Saab will display its 9­-3 SportHatch Concept car for the first time in the UK at the Canary Wharf Motor Show, from Monday 14 June.

The 9-3 SportHatch Concept is a clear declaration of Saab’s intention to enter a whole new market segment, and is designed for active, outdoor lifestyle types.

Powered by a 250 bhp, 2.0-litre turbo engine with Saab Sentronic automatic transmission and a lowered, sports chassis sitting on 20-inch wheels, the 9­-3 Sport-Hatch Concept promises sharp performance to match its looks.

It is intended to take Saab into the mid-size estate segment for the first time by offering a distinctive alternative choice, with hatchback-like proportions that are reminiscent of the shape of its classic Saab 900 forebears.

The exterior and interior styling follows themes from the Saab 9-­3X ‘cross-over coupe’ concept and the current 9-­3 Sport Saloon. Versatility features that are innovative and surprising support Saab’s concept of ’emotional functionality’.

Main highlights include:

  • Bold styling cues from Saab 9­-3X ‘cross-over coupé’ concept
  • Compact, sporty stance, backed by a chassis with Saab ReAxs control
  • Four-seater layout with central ‘clear zone’ motif in front and rear
  • Information displays on demand via touch screen functionality
  • Glass roof and recessed load fixing points to eliminate roof bars
  • Powered tailgate with innovative, integrated bike-carrying function
  • Extra storage floor below cargo deck

Also at The Canary Wharf Motor Show will be the Saab 9-3 Sport Saloon, 9-3 Convertible and 9-5 Estate, all in sporty Aero trim.