Chinese car news outlet (aoto.sohu.com) keeps repeating (different post from different authors) that the NEVS 9-3 will have a E-REV version with a range of 1200 km. This would not be available from the beginning but later on.
First, I’m quite sceptic if rumours come from only one site and second I can only tell what that Google translator tells me, so maybe got it wrong this time.
Anyhow, such a power-train option coupled with a good looking, in the best Saab tradition of form follows function, shell would make the car attractive to many people, maybe even to Angelo. 😉
It has been a long time ago since we last started discussing about cars that had to be build at Stallbacka. At that Time those cars were branded as SAAB but this time we are talking about the first NEVS car.
First of all I want to emphasise that all this is only the information that I’ve been able to collect from the internet and that none of those is in any way confirmed by NEVS.
NEVS clarified two weeks ago under which brand the cars they will sell in the future will have. I’ve said it then and I want to emphasise it now, this was an incredible possibility for them to present their first electric car, what we now know as the NEVS 9-3. But they decided to not to show anything, but instead of that they invited press and the community and so some information about the new car has been filtrated to the net.
The main source of information is the picture of a countdown-clock shown in an article by the local newspaper ttela.se. Underneath that countdown-clock you can see the a car, that any of us would recognise as a SAAB/NEVS 9-3. But after a second look at the picture you notice some changes, even to the SAAB 9-3 MY 14 that NEVS produced in very small numbers with a petrol engine.
The most noticeable changes are door handles in the style of the 9-5 II and a two tone side mirror with integrated signal lights and a slightly different shape, which feel quite familiar compared with the side mirrors of the prototypes of the SAAB 9-3 III by Jason Castriota.
But besides that there is also a different shark fin antenna, more BMW style, new designed double 5-spoke wheels and different side skirts. The side skirts seem to be higher than the normal ones in order to hide the higher ride height. Looking at the wheel arch, it feels like the distance between the Wheel arch and the tyre is bigger than on a normal 9-3.
The whole front part of the car is hided, on purpose as it is done with what looks like a piece of paper. So it is to expect that the car will have the major differences at the front.
Regarding the interior it is only known, that the old GM-Radio is a now more and will be replaced by a touchscreen system named IQon that is expected to be based on parrot Hardware, but this is 2014 information so maybe not anymore up-to-date. After filtering the picture from ttela.se you can somehow see the form of the headrest on that car, and those are not the former 9-3 headrests nor the XC90 I headrests of the front-seats of the MY’14. They look a little bit like the ones from the 9-5 II. NEVS has published a picture on Instagram about the visit of the Saab-comunity at Stallbacka. On that picture on the lower left side you can see two seats that look very much like the 9-5 II Aero seats, but maybe not exactly the same. The one with the stitchery really looks nice. The chairman of the Svenska Saabklubben was at that visit, and he has confirmed that those were prototypes, not the final ones.
Regarding the technical data, either NEVS is talking more about that car in China or the Chinese sites have a lot of phantasy. According to auto.sohu.com the car has the same length as the MY 14 (4668 mm) will be 20 mm higher (ride hight) and have the same wheelbase. The top speed will be 140 kph and the range will be 301 km. The weight is said to be 1800 kg. So how does this car compare to something like the new Leaf with the 30 kWh Battery? Well, the Leaf is about 200 kg lighter but the range is 50 km shorter and has about the same to speed (144 kph). Compared to the Tesla S 60, the NEVS is 160 kg lighter but has also 100 km more range. Looking at the numbers it is just as good as the competitors, but on the other side we don’t have much information about what standards have been used to measure the range (EPA, NEDC, other) nor the weight, so we will have to wait till the official numbers appear to make a final judgement.
I wanted to thank StefanH STHLM to point me at it. It is just fun to be able to write about cars once again at SAABSUNITED.