25 years ago (back in 1983) Saab was presenting its first ever Convertible model at the Frankfurt Auto Show. In order to celebrate its anniversary GM is presenting the Special Edition 9-3. It will go on sale in January 2009 and will be priced at $46,725.
It will be available in three metallic colors to include Jet Black, Carbon Grey and the new Bright Champagne. It will feature Saab’s signature 2.0-liter, 210 hp four cylinder engine and can be matched to six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmissions.
This special edition for the Aussies only was launched to celebrate the arrival of spring. Remember, while many of us are bundling up for winter, Australia is starting to heat up. Nothing better than to keep warm thoughts than a hot Aussie model in a convertible (we’d probably not even be posting this story otherwise.)
For the first time in Australia, the Aero convertible will feature the 1.9-liter, 177 hp TTiD diesel engine in addition to the 2.8-liter, 376 hp V6 Turbo and both engine variants can be matched to six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions. The Special Edition features 18” wheels in silver, new front bumper treatments and sports steering wheel.
Saab will unveil at the Paris Auto Show the 9-X "Air" BioHybrid, a concept that redefines the look of a four-seat convertible by exploiting the distinction between a folding roof and a folding soft-top.
The 9-X Air was conceived in parallel with its 9-X BioHybrid sibling and, as a result, it is a design free from compromise or adaptation. The shape of the windshield and frontal styling, for example, was designed to work in both applications. The two cars share a focus on efficiency, with a powertrain that uses engine rightsizing, turbocharging, biofuel and hybrid technology to deliver sporty performance together with a significantly reduced environmental impact.
Running on E85 fuel (85% bioethanol/ 15% gasoline), the engine delivers a sporty 200 hp, giving 0 to 60 mph acceleration in 8.1 seconds and projected CO2 tailpipe emissions of just 107 g/km over the combined cycle. Compared to gasoline, the overall environmental impact on a source-to-wheel basis of using E85 is even more beneficial.
The Saab Chile web page revealed the first official images and details on the 2010 9-4X. The official unveiling will be made next year at the Detroit Auto Show.
According to the official informations from Saab, the 2010 9-4X will be powered by a 2.0 turbo engine that delivers 245 hp at 5,300rpm and 400 Nm of torque at 1900rpm. The engine will be mated to a six speed sequential SENTRONIC gearbox.
The 0 to 60 mph sprint will be made in 6,4 seconds, while the top speed will be limited to 155 mph.
As previously reported, GM will unveil at the Paris Auto Show a new concept car that previews the 9-1 production car. It will be called 9X Air concept and it was previewed in Detroit before its official launch in France.
Few details were revealed about the concept. All we know is that it will feature a soft top, a speedster profile and a high-tech gauge panel and will be available with two USB ports and a battery you can’t change.
Saab today announced changes and pricing on the 2009 line-up. For 2009 the 9-3 will be offered with XWD cross-wheel-drive technology on 9-3 2.0T Sport Sedan and SportCombi models and a new 2.0T “Sport” model.
The Saab 9-3 2.0T XWD Sport Sedan and SportCombi will come standard with additional equipment such as a winter package, moonroof and automatic transmission, while a 6-speed manual is also available.
The 2009 Saab lineup consists of the 9-3 range (2.0T and Aero Sport Sedan, SportCombi and Convertible); the 9-5 range (2.3T and Aero Sport Sedan and SportCombi) and the 9-7X SUV range (4.2i, 5.3i and Aero).
Prices are as follow: The 9-3 will start from $28,835 for the 9-3 2.0T Sport Sedan and will go up to $49,610 for the 9-3 Aero V6T Convertible. The 9-5 will start from $38,830 for the 9-5 2.3T Sedan and will go up to $40,765 for the 9-5 Aero SportCombi. For the 9-7X prices will start from $40,935 for the 4.2i and will go up to $47,425 for the Aero version.
Saab revealed a new sketch of the 2010 9-5, a model that will is supposed to "wow the Saab community," according to Saab General Manager, Steve Shannon. The car will make its world debut next year at the Geneva Motor Show with sales to begin later in the year.
With design inspired by the Aero-X Concept, the future 9-5 will be a four-door coupe model (around 193 inches in length) and feature a new heads-up instrument display.
Saab will unveil at the Paris Auto Show the 9-3X crossover and a preview version of the next-generation 9-3.
The 9-3X is a variant of the current 9-3 Sportwagon estate featuring XWD four-wheel-drive system plus raised ground clearance, extra under-body protection, larger bumpers and other SUV-alike styling details. It will compete with models like Subaru Legacy Outback, Volvo XC70, Audi Allroad and Skoda Octavia Scout.
The 9-3 will be unveiled in 2010 or 2011 and will be based on GM’s Delta platform (shared with the Chevrolet Cruze, next-generation Vauxhall Astra and related models).
The 9-3 concept is a convertible version of the 9-X Biohybrid concept seen at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year.
The Saab 9-X Concept was unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show and was supposed to be a preview version of the future 9-1. But now company insiders revealed the concept has been put on hold because it has to be "re-defined".
The problem is the platform of the car. It seems that 9-X could not survive translation to a much smaller platform, and possible lower price tag, and could simply become a more conventional premium supermini in the mould of the upcoming Polo-based Audi A1.
Features such as the active aerodynamics package - which saw the 9-X’s rear spoiler and rear undertray extend when the car was travelling at speed in order to improve economy - would probably be lost, as would the innovative interior design.
Anyway the 9-X Concept will still be used into the future 9-3 line-up as a kind of three-door ’eco-coupe’.
The production version of the 9-X concept was supposed to be unveiled in 2011, but will need to wait a bit longer for it.