SAAB CONTINUES PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT OFFENSIVE, REFINES 2007 9-3 RANGE
The Saab 9-3 is a critical component of the brand’s ongoing product offensive. For the 2007 model year, Saab refines the popular 9-3 range with a redesigned interior and new optional features.
The new interior in the 9-3 Sedan , Convertible and SportCombi features a redesigned cockpit with new automatic climate control and ‘infotainment’ systems, a larger instrument cluster with chrome details, and new interior trim. The OnStar Safety and Security system is available as an option, and XM Satellite Radio becomes standard on the Aero model, and part of the Premium Audio upgrade package on the 2.0T. A six-speed manual transmission replaces the five-speed in the 2.0T, a Bose stereo is available on the Sport Sedan, and optional 16-inch and 17-inch wheels can be ordered. The 9-3 Convertible adds Electric Blue metallic, Smoke Beige metallic and Arctic White to its exterior color palette and a tan Convertible top (available midyear), while the Sport Sedan and SportCombi can now be ordered in Titan Grey metallic.
The SportCombi moves Saab into the premium midsize wagon segment for the first time by combining distinctive design, sporty driving dynamics and the functionality of a five-door. Its strong, compact proportions reaffirm Saab’s tradition of sporty, versatile cars, and its cohesive five-door styling and solid, muscular stance clearly mark the SportCombi as a member of the 9-3 family.
Like the rest of the 9-3 range, the SportCombi, which launched in the fall of 2005, is designed to deliver style, performance and surprising functionality. It appeals to customers who need the versatility of a wagon, including smart load-carrying features and a generously proportioned cargo area, without compromising their desire for driving satisfaction.
The top-of-the-line, high-performance Aero SportCombi model features a turbocharged aluminum 2.8L V-6 engine that makes 250 horsepower (186.4 kW) and 258 lb.-ft. (350 Nm) of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox comes standard, and a six-speed Sentronic automatic with steering wheel controls is available. The SportCombi can also be ordered with Saab’s 210 horsepower (157 kW) inline four-cylinder turbo.
With a wedge-like profile and Saab signature styling cues, the close-coupled proportions of the SportCombi include useful load-carrying features and a surprisingly spacious cargo area.
The exterior also offers a sporty, distinctive alternative to conventional wagon proportions, with the traditional Saab ‘hockey stick’ beltline, fastbackrear quarter styling, steeply raked taillight lenses and LED bulbs.
The 9-3 SportCombi has zero lift levels at both axles (0.00 Clf and 0.00 Clr). The car has a drag coefficient of 0.33, impressive high-speed stability and a standard integrated rear roof spoiler.
Inside, the main cargo area floor lifts to divide the space into two separate sections and to reveal additional storage in the recessed subfloor.
9-3 Sport Sedan and Convertible
With a steeply raked windshield, wedge-like profile and short front and rear overhangs, all the 9-3 models convey a sense of movement even while standing still. The shape of the windows combines with the sleek, integrated headlights and grille to emphasize the distinctive Saab identity.
The 9-3 lineup is the product of the most exhaustive development program in chassis dynamics undertaken by Saab. The kinetics of the rear suspension, for example, are tuned for a unique rear-wheel-steer response to attain optimum handling and stability. The four-link independent rear suspension with high lateral stiffness adds stability and grip; longitudinal compliance enhances ride comfort.
The Saab 9-3 model lineup is built from ‘the driver outward.’ That means the cabin ergonomics, instrumentation, controls and seating position are all developed from the driver’s perspective. As a result, the advanced safety features benefit all who use these vehicles.
Saab engineers developed the 9-3 Convertible structure concurrently with the Sport Sedan and SportCombi, enabling them to incorporate their demanding requirements for an open-top car from the very start. The result is a premium convertible with a level of structural integrity, build quality and driving refinement that positions it at the top of its class.
The 9-3 2.0T Sport Sedan and Convertible feature twin five-spoke 16-inch alloy wheels, a power driver’s seat, body color rocker panels and bumper skirts, and an infotainment/audio system with 150 watts and seven speakers. 9-3 Aero models have the 250-horsepower (186.4 kW) 2.8L V-6 Turbo engine and a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions.
2.8L V-6 Turbo
The 2.8L V-6 Turbo, named one of the ’10 Best Engines’ by Ward’s AutoWorld Magazine, is the most sophisticated turbocharged engine ever offered in a Saab vehicle, delivering excellent responsiveness through low-speed torque and high-rpm power, as well as exceptional refinement. It features a technologically advanced 60-degree, dual overhead-cam architecture designed to produce strong power and excellent fuel economy to meet different needs in markets around the world.
Technology such as a twin-scroll turbocharger and variable intake valve timing helps the 2.8L V-6 Turbo achieve 250 horsepower (184 kW) and 258 lb.-ft. of torque (350 Nm) in the 9-3.
The V-6 has a lightweight aluminum cylinder block with iron cylinder sleeves, an aluminum structural oil pan and aluminum cylinder heads with four valves per cylinder. It builds on those strengths with components and technology developed specifically for the turbo system, including:
Twin-scroll turbocharger delivering approximately 9 pounds of boost (0.6 bar)
Integrated charge cooling
Unique cylinder heads made from 356T-6 aluminum and featuring sodium-filled exhaust valves
Forged steel crankshaft and sinter-forged connecting rods strengthened for turbocharged loads
Pistons with anodized ring grooves designed for turbocharger boost pressure
9.5:1 compression ratio
Piston oil cooling jets
Unique camshaft profiles designed for turbocharger performance
Hydroformed ‘dual skin’ exhaust manifolds with stainless steel inner liners
Engine-mounted oil cooler
Price this car:
MSRP: $26,250 – $43,100
Invoice: $24,754 – $40,643
Source: Saab Press Release