When National Electric Vehicles Sweden bought the bankrupt SAAB in 2012, many of us saw it as a silly purchase. The brand was never necessarily a hot seller, which led to its eventual failure. Now, three years later, the NEVS’ plans for SAAB are starting to take shape, and it looks like the new-vehicle rollout will start in 2017, according to Saabblog.net.
Like NEVS’s name indicates, the new lineup will be all electric, and the first model will essentially be a heavily revised 9-3 Sedan. This first model, which has yet to be named, will make its debut in its home country and China initially. This first model will act as a barometer for the market, and will help the automaker gauge how successful an entire lineup of EVs would be.
Given this model is successful, NEVS plans to release an additional four models in the coming years. Each of these vehicles, as expected, will be electric only. The initial reports indicate the new lineup will consist of a sporty SUV, a family SUV, a fastback, and a crossover. All four models will be either compacts or midsize models.
While these details all sound great, keep in mind that this is still very much in its infancy and that these are massive plans for a recently bankrupt automaker. There is still a good chance that none of this actually comes to fruition, so I suggest not getting your hopes up. What’s more, if this does work, there do not appear to be plans for a release in the U.S.
Also standing in the way of SAAB’s re-release is the fact that there is still no word on whether NEVS can actually use the SAAB name, or not.
We’ll continue monitoring the progress of NEVS and bring you more updates as they become available. Keep it locked here for more.