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Koenigsegg CCX meets Saab Aero X concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Saab is trying desperately to remake itself as a premium player in a market rife with competitors offering sharp styling and competent handling. The Swedish automaker has been in a marketing and design rut, which it intends to rectify by offering a new compact model that takes aim at the MINI and other small-sized competitors like the Volvo C30.

We brought you spy shots of the updated Saab 9-3 SportCombi wagon a couple of weeks ago, but a similarly updated Saab 9-3 Convertible has just been caught in the same area and this one's not covered in snow. The new grille inspired by the Aero X is present and we can see clearly now how the new curved hood meets up with it. The front and rear bumpers are both new, and the door handles for the new 9-3 will reportedly come straight off the Euro-market Cadillac BLS (they're not using them, so why n

Imagine filling up your tank, complaining that gas prices have gone up yet again and cursing your choice to get the turbo engine with a penchant for premium petrol, when all of a sudden, the Saab Aero X pulls up alongside your ride. The top swooshes up and the doors rise slowly like a fighter jet opening up to allow its heroic pilot passage from the vehicle, and you feel the drool start to trickle to the corner of your mouth... or at least that's how we, as mere mortals, would fee