Published on April 29th, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Saab 9-3 SportCombi Production To Start
The Saab 9-3 SportCombi is making a return, to be reintroduced alongside the electric 9-3 sedan that saw production begin earlier this month. Mikael Ostlund, communications director of NEVS, Saab’s current owner said that plans to revive the SportCombi are under way and that it has the option of adding a convertible to the line-up is also on the table, but that a decision on the latter has not yet been made.
Also rising, phoenix-like, is the Phoenix architecture that Saab was developing just prior to its 2011 bankruptcy. Funded by its short stint under GM ownership, the platform was set to succeed the GM Epsilon platform underpinning the 9-3 and is, according to Ostlund, flexible enough to spawn several different body styles, including a crossover. The Saab PhoeniX show car displayed at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show referenced the new platform, but Olstlund could not confirm any plans for the new architecture at this time.
No specifications or pricing have been announced at this time. Although the sedan can achieve a range 30 miles beyond that of a Nissan Leaf, the wagon will presumably have that distance shortened due to weight and aerodynamic restrictions. For the moment, the reborn Saab cars are slated for two markets only: its native Sweden and China (NEVS is a Chinese consortium). The initial run of 200 electric 9-3 sedans will undergo testing in Qingdao before a large scale roll-out in spring or summer of this year.