Saab Sonett 9-3 Coupe, the car that was never built

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 16, 2013

If Saab didn’t collapse, it would have already built a coupé version of the defunct 2012 9-3, according to Autocar. Meant to compete with the Audi A5, this vehicle would have been based on the Phoenix platform (which Saab engineered) that was used on the all-new 9-3 hatchback. It was intended to be a 2+2.

According to sources, it was supposed to get a ‘Sonett’ badge, which is the name used for a range of three small Saab sports cars, produced between 1955 and 1974. It would have been available with different variants of the Mini’s existing 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine.

There may have even been a 4x4 performance version with an electrically powered rear axle, which provided torque vectoring for a much better handling. Jason Castriota, Phoenix project design chief, is believed to have influenced the engineering of the Phoenix platform.

He was successful at lengthening the wheelbase and shortening the front overhang. Insiders said that Castriota was compelled to make use of the headlights and mirrors on the 9-3 models as those used on the 2009 Saab 9-5. The facelift of the 9-3 and 9-5 slated in 2014 would have meant the introduction of new headlights as well as numerous other modifications.

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