Swade over at Trollhattansaab.net, the mecca of Saab
sites on the web, has again come through with a tantalizing shot of the 2008 Saab 9-3
. Shown winter testing someplace where it's really cold and snowy, this 9-3
SportCombi test mule is sporting a new grille design that evokes the longish snout of the Aero X
that was so well received at last year's Geneva Motor Show
. Swade notes the new nose isn't a total transfer of the Aero X's look, probably because this refreshening will be a transition face for the 9-3 that bridges the current model and an all-new model that's still a few years out. Nevertheless, this grille is much taller than the current model's, and therefore the smallish intakes anchored to the headlights stretch farther down towards the center now to meet the main grille. Also noted is black tape at the top of each headlamp that could be covering a strip of LED daytime running lights.