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(from Saab Press
Release) 2008 SAAB 9-3 RANGE FEATURES EXTENSIVE EXTERIOR
ENHANCEMENTS, POWER UPGRADE and introduction of XWD cross-wheel
The 2008 Saab 9-3 range
makes its debut in Saab showrooms sporting major exterior
enhancements inspired by the acclaimed Aero X Concept.
Additionally, in keeping with Saab’s driver focused heritage, the
2008 9-3 range gets a more powerful engine to match the more
powerful-looking exterior: The 2.8L V-6 turbo has been modified to
produce 255 horsepower (190 kW) and 258 lb.-ft. of torque (350 Nm),
a five-horsepower improvement over the 2007 model.
“2008 will be a very dynamic year for the Saab 9-3 range – and for
the Saab brand in general,” said Saab Automobile USA General Manager
Steve Shannon. “The 9-3’s progressive, Scandinavian design and its
more powerful turbo engine will thrill our dedicated fans on both
sides of the Atlantic, and coax a new generation of equally devoted
enthusiasts to get into the cockpit of a Saab.”
For 2008, the Saab 9-3 range includes the 9-3 Sport Sedan, 9-3
Convertible and 9-3 SportCombi in 2.0T and Aero models.
Progressive design with
The 2008 9-3 range
incorporates the eye-catching design cues of the Aero X Concept,
with a powerful new front end including a larger grille, smaller
side grilles and semi-overwrap V-shaped hood.
New front fenders; new headlamps, fog lamps and taillamps; new front
and rear bumpers (Aero receives unique front and rear bumpers with a
matte chrome fog lamp surround); color-matched Aero rocker panels on
all models and new door handles also update the 9-3 exteriors. Flat
wiper blades reduce noise and improve vehicle aesthetics.
The new headlamp design wraps around to the flanks of the vehicle
and accommodates the new, available Xenon cornering headlamps, which
adjust horizontally in conjunction with the vehicle’s steering for
greater visibility. This distinctive headlamp design element, as
well as the clean, monochromatic doors and bumpers, give the 2008
9-3 a longer, sleeker, cleaner and faster look.
New lenses in the taillamps build on the existing 9-3 “ice block”
theme. To maximize the effect of the exterior enhancements, the
lenses feature a smoked appearance. The 9-3 Aero Convertible
features a standard rear spoiler.
Saab 9-3 2.0T models feature newly designed 16-inch wheels; Aero
models receive dazzling 17-inch, five-spoke, low-split alloy wheels,
the same wheels used on the Saab 60 th Anniversary editions. A tire
pressure monitoring system is standard.
For 2008, the 9-3 range features three new exterior colors: Snow
Silver Metallic (all body styles); Pepper Green Metallic (Sport
Sedan and SportCombi); and Saffron Yellow (Convertible, with spring
More powerful 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 offered in a Saab vehicle
to date, 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 power and excellent fuel economy to
meet different needs in markets around the world.
The 2.8L V-6 Turbo achieves 255 horsepower (190 kW) and 258 lb.-ft.
of torque (350 Nm) in the 9-3, a 5-horsepower increase over 2007.
The 2.8L 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:
turbocharger delivering approximately 9 pounds of boost (0.6
heads made from 356T-6 aluminum and featuring sodium-filled
crankshaft and sinter-forged connecting rods strengthened for
anodized ring grooves designed for turbocharger boost pressure
Piston oil cooling
profiles designed for turbocharger performance
skin” exhaust manifolds with stainless steel inner liners
Haldex Gen 4 XWD
When it debuts later in
the model year, Haldex Gen 4 cross-wheel-drive technology brings
additional functionality while preserving the fun-to-drive
attributes that characterize Saab vehicles. XWD will be available on
the V-6 Sport Sedan and SportCombi models.
This pre-emptive, Active on Demand system is activated only when
required, improving fuel efficiency and giving the car a
rear-wheel-drive feel. It electronically engages the clutch before
take-off, avoiding wheel spin and achieving immediate and a maximum
traction. No front wheel slip is required before the rear wheels are
New Bose Centerpoint surround
A new entertainment
feature for 2008 that complements the 9-3’s turbocharged driving
experience is the top-of-the-line Bose Centerpoint surround sound
system. Bose engineers worked with Saab designers to develop the
system, using special design and analysis tools to take more than a
thousand measurements inside the vehicle to assess the acoustic
environment of the cabin.
While surround sound typically requires specially engineered
recordings, the Centerpoint signal processing circuitry is based on
the surround decoding technology in Bose home theater systems. As a
result, Saab owners receive five independent audio channels of
surround sound experience from their existing CD collection.
The Bose Centerpoint surround sound system is standard on the Aero
Sport Sedan and SportCombi, beginning with October 2007 production,
and available on the 2.0T models.
Interior cockpit: purposeful and
The 9-3 interior was
extensively redesigned for 2007 to include automatic climate control
and “infotainment” systems, a larger instrument cluster with chrome
details, and new trim.
For 2008, the enhancements continue, with available semi-aniline
leather upholstery that includes sport seats in Black (replacing
Gray) or Parchment.
Another practical enhancement includes an improved cupholder –
emphasizing Saab’s Scandinavian value that even the most basic
components function as well as they look.
For 2008, both XM Satellite Radio and OnStar are standard.
The SportCombi has taken
Saab into the premium midsize wagon segment 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 vehicles, 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 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 255 horsepower
(190 kW) and 258 lb.-ft. (350 Nm) of torque. A six-speed manual
gearbox is 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
The redesigned exterior also offers a sporty, distinctive
alternative to conventional wagon proportions, but retains the
traditional Saab “hockey stick” beltline, fastbackrear quarter
styling, steeply raked taillight lenses and LED bulbs.
Inside, the main cargo area floor lifts to divide the space into two
separate sections and to reveal additional storage in the recessed
9-3 Sport Sedan and Convertible
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
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.
For 2008, designers made the Convertible interior window frame and
A-pillar black, to better coordinate with the instrument panel. The
soft top headliner is Parchment, providing a more roomy feeling
inside the car when the soft top is up.
The 9-3 2.0T Sport Sedan and Convertible newly designed 16-inch
wheels, a power driver’s seat, body color rocker panels and bumper
skirts, 9-3 Aero models have the 255-horsepower (190 kW) 2.8L V-6
Turbo engine and a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic