Stillborn 2013 Saab 9-3 shows it face

2013 Saab 9-3
2013 Saab 9-3 / SaabsUnited.com

Would it have been good enough to save the brand?

Earlier this month, several renderings of the 2013 Saab 9-3 leaked to the web. The pictures were small and heavily pixelated but thankfully Saabs United has been able to get their hands on 'real life' photos of the car.

Snapped during a presentation with Pang Da & Youngman executives, the Aero variant has a restrained design with a bulging hood, a slender grille and small headlights. The uncluttered profile looks slightly generic but appears to have a sloping roofline, an upward sweeping shoulder line and some noticeable bulges around the wheel wells.

Power was slated to be provided by a BMW-sourced 1.6-liter turbo engine that developed approximately 200-220 HP (147-162 kW). There was also going to be a BMW-sourced 2.0-liter petrol and diesel engine but their ratings remain a mystery.

While the 9-3 was set to be offered as a five-door hatchback and convertible, Saab was reportedly considering a 91 Sonett as well as a 2+2 sports car inspired by the PhoeniX concept. Unfortunately fate intervened as Saab filed for bankruptcy in late 2011.

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Published Feb 21st, 2013 9:20pm By Michael Gauthier
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benz_man benz_man
Front looks unfinished, but the rear looks lovely. If the front was cleaned up, and it drove worth $1, it may have been great.
Feb 23rd, 2013 3:39am
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alihijazi alihijazi
photos don't always reflect reality, maybe in reality it looks far better
Feb 22nd, 2013 5:01pm
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tazcubed tazcubed
The bump on the hood makes it look like it took a hit to it's head - probably from running itself into a wall a few times.
Feb 22nd, 2013 3:44pm
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alihijazi alihijazi
it looks Korean
Feb 22nd, 2013 1:51pm
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Only a car as successful as lets say the Mini could have saved Saab and this aint one. Saab was destined to suffocate from its small size and limited aging models compared to its competition.
Feb 22nd, 2013 7:16am
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Cale24 Cale24
Dark headlights, chromed side intake surrounds on the front bumper (very Jaguaresque!) as well as badge and associated grille strip plus some decent wheels and it would be an acceptable proposition. As such, as it stands, seems like a pre-production version.
Feb 22nd, 2013 2:08am
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Beybaba Beybaba
No single clue from the phoenix in the front.
Feb 21st, 2013 10:14pm
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Ratt Ratt
I would buy it, its one of those few cars that are different from all the others on the streets, today all cars are the same but people dont understand that just look at the Golf 7, thats why this would never work.
Feb 21st, 2013 10:12pm
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SimonThompson SimonThompson
Feb 21st, 2013 9:42pm
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N20_Purge N20_Purge
Doesn't look special. As previously stated, I don't think this alone would have saved the brand.
Feb 21st, 2013 9:30pm
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peterjames7 peterjames7
I know ill get some stick about this but this is awful n never would have saved the company
Feb 21st, 2013 9:21pm
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hunker7 hunker7
Have to agree. It is terrible.
Feb 21st, 2013 9:36pm
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sensei sensei
You use the word awful in a most unusual way for this bland pedestrian soccer mom going to the mall grocery getter.
Feb 26th, 2013 2:26pm
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