Saab 9-3 (2003 & present) | Saab Cars & Trollhattan Saab

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Saab 9-3

(2003 #8211;

As the current volume leader for in many markets across the the 9-3 carries torch for Saab into the future. First as a 2003 model, the new 9-3 Sport was quite a groundbreaking model for in several ways. Most was the absence of a hatch, a feature was present on every small since the 99.

The lack of a hatch, or a hatch option, probably has to do with the next reason why the 9-3 was so for Saab. The introduction of this car Saab’s new goal of moving out of its market and competing with the big in the luxury market: BMW, and Audi.

For 2003, the 9-3 was released in Sedan only, while the convertible was a design from the previous Trims varied by market, but Arc, and Aero trims available in all markets. The Linear was basically equipped, while the Arc at luxury oriented customers, the Aero topped the range as the variant.

Engines varied a 1.8 liter naturally aspirated all the way up to a high-strung, 210 horsepower 2 liter model reserved for the Arc and Aero. A 2.2 turbo diesel was also available in some markets, was later replaced with a 1.9 common rail turbo engine developed with

2004 saw the release of the 9-3 convertible on the new sedan. The convertible is a two door, seat model with a automatic soft top. For the all went relatively unchanged.

The top of the model in the United States, the was renamed to Aero due to threatened action by Vector automotive.

Two years later, Saab substantial changes to their 9-3 with the introduction of a new model the Sportcombi. The Sportcombi was simply a 9-3 engine and trim options identical to the sedan. Also new for was a 2.8 liter turbocharged petrol making 250 horsepower, available Aero models.

2007 was a controversial year for the 9-3 due to an interior The Saab-specific radio and HVAC were replaced by generic GM Also gone was the SID (Saab Display), a small screen on the top of the that gave the driver about the car and any relevant warning

A small screen was placed the speedometer to replicate the SID’s functions. Also for 2007, soundproofing was added to the interior, the car a decidedly more premium

The 2003-2006 Saab 9-3 dashboard:

The Saab 9-3 dashboard:

The biggest for the 9-3 came with the 2008 year. The car gained a new, front end inspired by the Aero-X car. Additionally, a Haldex all-wheel drive system XWD (Cross Wheel Drive) was available on Aero models and a new topper: the limited edition Turbo X.

The XWD system. when equipped the electronic limited slip is one of the world’s most advanced drive systems in terms of how power can be channeled to a single 85 percent of power can go to a single wheel in heaving cornering The electronic limited slip or eLSD, is standard on the Turbo X and on other XWD models.

Only Turbo X’s will be sold

Saab 9-3 Turbo X SportCombi:

details about the 9-3’s are constantly changing, it’s that it will be based on the Astra’s Delta platform. As the car will become slightly although designers have that interior room not shrink.

At the moment, the car is expected to production in Trollhattan, Sweden in


My thanks to Rogan for this entry!

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