Yesterday the first photos of the new NEVS 9-3 EV went around the world. Car News China showed photos; the response was considerable. The Saab world is interested in what happens in Trollhättan. Unfortunately, the first photos shown were a fake.
The vehicle shown was created in summer 2016 at the time NEVS said goodbye to the Saab brand name. Relevant parts with the Saab lettering were removed and the modified 9-3 was used for some press photos. Its design is definitely not the template for an electric vehicle that NEVS will produce from 2018. Car News China, otherwise always very well informed, is wrong.
New desing language at NEVS?
But what will NEVS show from June 7th at the CES in Shanghai? Rumors over the past few weeks have said that there will be significant changes to the design of the Saab 9-3-based electric cars. Chinese media, which are certainly closer to the topic than we are, also write about it.
Let's take a quick look back. The 9-3 II came 2002 on the market, 2008 gave it the first, large model maintenance. 2011 followed the next revision with a modified design and new technology. 6 years have passed since then. A timeframe that stands for a complete model and design generation in car life. NEVS would do well, after you have changed very much under the plate almost everything, even with a new body to score.
An SUV on Saab 9-3 base?
Since yesterday it is more likely than ever that this could happen. NEVS CEO Bergman was the speaker at the 2nd China - Sweden Conference in Stockholm. A photo was taken during his appearance that has been in the media ever since. It shows two vehicles. One of them, the sedan, has the typical Saab 9-3 genes and the famous hockey stick on the C-pillar. The front, which no longer has the appearance of the Saab Griffin models, has been changed.
The SUV standing next to the sedan is even more interesting. In terms of dimensions, it could be based on the 9-3 and come onto the market as the 9-3 X (?). Without an SUV, no manufacturer in China has the slightest chance; the second variant would therefore be a logical step. The 9-3 X project already existed in Saab's time. A nearly finished SUV in the 9-3 segment was stopped by GM at the last minute, it never hit the market.
A new design, another model variant. What CEO Bergman showed in Stockholm yesterday is close to the rumors that have been around for weeks. The picture from Stockholm is out of focus, details can only be guessed at. The coming weeks will be exciting. NEVS is a largely unknown brand that has to present itself. The exciting question for us will be whether the design language of the upcoming electric cars will convey Scandinavian DNA.