Saab 9-3 SportCombi Returning, Phoenix Still To Come: Report Photo:
Mike Stevens | Apr, 28 2014 | 8 Comments

Saab’s 9-3 SportCombi wagon is on the comeback trail, according to reports out of the US this week.

Late last year, the embattled Swedish carmaker finally returned to the spotlight with the reborn 9-3 sedan, under new owners National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS).

Speaking this week with enthusiast site Autoblog, NEVS communications boss Mikael Ostlund said that the stylish wagon would rejoin the range, although timing is still to be confirmed.

A long-expected electric version of the 9-3 is also on the way, with a small 200-car pilot program already under way in the Chinese city of Qingdao.

For now, the 9-3 is available in Sweden with a 162kW 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine, mated to manual and automatic transmissions.

A global launch of the revitalised Saab brand is under consideration, but with just 10 cars per month rolling out of the Trollhattan plant, wider distribution is still some time away.

"As we have a global perspective we want to add markets when we can see a profitable business case," Ostlund told Autoblog.

The company says that development of the ill-fated Phoenix platform is still ongoing, following the unveiling of a teaser concept back in 2011.

Official images of a next-generation 9-3 have since surfaced online, although it is unclear if NEVS and Saab will continue with this design or pursue a new style.

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