2012 Saab 9-3 Griffin: official details, photos and specs

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 23, 2011

The 2012 Saab 9-3 Griffin was unveiled today featuring a refreshed exterior and interior styling and, as expected, a more powerful and fuel-efficient engine range. As expected, the 9-3 Griffin range replaces the current Sport Sedan, SportCombi, Convertible and 9-3X specifications and comes with new front bumpers, signature Saab ‘ice block’ headlamps and a Griffin badge on the front fenders.

Moreover, the front grille is more prominent and features a wing-shaped central bar carrying the SAAB wordmark, again like the 9-5 sedan. The front bumper features deep, trapezoidal air intake finished with black (a mesh insert on Aero variants), while the fog lamps are fitted as standard and a Griffin emblem, derived from the heraldic Saab badge.

The rear end the Saab wordmark replaces the badging on the chrome trim and all Sport Sedan variants receive a trunk-mounted spoiler. 16-inch wheels are now available as standard, while Aero variants and XWD variants receive 17-inch wheels.

New 17- and 18-inch wheel designs are also offered as an option. Inside, the new 9-3 Griffin receives a subtle makeover: Titanium metallic-effect trim is now seen on the instrument panel, gearshift molding, doors and glove box, and as an option for the instrument panel fascia.

The Aero versions feature a graphite fiber-effect, while a brushed metallic effect is available as an option for both standard and Aero variants. Shark grey fabric inserts now complement both the black and parchment standard leatherette seats, while irregularly ribbed leather with contrasting stitching is introduced for Aero upholstery, also inspired by the Aero X concept.

Under the hood, we will find new 2.0-liter gasoline engines delivering 163 and 220 hp. These engines will join the existing range: 130/160/180 hp 1.9 TTiD turbo diesel engines which offer very competitive CO2 emissions of just 119 g/km in the Sport Sedan.

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