Now that Saab is under Spyker ownership, things look like they are going to be changing a bit for the Swedish company. Proof of that will come in the shape of the new generation 9-3 to be unveiled sometime in 2012.
According to the German magazine, Autobild, the Saab 9-3 will not only be offered in a sedan, but hatchback and convertible versions will also come into play. Competition for the new Saab 9-3 is said to be the Mercedes SLK , the Audi A3 Cabrio , the BMW 5 series Gran Turismo , the Subaru Impreza WRX , and the Cadillac CTS Sportwagon . Just to name a few.
The new generation 9-3 will use the same techniques as the new 9-5 and the design will be inspired by the Saab Aero-X concept which is a pretty interesting and innovative concept in its own regard. We have to say, we have been not-so-patiently waiting for this concept to see the light of day in a production car. Under the hood there will be the same engine line-up, but it will feature more improvements in order to offer better consumption and fuel economy reduction.
Saab’s new 9-3 will need to have a helluva lineup in order to regain some of the market it has lost during its tumultuous times. We can only assume this is why Saab has opted to bring back the hatchback. Hatchbacks seems to be pretty trendy nowadays (don’t ask us why; we don’t see the attraction) so choosing to bring back the 5-door might give them a spot in this little niche.