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Malcolm Flynn | Feb, 04 2013 | 4 Comments

New low-resolution images have surfaced this week of what looks to be Saab’s planned 9-3 replacement, which, thanks to the Swedish company's 2011 bankruptcy, never reached production.

German mag Auto Motor und Sport reportedly sourced the images from a Saab insider, which appear to be 3D renderings of a production-ready model, suggesting how close the company came to launching the new midsizer.

Featuring production-ready styling, the images include renderings of both five-door hatchback and convertible bodystyles.

The images of the hatchback include side and rear three quarter views, revealing details that link the model with the final 9-5 sedan, including its window line, sloping rear end, full width taillights and wheel design.

A more conventional profile is evident for the convertible, though front and rear styling appears to match the hatchback.

The taillights of the two bodystyles clearly reference the classic first generation 900 (1978-94), and combined with the hatch’s sloping rear it would have made a clear tribute to Saab’s most successful model.

If these images are the real deal, the 9-3’s styling is likely the result of American Jason Castriota’s Saab design stewardship, which spanned the Spyker era (2010-11) of Saab ownership.

The new 9-3 was set to use the Swedish company’s unique Phoenix platform, which is still yet to reach production in any guise.

New Saab owners National Electric Vehicles Sweden (NEVS) plans to reintroduce Saab models built off the earlier (2006-2011) GM-based 9-3 model initially, but intend to follow with a Phoenix-based model at a later date.

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