Update 12 / 07 / 13
Drawings have appeared on the website of a Swedish design bureau that could be a new Saab 9-3 or a facelift. The photo of the drawings hanging there on an office door is said to have been made in April this year. Yovinn, the name of the company, also employs former Saab employees.
Is it a targeted indiscretion, or is it just the finger exercise of a designer? Both are possible. Car companies like to put drawings and photos into the net, by chance, so that they can be found. Mostly with a friendly mail to well-known journalists. At the same time, Saab has always been a playground for Swedish designers in the past. The brand has a magical appeal.
The pictures show something like a big facelift on the well-known Saab 9-3. While the middle section has a familiar lines and appears unchanged, the front and rear sections have been revised. The sedan appears more dynamic than before, and especially the rear has won. Two design shows a coupe picking up a familiar Saab theme with blue taillights. It would be nice if these designs were included in the series. At least with the two-door is certainly the desire father of the thought. It is unrealistic for NEVS-SAAB to make such extensive changes for a short product runtime.
So dream or reality? Assuming that the designs may come from April 2013, then speaks alone the schedule against a draft for a major facelift. And for a completely new vehicle, there are too many familiar design elements.
Addendum: In the meantime, Markus Hallberg, CEO of Yovinn, has told TTELA that one does not work for NEVS. The sketches were created by two former Saab designers and only served "for your own inspiration". One would never publish customer projects in this way, says Hallberg. Too bad. From the dream.