAB had at the end...I also hope this stunning sheet metal makes it to the road.
      CarSnaab
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll assume that Saab would have gotten this thing to drive like a dream. They still would have needed folks to get down to their dealers to survive. This is not the styling to have done that. I'm glad the SaabsUnited folks got some of us Saab owners some closure with this.
      artandcolour2010
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice to see they were thinking of going back to a hatch for the 9-3. The beltline is evocative of their sports Aero coupe concept, too. Too bad they couldn't make it work. Saab was a great brand for a long time. New England is still full of them.
      ammca66564
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice, and very distinctive. If it'd had a hatch and been as practical as the old 900, might have gone somewhere.
      adam1keith1980
      • 1 Year Ago
      The best sellers in this class are the 3-series, A4, C-class, and G37. This is too different than the class leaders to sell in big numbers.
        F_Monk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @adam1keith1980
        SAABS never sold in big numbers, but they did alright. Besides, who's to say it wouldn't have sold well? There're are too many unknown variables to flatly proclaim it wouldn't sell.
      dee8817
      • 1 Year Ago
      This makes me sad because this looks like it would've been a breathe of fresh air. I love the styling and the shape really does pay hertiage to Saab's unique hatchback shape.
      VDuB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very retro with modern touches. Sad that this couldn\'t have been made. I don\'t know if this would have sold well though. Most of those who remembered these retro Saabs would have been older and moved on to a more prestigous brand.
      Sing2Me
      • 1 Year Ago
      Don't know why but I just love how it looks.
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        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        Saab screwed up Saab. Non-Saab owners didn't want Saabs, whether they were Saab or GM designs.
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