Saab President and CEO Jan Åke Jonsson confirmed the next-generation 9-3 will arrive in 2012. Details inside

Saab has released new details about their future product lineup, ahead of the company's Independence Day celebration on February 23rd.

Most notably, President and CEO Jan Åke Jonsson confirmed the next-generation 9-3 will arrive in 2012.  This had been expected, but the upcoming 9-3 facelift caused speculation that the redesign might have been delayed until 2013.

As we have previously reported, the new 9-3 will ride on a modified version of the current Epsilon I platform and likely be offered in three- and five-door bodystyles. A variety of engines will be available, but a recent agreement with BMW will ensure there's a MINI-sourced 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo with start/stop technology.

Besides talking about the 2012 9-3, Saab announced plans to unveil a new special edition. Details are limited, but the model will likely be based on the current 9-3 Convertible.

In related news, the first 9-4X rolled off the assembly line in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. It will go on sale in the United States in May, while a European launch is scheduled for August.

Redesigned Saab 9-3 confirmed for 2012