2011 Saab 9-3 Independence Edition marks firm’s freedom

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 23, 2011

In order to celebrate the first anniversary of its independence, Saab unveiled today the 2011 9-3 Convertible Independence Edition. As expected, the new car will be built in a limited edition of just 366 units, one of each day during the first year and one extra for the start of a second year.

The car was unveiled at firm’s assembly plant in Trollhättan, features a unique Amber Orange metallic paint finish and it is based on the top-of-the-line Griffin Aero specification.

Some of the features seen on these special edition are: five spoke 18-inch alloy wheels with a satin chrome/black finish, orange trimmed beige sports leather seats and glovebox, driver ‘welcome’ message in instrument display, unique turbo boost gauge, orange stitched sports leather steering wheel and carpet mats with grey piping.

Under the hood, the car comes with a choice of two engines: a 180 hp, 1.9-liter two-stage turbo diesel and a 220 hp 2.0-liter gasoline turbo with direct injection and variable valve timing.

According to the manufacturer, a Biopower version able to run on any combination of gasoline or E85 fuel is also available. All engine are mated to a six-speed automatic or manual transmission. P.S. Also check the all-new 2012 Saab 9-3 Griffin range!

The 9-3 Convertible is proof that Saab is leading in the premium convertible division and is the result of over two decades of experience in designing 4-seater, 4-season soft top cars that are not only practical but stylish as well.

Saab 9-3 Convertible has a top-of-its-class level of build quality, running refinement and structural integrity. The car’s innovative features further advance the Saab concept wherein “an open-top car should be more than just a convertible” by means of providing effective transport the whole year round. Aside from its functional traits, the Convertible presents its strong driving appeal by sharing the outstanding chassis dynamics of the 9-3 variety.

Balanced proportions plus a purposeful stance gives the car a strong, sporty personality that echoes its fun-to-drive charm, whether the roof is up or down.

Distinctive stand-alone design: It has a Scandinavian flair with clean and flowing lines, never cold or detached. It is an open top car that is unique in its own right, without any awkward styling compromises.

Clean rear deck styling: Pop-up toll bars plus a retractable rear head are made more efficient by twin fairings and hint at the sporty character of the Convertible.

Bold frontal styling: It has a prominent central grill with a wing motif inspired by the Aero X concept car, like the U-shaped pressing in the clamshell hood of the classic Saab. The form of the headlamp units and grille is matched by a smooth bumper molding that has a deep trapezoidal air intake.

Coupé-like appearance: Six cross-braces plus strong tensioning give the soft-top a taut and smooth appearance.

Unique Surround: Trim It has a U-shaped styling that starts from the base of the A-pillars and extends to the top of the doors, rear side trims as well as tonneau cover. With keys covered in metallic colors, it unites the front and rear areas for passengers and brings together the top surfaces of the exterior that go in whenever the top is up.

Hydraulically-powered, 3-layer roof With automatic self-latching to the windshield header, it fully deploys in 20 seconds, making it one of the fastest in its class.

Rain gutter sewn into the soft-top fabric sides: This keeps water from dripping down onto the seats whenever the door is opened.

Lightweight design: It comes with aluminum parts: soft-top frame, front header rail and swiveling braces.

Unique tonneau cover operation: For faster roof deployment, the tonneau comes with a unique 2-stage cycle. It moves up horizontally then moves rearward, parallel to the trunk’s top, offering a more robust operation and efficient sealing.

CargoSET' Automatic trunk expansion: The soft-top is attached to flexible 'concertina' storage well. If the roof is in place, the well retracts, freeing useful cargo space inside the trunk.

Class-competitive 0.34 Cd with roof up: The soft-top resists highspeed ballooning.

Press Release

LIMITED EDITION SAAB CONVERTIBLE CELEBRATES FIRST YEAR OF INDEPENDENCE

• Saab celebrates year of independence with launch of numbered limited edition
• Saab 9-3 Convertible Independence Edition based on Aero specification
• Unique colour and interior trim features
• Available with 1.9-litre TTiD 180hp engine and six-speed automatic transmission

Saab is celebrating the first anniversary of its independence by launching an exclusive Independence Edition of its 9-3 Convertible. Just 366 examples will be produced, one for each day during the first year and one extra for the start of a second year. Only 80 of these vehicles will be produced for the UK, ensuring its exclusivity.

Unveiled at Saab's assembly plant in Trollhättan as part of a day of celebration, the Independence Edition features a unique, Amber Orange metallic paint finish. It is based on top-of-the-line Aero specification and includes a limited edition serial number etched into the rear side windows.

The Independence Edition is further distinguished by:
• Five spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels with a satin chrome/black finish
• Parchment sport leather seats and glovebox with amber orange highlights
• Carbon-fibre look leather finish for the instrument panel, handbrake, gearshift moulding and door handles
• Driver 'welcome' message in instrument display, unique turbo boost gauge
• Orange stitched sport leather steering wheel and carpet mats with grey piping
The sole powertrain offered is a 180 hp, 1.9-litre twin turbo diesel with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Independence Edition follows a successful tradition of special Saab Convertible models launched at springtime. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the start of sales for the first Saab Convertible, a car which created a segment as a true four season, four seater convertible.

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