New Saab 900 convertible design study

The following is a snippet from an Italian design magazine – Auto and Design. They’ve made an attempt to redesign a Saab 900 convertible for modern times.
That link will lead you to a flash preview of the edition. You most likely have to purchase the magazine to get the full story.
What follows below is a reproduction of the screenshots from that flash preview. Click to enlarge.
The first time I saw that image, above, I didn’t like it too much. When you claim to be re-designing a Saab 900 convertible, you’re tackling an icon, and this seemed to me like it had too much NG900 in it.
That was my first glance.
As I looked at it more and more, I liked it more and more. The front definitely reminds me of the NG900 and OG9-3. They’re not my favourite Saab convertibles, but that doesn’t mean to say they’re bad in any way,
The roof is very reminiscent of the classic 900, especially at the back. See below.
I like the rear, too, which has some angles similar to the latest of the Saab convertibles. There’s enough to remind you, at least.
I’m definitely not a fan of the grille treatment here, and I think the angles on the lights etc could be a little softer, but it’s got enough Saab in it to be a very good starting point.
I was cold on this at first, but the more I see of it the more I think it has potential. The meeting point between the roof and the car shows that you can make a modern design blend with a classical element.
Interesting stuff indeed. Thanks to Danny for the link.

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