Saab says its all new Saab 9-3 will be revealed at the Paris motor show in 2012
15 October 2010

Saab’s all new 9-3 will make its debut at the 2012 Paris show, according to company sources.

The new car is crucial to the Swedish maker’s plans to become self-sustaining as an independent manufacturer and should push Saab into profit for the first time in many years.

See Autocar's exclusive rendering of the new Saab 9-3

As well as featuring much more dramatic styling than recent Saabs, the next 9-3 will also have a new electric four-wheel drive system. Developed with engineering specialist American Axle, it will deliver as much as 10 per cent better economy than front-drive versions of the 9-3. Sources say the new 9-3 is just under 4.7m long and slightly wider than today’s 9-3.

Jason Castriota, Saab’s new design director, told Autocar that the styling has been fundamentally finished, with only final details, such as the headlamps, still to decide on.

Read Autocar's scoop on the next Saab 9-3

At least one version of the car will be powered by the UK-built 200bhp, 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine used by the Mini Countryman. Saab and BMW announced the deal the day before this year’s Paris show.

Saab will also announce a supply deal for new diesel engines, but company sources would not be drawn on the likely source, saying only that “both parties are open to explore further opportunities as part of this relationship in the future”.

Read the full story on the BMW/Saab engine tie-up

Engineering sources say the new electric four-wheel drive uses a newly designed multi-link rear suspension and two electric motors, one to drive the wheels and one to control the torque vectoring between the rear wheels.

Relatively inexpensive, the set-up uses a small 1kWh battery to power the rear axle when rear-end traction is needed. Today’s mechanical XWD 4x4 transmission will be replaced by the new electric rear axle on future Saabs.

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The 9-3 will be based on a new architecture developed by Saab, loosely based on today’s 9-3 platform. It’s expected that a hatchback and cabrio version will be launched, but there’s no news yet on whether an estate or saloon variant will get the green light.

Insiders say that they expect to sell an annual 80,000 units when all models of the car are on sale. Saab engineering sources told Autocar that they have just 24 months until the start of 9-3 production at the Trollhättan plant, with cars rolling off the production line at the beginning of October 2012.

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11 October 2010

[quote Autocar]Sources say the new 9-3 is just under 4.7m long [/quote]

[quote Autocar]It’s expected that a hatchback and cabrio version will be launched, but there’s no news yet on whether an estate or saloon variant will get the green light[/quote]

A 4.7m long 3 door hatchback doesn't really make a lot of sense now, does it Autocar?

 

Please insert paragraps where needed.

11 October 2010

From what I understand SAAB will keep the 9-3 in the Compact executive segment, which is where the likes of the A4 reside. I know you can't class the A4 as compact but that's the fault of AUDI making an oversized architecture. SAAB were going to move the new generation to GM's Delta platform so that production would stay on Trollhättan but a lot of water has passed under the bridge since then. Whether SAAB retain the 9-3 signature is also in question. In an interview with Jason Castriota he made it clear that a continuation of Nine-Three was not likely to happen. As to what the new name will be he wouldn't reveal but only smiled when Ninetythree or 900 were mentioned.

If BMW and AUDI make Hatchback executive vehicles then I don't see why SAAB can't bring the hatch back home for this vehicle.

11 October 2010

Making a hatch is the right move as they do need to set the car apart from the established, BMW seem to be more likely to produce a 3 series hatch than Audi do with the A4.

The rear overhang is a little excessive on the pics but otherwise it looks good if a little american

This is a car that should have been launched 5 years ago


11 October 2010

I take the rendering with a large pinch of salt . The big question for me is what sort of income ? or loss more likely , is Saab to survive on , if at all , till 2012 when this car is launched .

I think Saab is actually too far gone ( low sales ) to recover and the market they are aiming for is as about as competitive it gets with top products already in production stacked against them .

They used to be very good at producing a spacious 4 seater convertable maybe niche marketing like that is the key to survival .

No I think the game has moved too far on whilst Saab stagnated under GM and catch up wont be easy if not impossible .

11 October 2010

i really hope this car goes into production looking like this

11 October 2010

[quote VX220EDDIE] i really hope this car goes into production looking like this[/quote]

Well, I really hope is does not. This "small side window frame, letterbox rear window, designed-for-hiding-from-the-world" look will date very badly. Also, it would be totally contrary to Saab's previous (pre GM) virtue of "common sense, no nonsense, good value."

Look up a picture of a SAAB 95. It is a truly timless design that still looks great today. The car in this rendering looks hideous and will look even worse in a few years.

...the band was playing Dixie: double-four time...

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11 October 2010

[quote tuga]A 4.7m long 3 door hatchback doesn't really make a lot of sense now, does it Autocar?[/quote] The Audi A5 is 4.6 metres long. Does that make sense?

11 October 2010

[quote cimardinius]Saab's previous (pre GM) virtue of "common sense, no nonsense, good value."[/quote]

I have always remembered them for being somewhat quirky. Anyway, Hyundai, Kia and Skoda have all but occupied that space since, whereas Ford and Vauxhall have sat there for as long as I can remember. I think if Saab wants to stand any hope of survival, it should stay quirky.

11 October 2010

[quote Chas Hallett.]The Audi A5 is 4.6 metres long. Does that make sense?[/quote]

Is the Audi A5 a 3 door hatchback?

 

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11 October 2010

[quote tuga]

[quote Chas Hallett.]The Audi A5 is 4.6 metres long. Does that make sense?[/quote]

Is the Audi A5 a 3 door hatchback?

[/quote]
Almost... the 3 door has a saloon-style boot but the 5 door is a hatchback, so combining the two would give a 3 door hatch...

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