The Saab 9-3 is a critical component of the brand’s ongoing product offensive. For the 2007 model year, Saab refines the popular 9-3 range with a redesigned interior and new optional features.
The SportCombi moves Saab into the premium midsize wagon segment for the first time by combining distinctive design, sporty driving dynamics and the functionality of a five-door. Its strong, compact proportions reaffirm Saab’s tradition of sporty, versatile cars, and its cohesive five-door styling and solid, muscular stance clearly mark the SportCombi as a member of the 9-3 family.
Like the rest of the 9-3 range, the SportCombi is designed to deliver style, performance and surprising functionality. It appeals to customers who need the versatility of a wagon, including smart load-carrying features and a generously proportioned cargo area, without compromising their desire for driving satisfaction.
The top-of-the-line, high-performance Aero SportCombi model features a turbocharged aluminum 2.8L V-6 engine that makes 250 horsepower (186.4 kW) and 258 lb.-ft. (350 Nm) of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox comes standard, and a six-speed Sentronic automatic with steering wheel controls is available. The SportCombi can also be ordered with Saab’s 210 horsepower (157 kW) inline four-cylinder turbo.
With a wedge-like profile and Saab signature styling cues, the close-coupled proportions of the SportCombi include useful load-carrying features and a surprisingly spacious cargo area.
The exterior also offers a sporty, distinctive alternative to conventional wagon proportions, with the traditional Saab “hockey stick” beltline, fastbackrear quarter styling, steeply raked taillight lenses and LED bulbs.
The 9-3 SportCombi has zero lift levels at both axles (0.00 Clf and 0.00 Clr). The car has a drag coefficient of 0.33, impressive high-speed stability and a standard integrated rear roof spoiler.
Inside, the main cargo area floor lifts to divide the space into two separate sections and to reveal additional storage in the recessed subfloor.
The 2.8L V-6 Turbo, named one of the “10 Best Engines” by Ward’s AutoWorld Magazine, is the most sophisticated turbocharged engine ever offered in a Saab vehicle, delivering excellent responsiveness through low-speed torque and high-rpm power, as well as exceptional refinement. It features a technologically advanced 60-degree, dual overhead-cam architecture designed to produce strong power and excellent fuel economy to meet different needs in markets around the world.
Technology such as a twin-scroll turbocharger and variable intake valve timing helps the 2.8L V-6 Turbo achieve 250 horsepower (184 kW) and 258 lb.-ft. of torque (350 Nm) in the 9-3.
The V-6 has a lightweight aluminum cylinder block with iron cylinder sleeves, an aluminum structural oil pan and aluminum cylinder heads with four valves per cylinder. It builds on those strengths with components and technology developed specifically for the turbo system, including:
- Twin-scroll turbocharger delivering approximately 9 pounds of boost (0.6 bar)
- Integrated charge cooling
- Unique cylinder heads made from 356T-6 aluminum and featuring sodium-filled exhaust valves
- Forged steel crankshaft and sinter-forged connecting rods strengthened for turbocharged loads
- Pistons with anodized ring grooves designed for turbocharger boost pressure
- 9.5:1 compression ratio
- Piston oil cooling jets
- Unique camshaft profiles designed for turbocharger performance
- Hydroformed “dual skin” exhaust manifolds with stainless steel inner liners
- Engine-mounted oil cooler