New NEVS 9-3 EV. First facts.

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.

Under construction?

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.

Stockholm 09.05.17. NEVS presentation.
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.

15 thoughts on "New NEVS 9-3 EV. First facts."

  • First of all, it has to go into production. About the possible distribution in Sweden, the rest of Europe would then no problem as regards the approval, should not yet be decided.

  • Does the SUV also come to Germany?

  • I feel the same way! I stand, however, on the 93er of the first series. An 9-3 Aero Coupe with Viggenbody is the perfect car for me.
    Good time!

  • everything may be ok, but the name? NEVS, I do not know, I want a car that's called that? I do not think so. An SUV on 93er basis, I would, however, already want.

  • NEVS would be totally at odds if they did not bet on Saab Gene. Then they would be an unknown, nameless Chinese manufacturer among many.

  • It's not quite like that - you see yourself as the legitimate successor of a well-known brand and you don't just want to continue the so-called design language. Connections are already there - it would also be nice if interested parties could find as many SAAB genes as possible on the consumer side.

    There is a wealth of criteria outside of drive technology that should be linked to SAAB (design, safety, longevity, uniqueness, etc.). SAAB enthusiasts are currently looking in vain for many of these things at other brands - I would be very happy to see the NEVS Products to find a large number of these SAAB genes.

  • I Wonder about the China Sweden meeting in Stockholm 09.05.17. Din you visit it and saw the NEVS presentation yourself? Because you can't find anything on The webb about it.

  • I will be patient until the auto show opens in China at the beginning of June. Then, hopefully, there will be sharper images from NEVS. Hopefully the SAAB genes will be preserved ... otherwise the vehicle will be arbitrary.
    I still enjoy the sight of my 9 3-2008 ... elegant! And always a reason to talk to each other.

  • Ultimately, it is the product that decides. Does it like, is it interesting, does it fascinate? Then you will see if there will be a link to the great past of the plant in Trollhättan.

  • You do not have to compulsively create a connection where there are none. Ultimately, they use only the same factory floor as Saab used to. But that was about it.

  • The design should not be removed too far from the 9-3 II (2011) - this is the only way to make the connection to SAAB and Scandinavia visible to the general public. In addition, the design of the last 9-3 series is really up to date.

    If the production runs for a few years, you could be more progressive.

  • A sign of life, after all. Before NEVS lies a long, long way. This is exciting and it is to be hoped that you will communicate more openly in the future. I'm looking forward to the design in its final version!

  • Feels a bit like Volvo. With the new design language, Volvo has lost me, and that where I've always found the Volvo design pretty good over the decades. The replacement of good basic forms by Oriental ornamentalism is probably due to the so-called world markets.

    The same applies to the concept SUV. An electric car that is to be moved at an acceptable speed must have the best possible aerodynamics. Not only does it need a suction cw value as close to 0.2 as possible, but also a small front surface, say, must be low. I think that is exactly what the Tesla Model 3 will do, because only with smaller batteries and ergo smaller power consumption is the targeted price to achieve. And the smaller power consumption is only possible through aerodynamics. That's where the global markets hit, because in most markets you can not drive very fast, so aerodynamics play a lesser role, but the ability to pack more batteries in the SUV form is an advantage.

  • Exciting! ..., the main thing is that there are no bump monsters and the technology sets standards!

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