NEVS 9-3 EV 2018 (Video)

At the end of the year, production of the NEVS 9-3 EV will start in Tianjin. Finally - after the appointment has been postponed again and again! On Youtube, in response to the first electric car from NEVS, Chinese bloggers released a video showing the concept cars at CES 2017. A closer look should be worthwhile, because we can take a look inside.

NEVS 9-3 Sedan Concept CES ASIA 2017
NEVS 9-3 Sedan Concept CES ASIA 2017. Photo Credit: NEVS

As a reminder: 60% of the NEVS 9-3 EV should have been newly developed. The rest is based on the Saab 9-3, which came on the market before 16 years ago. Clear to recognize as Saab is the body. The hockey stick on the C-pillar makes identification easy. Under NEVS direction, the Saab heritage has been revised several times internally. A design ended up in the museum, we'll probably never see any other suggestions.

The current form comes from an Asian team working primarily for KIA and Hyundai. It was designed in a short time, Swedish designers did not come to the fore. And you can see that. Especially in the interior, of which there is no download in the NEVS database. Maybe you want to keep the interior of the concept car away from the public. There are plenty of reasons for this.

The interior is a blend of leather and Alcantara. An unfortunate mix, barbarously baroque and by no means discreet. Too much of everything. In Swedish, there is the fine word Lagom. A direct one Übersetzung does not exist, but a Saab was always Lagom. Balanced, the right measure, with a dose of style. Never provocative or embarrassing. The 9-3 EV Concept is not Lagom, and the company will eventually have to make a decision what it stands for. Would it like to be a Swedish manufacturer, because the headquarters are still in the Stallbacka, or does it want to be another Chinese electric car brand without any history and no face?

Old dashboard, huge display

Regardless, the mix of leather and Alcantara will not go into production. We can assume cheaper materials, because the price of the EV should be aggressive. Realistic and also much more exciting is the large display on the center console. The existing space and the basically barely modified dashboard were used optimally. The trend to accommodate the largest displays in the car has its origins in China. Without mega-displays and full virtual cockpits, no manufacturer has any chances with the Chinese audience.

Huge display: NEVS 9-3 Concept interior.
Huge display: NEVS 9-3 Concept interior. Source: Youtube

Attentive observers will also find that even the air outlets for air conditioning and ventilation no longer have the typical appearance. They have accompanied us since the old Saab 900 days with evolutionary design over 9000 and 9-3 to 9-5 NG. Simply brilliant, easy to use and just impossible to improve. Patented by Saab, now replaced with a trivial design that could have been found in any other car in the world.

If the NEVS electric car goes into production in November or December after a long delay, it will be an 2019 model year. How many vehicles to build 2018 is unclear. The beginning will be the 9-3 sedan. Whether it even gets that far, is still not sure. The difficulties of the company are still unclear, everything remains in the balance.

13 thoughts too "NEVS 9-3 EV 2018 (Video)"

  • 5. June 2018 at 2: 25 PM
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    No offense against our old saws, but those who make out 2018 or 19 with a skeleton from the year 2002. I can not take this seriously any more, it's just amusing and entertaining.

  • 5. June 2018 at 2: 42 PM
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    That was also my first thought, NEVS tinkering so long on the old SAAB design, just embarrassing.
    Sorry that we are allowed to advertise with the SAAB Spirit ...

  • 5. June 2018 at 3: 25 PM
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    What's under the bonnet? So far, the bonnet has never been opened the centerpiece has never been shown! Is there any 'first' footage?

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    • 5. June 2018 at 3: 59 PM
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      Not until today. NEVS leaves the hood down. On our last visit we were only allowed to watch 2016, but not take pictures.

  • 5. June 2018 at 5: 19 PM
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    Hello Tom and Team,
    I ask you in earnest: what does this vehicle have to do with SAAB and the Saab Spirit we are so attached to?
    Nevertheless, many thanks for the report, which we all listened to fascinating, if only because of the language ;-)

    • 6. June 2018 at 9: 31 AM
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      Developed in Trollhättan, based on a Saab platform. That should be enough reasons to follow events as a chronicler.

  • 5. June 2018 at 5: 47 PM
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    Nice EVs, I want one, but when?

  • 5. June 2018 at 7: 13 PM
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    Also interesting are the inside camera mirrors

  • 5. June 2018 at 9: 01 PM
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    Somehow it all looks like corpse littering. It remains to be seen if NEVS can even start production and sell. That's nothing for me.

  • 6. June 2018 at 12: 00 AM
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    The title of the video states, "NEVS (SAAB)" ...

    Pretty blatantly! ! !

    But thanks anyway to the blog. So you stay in the picture. In addition, this voluntary exposure of NEVS is very enlightening. So you are still not a private label. Aha ...

    Also visually NEVS is nothing better than copying SAAB and worsen it. The tail is clearly based on the 9-5 NG, without even approaching.

    Old wine in new hoses is awful. But that's a mess of old wine. No, that's no wine!
    This is rice schnapps with water. But the box is probably not intended for the European market.

    So what's up? Should they do what they want ...

  • 6. June 2018 at 4: 43 PM
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    If you look at the dynamics of other chnesian EV manufacturers, then this "infusion" is really not a competitive breakthrough. It is well-known that in the Asian and American consumption area noteposit limousines are very popular. Why one has then necessarily served the platform of the 9-3, does not open to me. You could have taken a Honda Accord or a Kia Oprima. Because fit many synonymous pure batteries.

  • 7. June 2018 at 1: 54 AM
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    The 'NEVS' logo above the dashboard is not Saab, discretion what their word, NOT ram it in your face ....

    At least Tesla actually makes some cars while absorbing tonnes of cash ...... .Doh !!

  • 7. June 2018 at 7: 57 PM
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    Thanks for the video, ... is already exciting to see, even the small changed details such as mirrors as a camera with an internal display. Funny I find the visitor with the back pack on his back on and off .. ;-)

    Old body ??, ... what do you think about the Lincoln and Ford driving as a taxi through NY, on frame, the advantage of an old construction I've experienced a year ago in 9-7x, or Fiat the old Mazda convertible to one Fiat have rebuilt, that's certainly as old as the 9-3. Some things are simply good ... ..

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