Spied: Saab gives 9-3 an Aero-X-inspired face

Spy photographers have captured images of a facelifted Saab 9-3 wagon, featuring a new nose inspired by the popular Aero-X concept car, which will be used as the basis for all upcoming Saab designs.

Expect some chrome in the grille and also a chrome strip on the upper side of the headlamps. Both the front bumper and the bumper in the back are new, and together with the missing décor stripes on the doors as well on the bumpers, it gives the new 9-3 a cleaner look. The shape of the rear lights will remain the same, but there will be optional LED lights.

Saab is working on a all-wheel-drive version with the help of specialist Haldex. Expected to be released in September at the Frankfurt Car show, the vehicle will target offerings from Volvo, Audi, BMW, Mercedes, and Subaru.

Rumours are also circuiting about a special high performance model, called the "Black Turbo." Delivering 300 hp and four-wheel drive, this model aims to put Saab in league with other prestige brands like BMW and Mercedes.