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More Photos of the Jason Castriota-Designed 2013 Saab 9-3 Surface Online

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The Saab 9-3 Phoenix, which we first saw via a few low quality photos a while back, is the near-production-ready example of what was to become Saab's sales booster. Sadly, it never had the chance to see the light of day, and while there still is interest for the Saab brand, nothing seems to be happening.

Now, we have come across more photos of the 2013 9-3, which actually make it look a bit less awkward than it did in the first batch of shots. The car looks quite pleasing, especially from behind, and while it's still just a bit too long for the kind of hatchback shape it's going for, we'd have forgiven it, since the rear looks exactly like the rear of a Saab should.

We would even go as far as to say it is even more handsome than the larger 9-5, a more toned down interpretation of the same styling direction. Still even the 9-5 did a great job of hiding the fact that it was an Opel/Vauxhall Insignia underneath, with a longer wheelbase and very different proportions – this 9-3 just took that same idea a bit further.

By Andrei Nedelea

Story References: Saabworld via Automonthly


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14 Comments:

olivier said... »March 21, 2013

OMG !!! Most beautiful sedan ...

Zack Baumel said... »March 21, 2013

I honestly hate it. It looks like a Russian car.

Bruno Silva said... »March 21, 2013

I don't know how, but I'm starting to like this design. And I thought it was awful at first. But now I actually like it.

Andrew Popoola said... »March 21, 2013

What a shame...that is HOT!

ZeroZero said... »March 21, 2013

It really does look good, very SAAB and if only it was produced, it would have saved them undoubtably, now the alternative for a 'i'm not following the herd' is a Subaru, and judging by thier recent efforts that's kind of a contradiction

Nerramus said... »March 21, 2013

Why Saab you went bankrupt, why...

1365LOUlou said... »March 21, 2013

what a shame... love the design

Kaveh Ghavim said... »March 21, 2013

Nice, the nose reminds me of a Subura Legacy.

AstonMartin said... »March 21, 2013

Growing up in the 80's, Saab was my favorite quirky car to lust after - whether a sedan with a plush "velvet" or leather interior to a preppy convertible - the brand had that certain "it" factor. Jason's design is very nice and who knows what it could have done to bring Saab from the brink. I think given designs like this and other recent renderings of concept Saab's posted to this site paired with viable mechanical underpinnings the company could have survived. It would be interesting to see more of what Spyker had in store - a steampunk/aircraft inspired, technology heavy car would have carved a nice niche for people that think differently. Maybe someday they'll rise again.

koval said... »March 21, 2013

The front side isn't something great, but the rear! It's like from the first look you know, that this is SAAB, so much history written in new way. Just wonderful!

Jake said... »March 21, 2013

Beautiful...

Gil Siegfried said... »March 21, 2013

This I like, although the windshield could have been a little more upright and wrap around, then it would have definately been a SAAB!

nonce said... »March 21, 2013

daym!! sexy ass!!

The Man said... »March 22, 2013

If they ever revive Saab, they should keep it simple, one Sport Sedan, One SUV, and build that incredible looking Saab Aero X Sports Car. It is based on the Corvette, so they can sell them at a competitive price. Then if they do well, ad a super mini.....

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