Well what do you know...all of a sudden, here it is!
The SAAB 9-3 SportCombi Hatch will be announced to the world in March,
2005 at the 75th Geneva Auto Show.
You can see details at several links that I've provided:
Motor Cars - First World Presentations Index SAAB
9-3 SPORT COMBI
A new high-performance V6-engined estate car.
This article from Automotive News (not available online without a
subscription) reports on the 9-3 and SAAB's plans:
January 24, 2005,
Challenged by disappointing sales, Saab hopes a new advertising
campaign and new products will do the trick, according to COO Debra
Kelly-Ennis spoke of Saab's plan last week at the Automotive News World Congress.
Saab's ''State of Independence'' ad campaign starts Feb. 14 in print
and on TV. The message: ''distinctively designed, independently
inspired.'' Print ads will include statements such as, ''A license
plate should never be a car's only point of difference,'' and, ''For
those who consider conformity a serious road hazard.''
Saab, a unit of General Motors, will enter new segments in 2005 and
2006 with vehicles such as the U.S.-built 9-7X mid-sized SUV, which is
scheduled to arrive in showrooms in May. That vehicle is based on the
GM mid-sized truck architecture used in the Chevrolet TrailBlazer.
The 9-3 sport-hatch, which will debut at the Geneva auto show in
March, will have a new turbocharged 250-hp V-6. The engine is derived
from a CTS engine that it will share with the rest of the 9-3 line...
Welcoming the hatch ... back
February 17, 2005 Updated at 11:23 AM EST
Globe and Mail Update
If nothing else, the debut of the Saab 9-3 SportCombi in the Canadian
market this fall should delight the purists who decried the demise of
the hatchback configuration with the debut of this model range in
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Here's another recent article, even better (I think) that the others:
SportCombi Expands Saab 9-3 Family
DETROIT ? Saab Automobile expands its sparse lineup with a new body
style for the 9-3 family: the 9-3 SportCombi hatchback slated to go on
sale this fall in the U.S. and Europe, says Debra Kelly-Ennis,
president and chief operating officer of Saab Cars U.S.A.
The new vehicle will be unveiled next month at the Geneva auto show.
It is based on the Sport Hatch concept from last year?s auto show
circuit and is a nod to the 99 Combi Coupe hatchback introduced in
Saab 9-3 SportCombi
The 5-door will have a starting price less than $30,000, Kelly-Ennis
says at a sneak peek event here.
The front of the vehicle retains the same Swedish minimalist styling
as the 9-3 sedan, but from the B-pillar back, there are 695 new parts,
says Per Fjaestad, chief engineer for the 9-3 SportCombi program...