The 150 hp 112 kW version 1. In addition, the Arc received the 5-speed manual in place of the 6-speed. Three 12V powerpoints -- in the lower instrument panel, front console, and cargo area -- complete the picture. The first generation 9-3 was also the first Saab available with a diesel engine, a unit also found in the , Astra G, Signum, Zafira A. New buyers of Viggens in the U.
The new 9-3, like all other Saabs, remained a car. The car was to have a hybrid drivetrain and was to be released in both a premium Aero and an economy Vector variant. The SportCombi seats--particularly the firmish but well-formed and highly adjustable front buckets--are made for long-distance cruising. The manual transmission in the 2. A Saab innovation is the '', carried over from the Saab 900, which permits dousing of the instrument panel lighting, except for essential information, for less distraction when night driving. The dash, shift lever and door panels have carbon fiber look and the turbo boost gauge draws its inspiration from the. The former uses a turbocharged I-4 engine, the latter a T-charged V-6.
Snow Silver became a new exterior color. There were 21 cars, and 26 ones. In the United States, but not in most countries, the 2005 was the last year of the Linear and Arc versions. Transmission choices include a five-speed manual or optional five-speed automatic in the 2. The 175 hp 130 kW version 2. The SportCombi maintains basic 9-3 design cues inside, as well. All of the engines, other than the normally aspirated version and the low-pressure turbo, had high specific power outputs.
The replacement of the 9-3, which had been renamed 900 by that time, was to have 1. Originally, the 9-3 was due to début with the in October 2001, at the , but in July 2001, it was announced that delays had forced to postpone the introduction. Other changes included rear badging in line with all new saloon, 'ice block' style headlights, New bumper design, titanium metallic effect trim around instrument panel, gearshift, doors and glove box. The Saab 9-3 was launched in 1997 for the 1998 model year essentially as a rebadged 2nd Generation 1994—1997 model , and succeeded by a redesigned 9-3 for the 2003 model year. Reassuring stops come from big 2.
Contrast stitching on leather upholstery. Sedan and convertible models also received trunk-lid spoilers. In 2003, Saab produced only the convertible model of this line — other models were replaced by the second generation 9-3. Saab expands its midsize 9-3 lineup with a smartly-styled, well-mannered crossover sportwagon that offers even more practicality and a choice of turbocharged I-4 or V-6 engines. The 9-3 was first based on the and subsequently changed to the. Most buyers will match it with the Sentronic automatic, but new cable linkage on both manual gearboxes that delivers smoother, more precise shifts adds considerable appeal to the do-it-yourself gearbox. It is powered by a 2.
The 9-3 and the were the first of the global , which was then lengthened to accommodate four new cousins, the , the , and the. Archived from on October 10, 2008. A well-engineered unit body made from 60 percent high-strength steel gives the SportCombi nearly the same overall rigidity as its Sedan counterpart. In 1999, the Viggen was the first 9-3 to use Saab's 7 engine management system. The Linear and Arc versions continued to be sold in most other countries.
The ignition switch is in its classic Saab floor-mount position, alongside a cleverly integrated handbrake lever that forms the left margin rail of the center console. By that time, Saab had run into serious problems, but work on the PhoeniX platform and the 9-3 replacement continued, even when Saab went into voluntary reconstruction in September 2011. The new owner of the Saab estate, , initially stated that they intended to start producing the all-electric 9-3 ePower to be launched in China by late 2013 or early 2014. The updated 9-3 have been tested favourably by motoring magazines. All 20 Years Edition Aero Convertibles were offered in metallic electric blue.
Saab fills outs its highest-volume model line for 2006 by adding the new 9-3 SportCombi crossover wagon alongside the existing Convertible and Sedan models. The work on the new platform culminated in the unveiling of the at the in March 2011. It was available as a three or five-door , and as a two-door. In October 2010 a number of prototypes were produced and evaluated against the prototypes made in 2007. Archived from on 4 January 2012.