National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB (NEVS) has unveiled two electric vehicle concepts – the 9-3 and 9-3X – based on a Saab-engineered platform, which will be used in a city mobility pilot program that is supported by the Tianjin Binhai Hi-tech Industrial Development Area (THT) in China.

The company, which acquired the assets of the bankrupt Swedish marque, is not legally allowed to use the Saab trademark on its vehicles, although the models’ names used here are reminiscent of those from Saab. Therefore, these vehicles are badged as NEVS models on the front grille, at the back and on the alloy wheels.

However, the 9-3 and 9-3X aren’t just rebadged models, as NEVS has given them some significant updates like new headlights and taillights, a bigger front grille with blue accents, and cameras replace the side mirrors. The latter is conceptual, and the production version should revert back to a conventional setup.

According to the company, the vehicles are capable of offering an all-electric range of up to 300 km, and will be equipped with features such as remote monitoring and control via smartphone and a digital car key via a smartphone app. There’s also something called an Always Clean Air Cabin (ACAC) filtration system, which not only offers a filter efficiency up to 99%, but can also reduce the hazardous particle levels for PM 2.5 from 500 to 50 µg/m3 in less than a minute.

More than 150,000 units of the 9-3 series have been reportedly ordered by several Chinese companies, NEVS claims, adding that the EVs have passed through rigorous comfort, ride and handling testing, with a market launch set to take place in 2018.

Moving forward, the company is expected to introduce four new all-electric vehicles, built on the Phoenix platform. This includes a “sporty urban SUV” (compact SUV), an “urban adventurer” (mid-sized crossover), a “distinctive family SUV” (mid-sized SUV) and an “active all-rounder” (mid-sized “fastback”).