Saab 9-3 Turbo Edition concept from NEVS

For visitors to the festival in Trollhättan, there was a surprise to discover at the Saab Museum. A Saab, previously known only to a few initiates, was unveiled on Friday. He's a gift from NEVS, and he's a piece of Saab history.

Presentation at the Saab Museum. Saab 9-3 Turbo Edition.

To reduce it to the status of a study would probably not be enough. The Saab 9-3 Turbo Edition also carries the genes of the 2015 model year and shows how Saab Design at NEVS would have and has further developed.

Saab 9-3 model year 2015

In the first months of 2015 we heard the rumor from some German Saab suppliers that NEVS would restart production of the Saab 9-3 sports suit after the summer break. Today it is no longer possible to determine whether there were more than just inquiries about the availability of the parts. It was also clear at the time that the 2014 Aero models would not have allowed a new start on a larger scale. NEVS, as a new manufacturer, should have brought both the 9-3 sedan and the station wagon through the homologation again, which would have made changes to the body design necessary.

The modified, higher bonnet, it serves the pedestrian protection, is an indication of the series plans. Although it destroys the perfect, elegant momentum, with all 9-3 generations, the hood went into the A-pillar. It lies like a kind of foreign body on the body, but would have made the NEVS Saab 9-3 admissible.

On the front of the Saab 9-3 Turbo Edition we can see what the 2015 model year could have been like. The Saab logo, embedded in the wing design, continuously developed from the 2002 9-3 to the 9-3 Griffin, would have come in a completely new form. A pinch of 9-5 NG, a bit of Castriota design. The 9-3 would have been immediately recognizable as a Saab. Other elements are not quite as stylish. The silver strip at the rear is too thick, and the generously distributed color accents in the interior are one serving too many. The design of the seats cannot be measured against old Saab qualities.

Saab 9-3 Turbo Edition. Shrill and loud.

The Turbo Edition is always a bit too shrill and a bit too loud, but that would have been right. Because the Saab 99 Turbo 40 years ago was that too. Too much make-up, too much spoiler, asking for too much attention for something. And since that was exactly what was wanted, then and now, the concept is okay. Because the centrally arranged boost pressure indicator alone has cult character, and we would certainly have loved it.

The performance would have been adequate. The well-known 2.0 liter turbocharged direct injection engine, which was already used in the 9-5 NG and 9-3 Griffin, would have fueled the Saab with 260 PS. The sound of the turbo, of which the visitors were able to convince last Friday, would also have fit.

1.000 piece of the Saab 9-3 Turbo Edition would have wanted to build NEVS, at a symbolic price of 407.000 Sweden crowns. Where the 40 after current interpretation for 40 years turbo, the 70 would have stood for the now celebrated birthday of Saab.

NEVS would have been well on its way. Limited editions playing with emotions and the big turbo heritage would have delighted the dying kind of people for whom a car is also emotion. Porsche shows how it works. In Trollhättan they could have copied it. Some would have plundered his account or dissolved his share deposit. Whether NEVS electric cars will trigger an excess of emotions in the future?

It's over, and it's a shame the big Saab brand is no more. What the future will bring, we could see on the CES Asia see. And also how the products from Trollhättan have developed. Unfortunately, NEVS design is not of one piece. The high standards that once made Saab, apparently no longer apply.

The Turbo Edition was an intermediate step, and you do not even have to look very closely to recognize elements of the concept from the spring 2014 in the 2017er studies. How many times since then the design has been watered down, presumably by different parties, is hard to pin down. It was not an advantage, anyway.

Even so, maybe just for that reason, it's a great move that NEVS has handed over the Saab 9-3 Turbo Edition to the museum. He may be the last sign of life of the brand, the attempt to come back with a new model year on the market.

But maybe it's also that Saab will never resign. The Trollhättan estimates speak from 15.000 to 20.000 visitors during the festival last weekend. That would be a new record. And an enormously strong sign of life.

27 thoughts on "Saab 9-3 Turbo Edition concept from NEVS"

  • The issue of pedestrian protection is so gorgeous that it can easily keep up with the "cucumber curvature" or the banana size ... Then the unhappy pedestrian must still be lucky and with the right height (a caution: women and children are disadvantaged) at the right angle Landing on the right car and not running in front of a truck. For a non-measurable effect, aerodynamics and fuel consumption are worsened - probably a madhouse there in Brussels ... Nevertheless, I think the nose of the SAAB is good - I would probably have bought the station wagon. Would have, would have, bicycle chain ...

  • However, color is equal to 100% because you still have something left over from that time. With great concern, Man has used these last drops of paint to paint the hood. So that was prezentiert when passing to the museum.

  • Hi Tom,

    are there any more photos of the 99?

    I find it amazing how the uniform color of the two underlines the relationship.
    For example, the headlight frame of the 99 is similar to the headlight of the 9-3.

    Intention? A quote? Suddenly such similarities catch the eye.

    Could be exciting to subject the two of them to a closer comparison / juxtapose pictures ...

    Maybe it's too saabisch-nerdig?

  • Hmm - I'm pretty sure that these “weaknesses” in the design make this Saab interesting and desirable in the long run. This slightly attached bonnet and the slightly too much chrome would always have the question of whether it fits? raised - and the whole thing always kept fresh. The last 9-3 is, in my opinion, a bit too pleasing overall but then it becomes boring in the long run. Precisely because in the long run, Saab owners always refer to an unusually long period of life for car buyers.
    Wouldn't an upgrade kit from NEVS or Orio or the Saab Museum be awesome? Maybe at least an analog clock with a turbo design? Why does the bicycle chain keep coming back to my mind ...
    Regardless: NEVS is very brave to let something that are damaging to the public, at least for its own business model. GM would certainly have shredded it and issued a lifelong ban on speaking and writing to all witnesses.

  • Cool part, I would have taken. Price fit, still deer, finished.
    If you look back at the pictures and see how much was going on at the party, I wonder why none of the manufacturers took in Saab. Potential underestimated or insufficient?

  • Yes, other league. Probably no matter whether with or without deer ...

    But they already have 2014 PS (instead of 275) and 220 Nm (instead of 420) for MY350 and promise 5,9 from zero to 100. Could be enough!

    And since the big headline to SAAB would have been, HATTY, BICYCLE CHAIN ​​would be: Who knows what Hirsch would have made of this SAAB that already comes with 260 PS?

    315 PS and 450 Nm? In 5,0 to 100? Could have, could have been enough ...

  • Join me, a bit of makeup and folklore, but that would still be better than what we currently have - namely nothing.

  • With the future model it was made clear:
    NEVS wants to offer mobility solutions without ownership. This is, I think, the big sticking point.
    There is no room for individual models with “nice” engines.
    It's a tough cut (for “old” owners).
    The future will tell if NEVS can make money with its model.
    You can be curious / stay.

  • NEVS is a completely crazy shop. There they have something that awakens desires. And then they drive the thing directly into the museum. Can you understand that?

  • With identical motorization, an 9-5 NG 265 machine is running. The lighter and more compact 9-3 should be similar on the way. That's really enough.

  • And it should continue with this enthusiasm in Trollhättan - then there may be something new vehicles for former SAAB enthusiasts. At least cool bodies (if possible with hatchbacks) and the continuation of a successful Scandinavian design are part of it - then it works with the worldwide customers, who attach great importance to such things and almost abhor any uniformity.

    I believe that, contrary to all fears, NEVS is doing well and I am excited about future new developments. But please do not only offer vehicles as part of so-called mobility solutions - such a single-track development would not be in the interests of a large part of the customer base and thus a serious limitation of the actually available options.

  • Only this car does not play in a league with AMG or M models. He lacks 150-200PS. But the 260PS should also be enough.

  • Fine train from NEVS! Really a cool car. I would like to have seen that on the streets. Yes-he wears a lot on. But that does not make M models, S-Line and AMG otherwise in this league.

  • INCREDIBLE what there is still to be discovered posthumously ...

    And of all NEVS that you (I) do not quite understand as part of the SAAB story or even-present, add something to the SAAB story. Maybe you (have I) underestimated the NEVS awareness for SAAB?

    Maybe not? Shit, the retro-lettering and the impossible color are evidence of a certain historical awareness and the box is so impossible that it is cool again. And hey, it would not have been the first latently cranky SAAB, right?

    The rims? Well, you can change!

    As a limousine? Kombi I would find practical and beautiful, but the top presenter would have been to present the SAAB Fastback for the anniversary in a new form. Trollhätte, would have had bicycle chain. Anyway, what you see in the photos is x times cooler than nothing!

    This is also a great gift and a worthy exhibit in the SAAB Museum, you have to leave NEVS.

  • That's exactly how it is: you have to have seen it yourself.
    I found it a pretty nice idea for this date of the 99 and its colors.

    I can not use a limousine, but as a sports bike he would have been nice

  • Completely stupid that no investor wants to revive SAAB ...

  • Those who have experienced this presentation in the museum have certainly been astonished again because this vehicle would be built without a budget and in a very short time.
    This has again shown what motivation, creativity and pure Enthousiasmen there are at this former Saab employees. And a very great gift which not only Peter can be very happy with. Everyone has to go and discover this Saab 9-3 Turbo. Only then can one formulate one's own thoughts.

  • The rims are pretty, ORIO take over !?
    The rest, sorry, is nothing more than “hardware store tuning”.

  • Thank you for this report from the former heart of SAAB.
    From the front, the elegance of the 9-3 fell by the wayside ... what a shame. The rear pleases. The play of colors in the interior is provocative, it would never (!) Have been a red SAAB. But other colors would have been an option. The motorization seems to me also in today's time, if the consumption would be on average at 5 liters / 100 km. (my 9-3 Ex-Aero Bj. 2000 was 8 liters on average !!! 🙂)
    Great that so many SAABians were there! This shows a keen interest in the brand with heart and soul!
    Without a blog no information from Trollcity!
    So: SAAB is interested in further!

  • Thank you for this report. I became aware of one thing at the festival. There will never be new cars with Saab Spirit. At least not for mere mortals, because there were rumors that Saab would like to build a military vehicle. And what Nevs wants to produce is not intended for sale. It is not surprising that NEVS does not strive for this at all, you would fail just like Qoros. The Chinese want to drive a European premium brand. Therefore it is only understandable that Nevs addresses companies and not private users. And if you as a car sharing company want to please a broad audience, that is certainly not particularly beneficial for an independent design.

    One of the highlights of this year's festival was Peter Backstrom's talk about where Trollhättan currently stands and which models Saab Technik has in the world. The most disappointing was the NEVS lecture. Actually only an autonomous car sharing Blabla and that in a country like Sweden. A car driving relaxed country where due to the distances car sharing is unthinkable. I was surprised that the Swedes stayed so calm. No questions were asked, if I remember correctly there was no applause, rightly so. Time will tell if a company today can afford not to sell to private individuals.

    On the way back I stopped at the Volvo Museum. I tried, but a spark did not jump over.

    Finally, after Tom, you can say “Saab is what is in our garages”.

  • Wow! What a car! …wants…!!! 🙂

  • So I have to say the turbo edition does not look so bad.

    And finally, I know what happened with the dashboard cover and the leather handles we delivered to Nevs.

    Best regards

  • Actually, I only see the Xte-facelift of a 14 year old car in which a compulsive attempt was made to make a mark on the brand's history. It just affects me. Good, that's all over now.

  • Apart from the weaknesses in the design, it is the drive that counts. The 2 liter turbo is already good in the 9-5, in the lighter 9-3 it would have been great fun. I would probably have become weak, too

  • The things NEVS did not do are more exciting than the things the NEVS does. You can build self-propelled huts, that's okay. If it has to be. Whether you will succeed with it is unclear.
    Obvious would be the Turbo Edition, because that would have been really for sale. But the reality does not interest.

  • Dear Tom, I've been waiting for your report on the presentation of the Saab 9-3 Turbo Edition at the festival in Trollhättan. Thank you for this and also for your detailed explanations. I personally find the Turbo Edition to be quite successful regardless of a quality rating, in particular the Saab hydrofoil design and after the first inspection I immediately wanted to get in, test and probably order. I would have liked the boost pressure indicator too, and the spoilers wouldn't be a problem for me either. In summary: The report aroused great desires and disappointment at the same time. What a shame!!!!!

  • That would have been awesome if they had built that. Even as NEVS 9-3 Turbo would have arrived safely.

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