New Saab 9-3 coming in 2012; will compete with the Audi A3

Saab will unveil the new generation 9-3 in late 2012. Built on an all-new platform (known internally as the "Phoenix Architecture"), the new model will also get a hatchback version reminiscent of the classic 900 and a cabriolet version. The new Saab 93 will have as main competitor the Audi A3 and will be priced at £18,000 (around $26,000 at the current rates).

The new model will take its design inspiration from the new 9-5 sedan, but it will also get an aerospace-influenced touch. On the interior it will feature the same wrap-around dashboard theme, but with a minimal look in comparison to the Saab 9-5 .

There are rumors saying that Saab has signed a contract with BMW to supply BMW-derived diesel and petrol engines, including the new 184bhp 1.6-litre, twin-scroll turbo Cooper S engine and the 112bhp 1.6-liter diesel engine used in the Countryman . The new engines will be coupled to an all-new six-speed manual gearbox and a four-wheel drive system.

Source: Autocar


With its less powerful performance and outdated look, I ’d rather choose its competitor. I bet the MINI would perform better compare to this car.

I couldn’t help but compare this vehicle with the Saab 9-5. The engine performance of this car is not that impressive compare to its predecessor. BTW, I don’t like the look of this vehicle it doesn’t look sporty.

As long as the people is willing to put on their money, automaker will continuous to a to car like this.

cool, i bet this will be a challenge to A3. in terms of looks and performance I’d go for A3

great design, very muscular and more angle than the audi a3. for sure this is a hard pick for the both car.

do they have the same performance level? or they are just competing for the design and looks?

it looks more aggressive than the audi a3.. it has the killer look of a sports car and comfort of a luxury vehicle.

nice this is a big competition for the both car.. my bet is for saab 9-3.

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