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With the reintroduction of Saab back in Australia next week, our European photographers have sent CarAdvice photos of what we believe to be a mule testing with a new platform for the next generation SAAB 9-3.

As you can see, it’s hiding under the body of a current generation 9-3 Convertible. Although it deliberately gives little visual clues of the new design, the wider fenders on this mule suggest the next-generation 9-3 may be marginally wider.

Saab enthusiasts will also be able to spot the different placement of the exhaust-pipes, which have moved out some inches to the sides.

There are many rumours circulating the internet regarding the new platform. Some suggest it will be a modified 9-5 platform whilst others believe it will be a completely new modular one that may also be used for both the smaller 9-1 and a rumored sportscar.

Saab has previously said the next-generation 9-3 will be unveiled in 2012, so expect to see photos of real body prototypes soon.

We are curious to know just how much the new 9-3 has borrowed from the design of the SAAB PhoeniX Concept.




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