The new brand owner, NEVS, surprised by stating the resurrected company will only make electric Saabs. It turned out this won't be the case, though, as they're now building 2.0 l turbo 9-3 in China...
NEVS is short from National Electric Vehicle Sweden and the news from the company says electric 9-3's mass production will start sometime this fall (or winter). And right now production started means Saab began to build some 200 electric 9-3 cars at its Trollhattan factory. Once ready they'll ship these over to China for some thorough testing in the Qingdao province (spring and summer 2014).
Currently they're also in a process of acquiring a certificate and plan to launch the electric 9-3 on some European markets in 2015. Doesn't sound very specific, but it's all we have for now.
Speaking of range Saab 9-3 is supposed to do roughly 200 km on a charge, but that could be by NEDC. It's usually 20-30% less in real world conditions.
Longer trips requires more energy, so they will test a new tech in the process, that is supposed to provide up to 300 km range on a single charge. Sounds better and we'll be happy to see it in a real 9-3.
If Saab 9-3 makes it to the market with such a range, it will be more attractive than most ot the other EV, save for Tesla, which are capable of half this range. Boring, but we'll have to keep waiting, to find out.