According to Swedish newspaper SvD, the image was part of a presentation made by Saab to the National Debt Office way back in January 2011, and as you can (barely) see, it shares many similarities with the Jason Castriota-designed PheoniX concept car unveiled at Geneva earlier this year.
This image comes after the troubled Swedish carmaker - in grave danger for much of the year - was sold to two Chinese car companies, Pang Da and Youngman, for a sum of €100 million, securing Saab's immediate future.
This investment means the new 9-3, whatever it looks like, should be on track for a 2013 launch. Part-owner and current boss Victor Muller told Top Gear on Friday that while the factory has been closed since April, the development of the 9-3 only stalled for a couple of months.
And when it does finally arrive - as a five-door in spring 2013 and convertible in late summer - it will look remarkably like that stunning PheoniX concept, below. Saab design director Castriota wanted to set a "new reference point for the future of Saab product design". Don't forget, he played a hand in the design of the Ferrari 599, designed the Maserati GranTurismo and the glorious P4/5. Form, he has.