2011 Saab 9-3 introducing major powertrain improvements

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 9, 2010

After an 18-month development program that focused on achieving an average 12% reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, Saab engineers are now able to offer class-leading diesel performance figures for model year 2011. For instance, the 9-3 Sport Sedan’s 180 hp 1.9 TTiD unit emits only 119 g/km of CO2 and has a combined cycle fuel consumption of 4.5 l/100km.

The SportCombi returns 4.6 l/100km and emits 122 g/km while the 9-3 Convertible, available with the 160 and 180 hp engines, has 5.1 l/100km and 134 g/km. According to a company statement, a slightly taller final drive was installed to the transmission of the Sport Sedan and SportCombi to optimize emissions and fuel consumption.

This was designed in such a way as to not affect the top speed or the standing start acceleration. The company also stated that the shorter final drive ratio is retained for the Convertible.

Further enhancements include the following: the continuation of the TX Edition for all bodystyles; the introduction of a 163 hp gasoline turbo engine with Saab XWD; and the addition of a ‘change-up’ indicator in the instrument cluster for economical driving.

TX variants stand out due to a titanium-like finish to the grille, front bumper insert and other exterior detailing, as well as 17 or 18-inch split-spoke alloy wheels. The cabin’s appearance becomes distinctive with its carbon fiber trim, a thick-rimmed leather steering wheel and unique carpet mats.

Consumers can choose from six exterior colors. In Linear specification, the TX edition is available in a variety of colors, and comes with front fog lamps, 16-inch split-spoke alloy wheels, carbon fiber cabin trim and a sports leather steering wheel.

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