Saab has officially returned to the world of carmaking, with the first vehicles destined for dealer showrooms in two years rolling off the production line this week.
Styling is virtually identical to that of the face-lifted 9-3 which Saab was building in 2011 before filing for bankruptcy.
Engine and performance details are thin at present, but Saab has revealed the 2014 9-3 will be powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine making 162kW.
Buyers can choose between a manual or automatic transmission with an unknown number of gear ratios, priced in Sweden at AU$47,295 and AU$48,990 respectively.
The ‘griffin logo’ has been changed to a much simpler design as previewed in earlier test vehicles, with a circular badge simply reading ‘Saab’ in white on a black background.
“It is truly a complex mission to start a car production process which has been still for two and a half years,” NEVS President, Mattias Bergman, said.
“It is very pleasing that we have embarked on a journey where we want to, and will, make a difference with our partners and customers.”
Saab confirmed its new all-electric 9-3 will launch in the Australian autumn of 2014 and initially target the Chinese market, with Chinese company Qingdao (a part owner of NEVS) placing an order for 200 of the EVs.
The born-again Swedish carmaker isn’t getting ahead of itself for now, with production of the petrol-powered 9-3 pegged at just 10 units per week.
The 2014 Saab 9-3 Aero will officially go on sale in Sweden on December 10, with more details and specifications expected to follow the launch.