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Official Images Of The NEVS 9-3 And 9-3X Concept Cars

Published on June 1, 2017 by Tycho de Feijter

NEVS 9-3

NEVS has released official images of the 9-3 and 9-3X concept cars, previewing an electric sedan and wagon, both based on the last generation Saab 9-3. The concepts will be unveiled on June 7 on the CES Asia in Shanghai. Design is still very Saab but NEVS has added a fine looking new front with a black grille with a blue line (blue is the color of green in China) and small LED lights that shine like diamonds.

NEVS 9-3

NEVS does not have the right to use the Saab brand on their cars but they don’t mind using it on their website, which otherwise isn’t very informative.

NEVS 9-3

The company doesn’t have a real logo yet, their badge is just NEVS.

Technical details about the NEVS 9-3 are still very scarce; NEVS only says that range will be about 300 kilometers. The cars will be equipped with a WiFi hotspot and an air purifying system. Software updates will be delivered wireless and at any time. NEVS also appears to be working on a car sharing scheme.

They have signed a deal with Chinese company Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited (CATL) to supply the batteries, and they are also working on a hybrid variant of the 9-3.

The NEVS 9-3 and 9-3X will be manufactured in a new factory in Tianjin in China. The first 150.000 vehicles will go to Panda New Energy, an EV-leasing company based in Beijing. But the Swedish side of the operation is still alive as well; NEVS lists ten vacancies in Trollhattan.

NEVS 9-3

The NEVS 9-3X wagon is the sporty one with a different bumper and black wheel arches. The roof appears to be raised a bit, looking somewhat odd. Perhaps they are hiding a solar panel there.

NEVS 9-3

Rear lights are beautiful. It is yet unsure whether NEVS is going to offer the 9-3 and 9-3X on the general passenger car market. For now they seem to focus purely on leasing companies. That seems to be a bit of a shame; the cars look attractive enough and the ‘Saab-heritage’ marketing might as well work.

But customers could get a little confused

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