More on the Saab 9-3 Facelift — Official Reveal

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More shots of the new Saab 9-3 have arrived on the i-spot on occasion of the new car's official reveal. As mentioned last week, the newly nipped and tucked mask — lifted from the Aero X concept — could be the least-significant change to GM's neglected Swede, what with that new Haldex AWD system with e-diff and turbo V6 upgrades said to be on the way. More officialities, after the jump.


Press Release:

New Saab 9-3 Range: Sharper Looks Showcase Enhanced Performance

The new Saab 9-3 range will feature bold styling, inspired by the award-winning Aero X concept car, backed by cutting edge technology for greater driving appeal. .


With all-new front bodywork, 'signature' lighting, new door panels and rear styling features, the latest generation 9-3 acquires a more focused, assertive stance, reflecting the introduction of technical advances aimed at delivering an even more rewarding experience behind the wheel.

Most noticeable is the sharper frontal styling, which adopts grille and hood themes first seen on the Aero X concept, together with a return of Saab's classic 'clamshell' design. This new 'face' is reinforced by other exterior changes that all combine to give the range a clearer, more distinctive Saab identity.

"We are introducing significant developments across three key areas: design, performance and handling," says Jan Åke Jonsson, Managing Director of Saab Automobile. "The result is a major step forward in strengthening the visual and driving appeal of our core product line-up, which accounts for about two-thirds of global sales."

The new 9-3 range comprises Sport Sedan, SportCombi and Convertible models, each offering a unique 'tri-fuel' engine choice of gasoline, diesel or BioPower (E85). Available in three forms, Linear, Vector and Aero, the range goes on sale from August (TBC).


Saab To Build STI Fightin' 9-3 [internal]

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That Saab 9-3, with AWD and a turbo 6? It'd be a sophisticated WRX (now that the current one looks like an orthopedic shoe) that my dad can drive (no stereotyping here, he's really a professor) and I can steal from him on a regular basis.