2008 Saab 9-3 Convertible

Earlier this month, spy photographers brought us the first images of a prototype 2008 Saab 9-3 Wagon, expected to go on sale later this year. Now, photographers have snapped images of the 9-3 Convertible, which will receive a similar restyling.

The car's new nose is inspired by the Aero-X concept car, which will be used as the basis for all upcoming Saab designs. Other trademarks from the concept include the smaller side grilles and a v-shaped hood.

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.

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.