NG9-3 Hatchback Confirmed

Autoblog are at the 2011 Saab 9-4X launch event and they’ve been talking to Magnus Hillerborn, Saab’s Vehicle Validation Engineer. They are now reporting that a a five-door hatch is confirmed alongside the convertible.

The changes are so significant that Hillerborn says he imagines GM executives will be “very surprised” when they see the production car, which is tipped to take design cues from the PhoeniX concept car that debuted earlier this month at the Geneva Motor Show. Hillerborn says that the hatchback will likely be five-door only (presumably a SportCombi wagon variant will follow), though we imagine there are some three-door renderings knocking about in Trollhattan. Hillerborn promises a very sleek and unique hatchback, one that should appeal to traditional sedan buyers as well (read: not bulbous and overtly hatch-like, but more streamlined).

There’s no word on a 3 door hatch or a sedan at the moment, feel free to head over to Autoblog for a read:
http://www.autoblog.com/2011/03/23/2012-saab-9-3-hatchback-confirmed-but-is-a-sedan/

With all this speculation, we’re curious as to what everyone here would be interested in purchasing. Sound off in the poll below.

What 9-3 variant would you like to buy most?
5-door hatchback
3-door hatchback
5-door 9-3x
3-door 9-3x
4-door Sedan
2-door Coupe
Sportcombi
Convertible

 

RikardH
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5 years 5 months ago

the hatch is coming back! 🙂

charlie
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charlie
5 years 5 months ago

No sedan! Let the 9-5 remain the sedan model!

Carl-Henrik
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Carl-Henrik
5 years 5 months ago

I do agree. Let the 9-5 be the big brother, while the 9-3 will be the more indivudal little sister that does loops around the competitors.. 😉

OddJob
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OddJob
5 years 5 months ago
I believe I’ve heard from some previous .leaks’ around the Geneva show that three body styles of the ng 9-3 has been signed off. One was a convertible, one was a hatch/ CombiCoupe and the third unknown. I guessed that the hatch/CombiCoupe was a three-door and that the unknown was a SportCombi type.But this story tells that the hatch is a five-door and to me it then doesn’t make much . sense to make a SportCombi. Wonder what they’re planning? Though I’m not a big fan of Sedans, I know these are the most preferred on many market so it… Read more »
Bravada
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5 years 5 months ago

Fiat builds new cars in 18 months now, and most automakers target this lead time. The news is not the the lead time, but the limited resources and adversity Saab had to face, and the amount of all-new technology that goes into the car.

Pedro
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Pedro
5 years 5 months ago

@ Bravada – Agreed 110%!

On the subject of no sedan, I hope they offer one. The segment likes sedans and 5 door hatches. The Insignia, for example is not sold as a hatch in Portugal whle in Spain the hatch is quite popular. I hope SAAB makes the NG 9-3 in sedan, wagon and 5-door hatch variants. However (and sadly), I don’t think a 3-door hatch would sell that well.

Aussie Paddan
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Aussie Paddan
5 years 5 months ago

Surely there has to be a 3 door hatch, if you spend the money to develop tooling for a convertible, then you amortise these costs by reusing te doors etc on a 3 door hardtop. It is the thing I could never work out withthe current 9-3. GM cut their nose off to spite their face in not being cost effective. OK if they didn’t approve of a 5 door hatch because it wasn’t prestige enough, but to spend the dough on long doors etc for a convert and not make a 3 door was madness.

paredg
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paredg
5 years 5 months ago
The best car I ever had was my 3 door 900 se hatch…it was highly utilitarian yet retained a sporting character due to 3 door set up … I was so excited to trade in my aero ss for the new hatch, but 5 door is a non-starter…Ill stick with what I have if that turns out to be true. There are a ton of car makers picking up where Saab left of with new 3 door offerings, so hopefully this new re-emergent popularity will get through to someone in Trollhattan. If I wanted five doors Id go ahead and… Read more »
Markac
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Markac
5 years 5 months ago
I still hope the 9-3 3 door hatch happens too. It’s what I’m hanging out to replace my 99 3 door hatch (Monte Carlo) with. I personally think Saab would be better served to build the 5 door hatch as a “twin door” car that would satisfy both sedan and five door hatch buyers with one body style. Supposedly Saab devised the “twin door” concept but then abandoned it (probably a bit too ‘Saaby’ for conservative GM at the time?). Anyway, rather than merely build a 3 door hatch variant, the 3 door should version should be slightly more a… Read more »
Markac
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Markac
5 years 5 months ago

P.S. Saab if you you can make the new 3 door coupe available in yellow like my 1999 9-3 Monte Carlo, I’ll be really happy!

MarkS
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MarkS
5 years 5 months ago

Amen to that! I’m hanging on to my 9-3 three door, waiting for a worthy replacement!

ThEgg
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ThEgg
5 years 5 months ago

I’m so excited to buy a NG9-3 (or whatever it’ll be named).

And now for leaks of early drawings, photoshops, anything, I need my fix!! Gogogogo!

Markac
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Markac
5 years 5 months ago

I voted for the 3 door hatch, but a 3 door 9-3X would be interesting. Maybe the 9-3X crossover coupe idea could still live?

Jeff
Member
5 years 5 months ago

That’s why I put it on the list. No one’s mentioned it in a while, but seeing that Audi and BMW are rumored to be releasing a Q3/4 and X2/4 soon, I thought it might be interesting to judge its reception.

Saabheart
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Saabheart
5 years 5 months ago

If there’s a market for something as crazy as a Nissan Juke, there MUST be a market for a 9-3x 3door coupe crossover. Right? People will by some silly combinations of cars (read: crossovers) these days!

Jim
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Jim
5 years 5 months ago
Why would there be a Combi in addition to a hatch model? That seems very unlikely to me. Hearing the rumored “900” name, it occurs to me that the old 900 was a “signature” model for Saab. It was a unique package, profile and did a unique job. If Saab repeats this, they can again have an auto segment all to themselves. The 1.6 liter powertrain suggests a very restrained but still stylish hatch vehicle that will have the best fuel economy of any midsize European car sold in the US. It could also have high style and comfort. Since… Read more »
Pat h
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Pat h
5 years 5 months ago

I hope there is a sedan, mainly because I think Saab needs a model that is in the exact same fight as a 3 series.

Markac
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Markac
5 years 5 months ago

Would you be happy with a ‘twin door’?

Here’s Skoda’s, but I’m sure Saab could implement the concept a whole lot better:

Saabheart
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Saabheart
5 years 5 months ago

Isn’t this how the 9000’s were? There were sedans and hatches, but they looked almost exactly the same. I’m a 900 driver so I’m not as well versed in the 9000’s.

Kjell Erik
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Kjell Erik
5 years 5 months ago

NO It was not like the 9000. The 9000 was either a hatch or a sedan. The sedan were a little longer also. The skoda on the picture is the same car. It has both configurations at the same time. You choose how to open it, either as a sedan or a hatchback.

Doctor Donk
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Doctor Donk
5 years 5 months ago

I am not interested in small low class car. but if i pick one it would definitely 2 door coupe

Daniel G
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Daniel G
5 years 5 months ago

Saab needs volume, and I am sure a 5-door hatch will sell a lot better than a 3-door. 3-door is not a family car and feels a bit out-of-order these days. Especially if it will take time before a Combi arrive. Perhaps Saab will continue with the current 9-3 some time in parallell though…

Markac
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Markac
5 years 5 months ago

I don’t think any of us that are promoting a 3 door coupe option are saying there shouldn’t be a 5 door car. If it was the case that Saab could only build one or the other body style, I guess the 5 door would have to win out as it will likely sell in a larger volume. Hopefully there won’t be that restriction, because many of us here would just like the choice again that Saab once gave us with the 99, C900, NG900 and the OG9-3.

Daniel G
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Daniel G
5 years 5 months ago

Yes, I understand, ofcourse choice is good.

Troels, Denmark
Guest
5 years 5 months ago

Personally I hope that there will be a 3 door. I have had a 99CC, an OG 900 and a NG 900 . All in 3 door hatchback-versions. The 3 doors-versions of those cars are way better looking then the 5-doors. At the same time the are lighter and stiffer.

Nils
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Nils
5 years 5 months ago

I had both an NG 900 and OG 9-3 3-door coupe. Nevertheless I vote for a 5 door hatchback, as it is more practical for the family. There are ways to make the 5 door look nice or like a 3 door. (Examples are the EU Honda Civic, Alfa 147 or Giuiletta etc.) If the body and doors look like the current 9-5, it would be fine.

IMHO, a sport combi is not needed if the hatchback is well designed. (The OG 9-3 had more space for luggage than the current 9-3SC.)

Stefan E
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Stefan E
5 years 5 months ago

I disagree with your last sentence Nils. The SC is bigger. Not by much, but significant I would say, especially if you consider the full height. I measured my fathers SC against mine side by side. This was one of the reasons why I traded my OG 9-3 for a NG 9-3 SC.

Nils
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Nils
5 years 5 months ago

Well, according to the VDA measurement method, the OG 9-3 boot is 493 litres and the 9-3 SC 477. Seats down, the OG also wins. In practice, the OG 9-3 could swallow a lot of stuff, but there will be some cases when transporting boxy furniture where the SC shape is more suitable. Personally I prefer a hatchback, as it is more streamlined, looks nicer and the rear window does not get dirty.

Stefan
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Stefan
5 years 5 months ago

Interesting. Do they really count the volume underneath the floor? Anyway, I know what I think 🙂 The OG swallows a lot of stuff but in my opinion less than the SC. And it’s not only when transporting boxy furniture that the extra full height is usable, especially if you have people in the backseat.

Despite this, I personally think that a well designed hatch could be enough. I have read in AMS (true or not) that the new hatch will be steeper than the OG 9-3.

Markac
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Markac
5 years 5 months ago

The C900 hatch swallow more than the OG9-3 or SC. The flat floor certainly helped too.

Lasse
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Lasse
5 years 5 months ago
I voted for the sportcombi – really like this concept which is positioned between hatch and combi. Personally I hope that they will develop four basic bodystyles – hatch, sportcombi and sedan plus the convertible. I also hope that even the hatch will be available as a somewhat sportier 3-door variant. The costs might be not that high after all. Maybe the bodyshapes of hatch and sedan will be more similar than we imagine now. Remember the old VW Passat where the sedan basically had the same bodyshape as the hatch. There are current examples for such a strategy too.… Read more »
Börjesson
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Börjesson
5 years 5 months ago

How would you define a sportcombi? You refer to it as somewhere between a hatch and a combi. I thought a sportcombi was simply a combi, with the “sport” just an affectation, like in “sport sedan”? OK, maybe the “sport” tag requires a little better road-holding and the like than your average Toyota Prius, but I didn’t know that it went beyond that?

Peter, Sweden
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Peter, Sweden
5 years 5 months ago

JC has already confirmed (during one of the Q&A-videos from Geneva, which was linked to from SU) that there will be a hatch, but no sedan.

Stefan
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Stefan
5 years 5 months ago

But a combi?

rodmylon
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rodmylon
5 years 5 months ago
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeJ_QMcIsuE In that video JC confirms there will be a hatchback and a convertible. And, as Peter said, NO sedan (JC quote: “there will NOT be a 9-3 sedan”). Not making the combi would be suicide in Sweden, so I’m counting on that. And as we understood the 5-door hatchback will be very sleek, to appeal to sedan-buyers as well. It won’t probably be as roomy as the classic 900, and hence the need for a combi. JC adds that he wants at least 2 more body styles. I suppose those could be a sporty “PhoeniX” type, or a 3-dor… Read more »
MrY
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MrY
5 years 5 months ago

converible, 5-door hatch and x-SC ………. wouldn´t that be a good combo?

JohanG
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JohanG
5 years 5 months ago

I wont buy the NG 9-3 if its no Wagon/Combi! I hope there will be one!

Adam
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Adam
5 years 5 months ago

No option for Sportcombi 9-3x on the poll!

Jeff
Member
5 years 5 months ago

Consider the 5-door the same thing 😉

Saabheart
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Saabheart
5 years 5 months ago
I love my NG900SE 3-door and I think it’s the most practical car on the road still today. The best cars ever built were the OG900’s (my daily driver). As much as I like the sporty look of a 3-door, I need to stand by Saab’s needs for volume. They will sell more 5-doors than 3-doors. Someone mentioned them “making a convertible so why not a 3-door?” but I think there is a LOT of work involved in making a 3-door out of a convertible. Convertible’s have a ton of structural work that cars with roofs don’t need. It’s just… Read more »
charlie
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charlie
5 years 5 months ago

I’d be looking at the success of the Nissan Juke.

$20K for a 1.6 Turbo AWD vehicle that is styled, well, different.

Is there a market for a Juke + — a 30K, nice leather, slightly more adult turbo fun car.

Yes, that is where SAAB used to be.

RMinNJ
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RMinNJ
5 years 5 months ago

Saw a nissan juke on the way home today..only the rear looked ok. It really seemed like it was trying to be too many things… it really invoked that “what were they thinking” response but perhaps I needed a better look.

74stingray
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74stingray
5 years 5 months ago

blech

Juke fall into the same group as the Scion xB, Pontiac Aztek and Kia Soul….. blech

Toby
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Toby
5 years 5 months ago
Exciting news indeed. I would prefer a 3 door hatch (heart) since I too like the sporty look and long doors but Saab have to really offer the 5 door first to ramp up “everyman” sales before maybe adding in the 3 door details for the more descerning saabisi requiring the “pure breed” -if it makes the difference between profit and loss then I voted for the 5 door (head). The sedan? I really don’t care-it was never the space should have played in in my view how it became the only offering on the 9-3 for a while baffles… Read more »
DFF
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DFF
5 years 5 months ago

I am betting there will be a 5-door hatchback that is midway between a sedan and a combi (wagon) in profile, a convertible, and a coupe-styled 2-door sedan that has all its body panels below the belt line in common with the convertible.

Ronald
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Ronald
5 years 5 months ago
Not being the party pooper here or anything, but i think some people here are really “living in the past”. The 900 was a great car, ok we get it already. But we shouldnt have comment after comment after comment of “i want it to be like my 1987 900 (enter trim designation here). That car died 30 years ago and trying to revive a classic, even in good spirit, would be a serious mistake. Of course others have done it, Volkswagen Beetle, Fiat 500, MINI Cooper…and the 900 was just as iconic as those…but to showcase new Saab tech… Read more »
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