Grey Designs 9-3 MARK III

SAAB93MarkIIIAngle7Our Swedish-English design friend from Vargön outside Trollhättan has updated his take on the 9-3. A design with cues from Saabs history combined with a modern design language.

Among the owners of Saab 9-5 NG at Facebook his design is very much liked.

Guess that is a good peer group to ask since they actually bought the very last Saab model made the 9-5 NG. They should be asked.

The have great taste and are just like people here at SaabsUnited truly an international crowd.

GerritN
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3 years 6 months ago

More and bigger pictures at the Grey Design website:
http://graydesign.se/2/index.php/saab-93

Patrik H
Member
3 years 6 months ago

Obviously a very talented designer! The grille is not sufficiently Saab (it reminds me of a Chevrolet), but besides that, I have very few complaints. However, I am close to fed-up with the inverted taillights of late. It worked for the 9-5, but I much prefer the shape from the 99 through to the 9-3.

Nicola
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3 years 6 months ago

“The grille is not sufficiently Saab (it reminds me of a Chevrolet)”
+1

GerritN
Member
3 years 6 months ago

Argh, moderated comments when you put a web link in.
Try again without explicit link.
More and bigger pictures at the Grey Design website:
Just google “grey design saab”

Carlo A
Member
3 years 6 months ago

Eduard is obviously a very talented guy … I like this 9-3 as much as I liked his old designs like the 9-1 Sixten …. sporty, elegant and practical …… well done!

GerritN
Member
3 years 6 months ago
From the Grey Design website on the new design: “Elementary geometry and unbroken lines create a body that is at once instantly recognisable and desirable.” Yup, that kind of sums up a Saab design for me. Sorry Jason, this is much more like a Saab for me than the Phoenix designs. Since we are considered the experts 🙂 some remarks: – wheels are a notch too big I really hate the trend of bigger and bigger wheels, doesn’t do the handling any good either – front grille needs the Saab touch it was already mentioned that it looks like a… Read more »
Methos
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3 years 6 months ago
Pretty much summed up all my thoughts on this GerritN! I hate to say it, but I prefer this design far more to Castriota’s. It simply looks like a Saab to me, for the most part. Then, my dream of dreams is a virtual exterior carbon-copy of a C900, with 2013 mechanical engineering and interior refinements. Most definitely agree that the grill needs to broadcast ‘Saab’ a bit louder. And also concur that the roofline, towards the rear could stand to be taller and a bit chunkier methinks. I do love the hint of a speed-activated rear spoiler though! Brilliant… Read more »
Baver
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3 years 6 months ago

Agree. I think it’s far superior to Jason’s attempt at being a distinctive Saab design. Saabize that grille a bit more and get some smaller wheels for a non-Aero version and it’s a hit. Would love to see if he has any interior ideas.

900 classic cab
Guest
3 years 6 months ago

I like it very, very much. Showed it to no Saab drivers and the response was very good.

richard
Member
3 years 6 months ago

Stunning, beautiful design. Very, very well executed. Small details like the grille (as previously mentioned) and the non-utilitarian “sportback” design need a cleanup, but what a looker this one is already.

BTW – the name is GRAY Design with an A, not an E. 😉

GerritN
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3 years 6 months ago

Grey or gray; depends on which side of the Atlantic you are located.

richard
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3 years 6 months ago

😀 …I’m fairly certain Eduard Gray’s last name doesn’t change when he crosses the Atlantic. 😉

GerritN
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3 years 6 months ago

depends if he comes into the US by Ellis Island….could be anything after that ;/

Thylmuc
Member
3 years 6 months ago

Like Mr. Garry Edmond. 🙂

Baver
Member
3 years 6 months ago

He knows about changing the grill so it looks less like a Chevrolet or Kia. He is very receptive to our criticism and NEVS would do themselves a favor by hiring him to help with the new 9-3.

GerritN
Member
3 years 6 months ago

+1

aa
Member
3 years 6 months ago

This designer would feel at home with the design-team at Hyundai or Kia.

Seriously, this is 0% Saab.

Troels, Denmark
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3 years 6 months ago

+

StefanH STHLM
Member
3 years 6 months ago

Build it.
I´ll buy it.

Especially the Saab Sixten.

Methos
Member
3 years 6 months ago

Ditto! Just noticed that Saab Sixteen design, at GerritN’s link to the design site above. And a blend of that Sixten design, along with this 93 design would likely leave me in a perpetual state of Saab lust.

xelav
Member
3 years 6 months ago

Great design! Really something to move your mind. But for my family I need an estate. This guy knows what he’s doing.

Miroslav Stanojkovic
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3 years 6 months ago

I like it..no no, I LOVE IT!

Mark
Member
3 years 6 months ago

Looks okay but doesn’t really spell ‘SAAB’ to me.

RS
Member
3 years 6 months ago

At this point I’m ready to take anything that drives like a new Saab and is practical like an old one, but seriously this car’s side profile is butt ugly compared to a NG 9-5. With virtually no headroom in the back also a tough sell to the families.
No thanks.

I’d rather buy a 900 than an UrSaab http://www.netcarshow.com/saab/1994-900/1280×960/wallpaper_04.htm

spacy
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3 years 6 months ago

Most of what has been said above is right & my thoughts were to the hieght of the car when I first saw the picture.

Great as, the low profile design is, but where I agree with you is an estate/Hatchback needs some height, especially for us older drivers, who do not want to squat down so low [well actually probably could not get down that low easily]..

Aero1
Member
3 years 6 months ago

An Audi TT, a Porsche Panamera got married and 9 months later they had this.

Aero1
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3 years 6 months ago

Honestly, JCs design is SAAB and the final version has not been revealed if I am correct.

Jędrzej Ilukowicz
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3 years 6 months ago

Honestly?
The front has too much of the chevy camaro mixed with the current generation of subarus.
The side looks like a rip-off taken from the citroen C6.

Don’t like it. The wind tunnel test model looks way better.
They should follow the 9-5 NG clean, clinical, aircraft-like design.

SpinM
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3 years 6 months ago
It reminds me of the first version of passat CC and the new Mercedes CLA, only this one is a hatchback. Both are very well designed cars. It looks though like this design approach will become crowded in the future by a number of car companies/brands, which in term might mean that it will loose some of its originality and age fairly quickly. one might argue that this is a pure aerodynamic design and it would be true. Some versions of CLA achieve even Cw of 0,22. The downside of it being low roof and limited head room. Bottom line:… Read more »
nils
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3 years 6 months ago

Nice design! Would be nice to beat the CLA in terms of Cd!

Both this one, and the sketches of Padian’s proposal for a new 9-3 look better to me than the Phoenix and Castriota prototypes.

montahue
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3 years 6 months ago

SAAB93MarkIIIAngle8Facelift looks like the volkswagen cc with saab face. The saab 93 lmark III looks nothing like a saab at all besides being black like the ursaab. silly. Just being able to handle 3D-software dont make you a designer

Allan B
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3 years 6 months ago

Good points: Nice to see another different take on Saab design. I like the quirky 92-ness of the profile. Also reminiscent of a C6, which is a good thing.

Bad points: The rest of it is awful. The nose and tail don’t mesh in any sense with the rest of the car, and even if they did it would still look rubbish. Sorry.

Allan B
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3 years 6 months ago
Actually I take back what I said about the tail. But the front end is wrong. It bears a resemblance to the og9-5 and pre-facelift 9-3 sport saloon/combi (both of which I love) but in this interpretation it just looks rather ugly – and also square and boring – for some reason. It’s like the delicate form of the 9-2 has been pummeled into the shape of a 1990s American muscle car. But nice try. I look forward to seeing any other designs Gray come up with. I salute the designer for having a go. As already stated, there are… Read more »
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