NG 9-3 mule driving arround Trollhättan

Although in some departments the development of the NG 9-3 seems to have been stopped, some other departments keep on testing in and around Trollhättan.

This car has the same external characteristics of the other mules seen so far. Most noticeable are the wider front and rear tracks, which they try to disguise with those rims and the plastic arch extenders.

Djup Strupe was not able to take a picture, but he has told us that the most noticeable thing in the interior was a big screen, so one could say that GUY-120 is one of the IQon test cars.

I think that from now on more and more spy shots of mules will appear. My question is, what should we call the next mid-size Saab?

I think my question has been misunderstood, or I did write the wrong question.

What I wanted to know, is how should we (SU) name the mules as long as they don’t have an official name.

  • NG 9-3
  • JC 9-3
  • 3G 9-3
  • 9-3 MY’13
  • ….

The Running of the Mules

Saab has been very active behind the scenes testing various mules in Sweden. Tips have been coming in on articles in other publications showing these latest prototypes, used to test various components of the Phoenix platform. Keep in mind as usual the bodies of these cars are the current models, as these are mainly for testing elements under the hood for the next generation 9-3.

From, an interesting new mule that seems to only be testing front components of the new platform, the rear seems to be from the current 9-3. I have no idea what exactly they get out of testing it this way, but feel free to speculate.

Somethings Marco noted in his tip were:

– New front rims with different bolt system.

– The car was registered in 2009 as a diesel and is currently out of use (according to Swedish authorities).

– No visible exhaust pipes, so is this really a diesel?

– The pics are taken in Arjeplog, Sweden.



And in (english translation), we see a mule using a convertible body. Some of the obvious changes are the wider track both front and rear and the exhaust pipes placed further towards the corners. Also, it’s wearing the same wheels as the sedan above.

UPDATE: more pics at

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