Swedish manufacturer Saab has revealed updates for its ageing 9-3 model, including 'ice block' headlamps, new front bumpers and grille and upgraded trim inside.

The 9-3 was first introduced in 2002 and has been tweaked a number of times, including a more significant facelift in 2008 after six years on sale.



The series of updates will no doubt remind some of Rover's final years, when a serious lack of cash meant that styling tweaks were all that could be afforded. Saab has struggled for cash since Dutch firm Spyker took over the company from GM last year.

An all-new 9-3 was due to be launched in 2012, but given the tweaks announced to today that launch could be further away than expected.

Prices of the newest version of the 9-3 will begin at £21,945 when the car goes on sale next month, and Saab claims that the revised engines will make it "the most powerful sub-120g/km saloon and estate on sale in the UK".

Charles Toosey, Managing Director at Saab GB, said: "We are very confident that the 9-3 range will be a great success in the UK and will appeal to motorists wanting a high performance, low emissions vehicle, with high levels of standard equipment and competitive pricing."