Saab Returns Through NEVS’ New Electric 9-3 Concept

NEVS dropped the first images of the reborn 9-3 Series, which is now powered by an all-electric powertrain.

National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS) announced the launching of a new car-sharing and ride hailing program in collaboration with Tianjin Binhai Hi-tech Industrial Development Area.

The program will run in Chinese metropolis Tianjin, a city with a population of 15 million, with users to get access to the company’s new 9-3 EV series. NEVS will provide both the vehicles and the mobility services.

As for the cars, NEVS is planning to launch two models, a classic four-door saloon and the 9-3X EV which is a jacked-up wagon version of the latter.

NEVS hasn’t revealed any powertrain details yet, apart from claiming a 186-mile driving range from a full charge (300km). The company says that the new models will offer a high-tech experience, featuring things like WiFi-hotspot, over-the-air software updates, and battery management via smartphone.

The new NEVS 9-3 models will also come with the so-called “Always Clean Air Cabin” filter which is said to be 99 percent efficient and takes less than a minute to reduce hazardous particle levels.

“We are excited by this great opportunity to develop smart, sustainable mobility solutions together with a progressive city as Tianjin, and develop them in full scale with real people in real life situations, with the vision to create a future integrated urban mobility solution”, says Mattias Bergman, President at NEVS.

The company says that there are already more than 150,000 new 9-3 EVs ordered from different Chinese companies, with the cars set for a 2018 launch locally.

NEVS will display for the first time a concept of the new 9-3 EV range at the CES Asia in Shanghai on June 7th.

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  • I’mCallingYouOut

    I am Saabs biggest fan, but this just makes me uncomfortable (also, eff you GM).

    • Dennis Scipio

      Your profile pic says a lot when you said that statement.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Burlapp is calling it the “SAAB Zombie.”

  • Marty

    The 9-3 looked like a five years old Opel or Nissan even when it was new. That’s 15 years ago. Slapping a new face, and a rear that can only be described as “even older” (Renault Mégane 1995), is not going to help on any western market. So this is an old European car for the Chinese market. It’s not the return of Saab.

    • Can’t agree with you, the 9-3 NG, after facelift has a timeless design. It’s simple, efficient. Works well, to non car people still looks like a new car. The interior ages very well compared to most cars of the same period. The LEDS in the heads lights were already one straight line not dots. The wagon here called SUV always looked modern. And it is still a very secure car. I have to agree that when it came out, before the facelift that really gave it a Saab design, it was just a generic design with a Saab badge.

      • Marty

        You can’t agree, but you do agree.
        Just like me. 🙂

        When the NG 9-3 came it looked more like a 1996 Vectra than even a 2002 Vectra did! From the brand that gave us Saab 900!

        I agree that the facelift gave the front the Saab identity that was missing from the start. But that was six years later, so you actually need to compare that to what usually happens at that time: a completely new model! And the rest of the car still looked generic (or “tacky aftermarket” in the case of the new clear taillights).

        I also agree that The SportCombi had much more Saabishness, it’s a good design. But again: that was three years later. And the front was still meh until the facelift, again three years later. Too late.

        And “timeless” in the case of Saab is not a design that is devoid of identity, unidentifiable if you remove the badge in the front. Look at the old 900. That’s what a timeless Saab looks like. You can cover the whole front with your hand and still have no doubt about which car it is. It’s a classic!

        Note that I’m talking about exterior design here. When it comes to the interior, Saab was always ahead of the game (the general design of the 9000 dashboard would still work today). That’s one of the reasons the bland exterior of the 9-3 was such a disappointment in my eyes. The car that was supposed to save Saab was the car that showed me that Saab was beyond saving.

        Here’s a crappy photoshop of what happened to Saab exterior design. 🙂
        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1060b26dc23e5088466009abf1f4e85e95414fa2abac1fdb90cfd1591a86defd.png

    • Tinky-Winky

      You’re mixing something up. SAABs have always looked better than any Opel or Nissan.

  • Jasta

    They allegedly have new (i.e. prepared in late 00.’s) platform, Phoenix, but it seems that are unable to make any use of it. It also seems that old ICE platform is not the best solution for EV, with completely different weight distribution. Not even a good one.

  • DMJ

    Just let Saab die!! And lets not forget the terrible work that GM did with Saab. Such a fantastic brand with heritage and personality, left without any investment for years.

  • Silimarina

    I don’t know why but it looks chineseish, as if SAAB was bought by a Chinese company

    • Matt

      Yeah I wonder why that would be?

  • Vassilis

    Cool.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    SAAB IS DEAD. LET SAAB DIE WITH DIGNITY!

    And fuck you, GM.