The prices and specifications for the new and improved 2012 Saab model year 9-3 model range have been announced by Saab GB, the official importer for the UK market. This range, which starts selling next month, is offered in two trim levels: SE and Aero. Both feature automatic dimming mirrors inside and outside the vehicle and offer electric folding mirrors and automatic rain sensor wipers as standard.
This means that the buyer gets to save £400. All the model year upgrades receive interior and exterior enhancements, raised standard specification, powerful twin turbo diesel and petrol engines, reduced CO2 emissions and improved fuel economy. As a result, the 9-3 range has become even more appealing.
In a release, Charles Toosey, Managing Director at Saab GB, said that he is confident that the 9-3 range will be very successful in the UK as it will be attractive to motorists who want a vehicle that offers high performance, low emissions, and high levels of standard equipment and competitive pricing.
In addition, the range’s two new 2.0-liter petrol turbo engines deliver either 163 hp or 220 hp and feature direct injection, variable valve timing and twin-scroll turbocharging.
These two engines are available with a six-speed manual and automatic transmission. The new manual 220hp 2.0-litre petrol 9-3 Aero Saloon and SportWagon have CO2 emissions that are below 160g/km. The base model 2.0 saloon, which is powered by a petrol engine that’s mated to a 6-speed manual, is priced at £21,495 OTR in the SE trim level.
Meanwhile, prices for the petrol-powered version can go up to £33,550 for the 2.0 T XWD Convertible Aero with an Automatic 6-speed gearbox. The diesel range has a base price of £22,495 and it is powered by a 1.9-liter engine with 3 power outputs (130 hp, 160 hp and 180 hp).
A fresh and progressive expression of Saab’s distinguished character is the result of classic and contemporary design themes incorporated in the brand’s styling strategy. The Saab grille evolves and adopts an Aero X concept car theme. Innovative headlamps featuring a thin 'eyebrow' lighting zone design, a Saab signature feature, complements the grille. These loops end in an upswept rear edge, which showcases classic 900 model design themes and the brand’s 9-5 range.
In reference to the company’s aircraft heritage, it retains the grille’s central wing design. The latest look also adopts the ‘clamshell’ hood, another Saab signature feature. The hood closes from the top of the unit’s front wings. Its hood pressing features an extensive U-shaped line, which is a design first seen on the Saab’s Aero X, echoing the windshield’s curves. The swept-back front lines match the front bumper and the splitter assembly, which comes with a trapezoidal air intake that is even more prominent on its Aero editions.
Deep black vents are framed in a matte chrome finish just like the grille. These would be comparable to the jet engine intakes, consistent with the Aero X concept. The Sport Sedans and Convertible versions now include smoked white light clusters at the rear. The bumper moldings have been modified to be deeper with surfaces that are curved and uninterrupted. The trunk lids of these models have also been modified to contain a new life handle trim in matte chrome and an integrated badge that is similar to the SportCombi.
A cleaner appearance and a more cohesive impression is the result of removing all outer rubbing strips from the model’s bumpers and doors, which on the Convertible are color-keyed. A simplified and uncluttered design is adopted for the new door panels with improved color-keyed handles.
The front and rear sill extensions are visually incorporated with the new bumper moldings’ scalloped corners. Other enhancements to the model’s exterior are new flat wiper blades, which are designed to reduce wind noise, and modern 18-inch alloy wheels, which are now an available option for all variants aside from the 1.8i models. Two new exterior colors are included in the range, one of which is a Snow Silver metallic finish that is similar to the Aero X.