Saab is continuing its efforts to become a self-sustaining company by making plans for the next generation Saab 9-3 and the timing has been set as Saab has announced that the new 9-3 will be making its world debut in 2012, most likely at the Paris Auto Show. The new model will feature a more dramatic exterior style, but it will also get a new electric four-wheel drive system that will improve fuel economy by 10%. This system was developed by engineering specialist American Axle and uses a newly designed multi-link rear suspension and two electric motors.

Jason Castriota, Saab’s new design director, said that the exterior styling has already been decided, with only small details - like headlamps - still needing to be chosen.

The 2012 Saab 9-3 will be offered with a new 200 HP 1.6-liter turbocharged petrol engine used by the Mini Countryman. There will also be a range of new diesel engines, but company sources would not be drawn on the likely source, saying only that “both parties are open to explore further opportunities as part of this relationship in the future”. Previous reports have suggested that the new Saab may include the new 184bhp 1.6-liter, 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

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  (517) posted on 08.22.2012

It’s really a bad idea for them to choose to become a self-sustaining company. Even if they made Saab 9-3 (which is really a good car), their future is still in a high risk.

  (448) posted on 08.15.2011

I don’t like the wheel for this Saab 9-3 it didn’t suit the classy exterior of it, but I must say that the design is bit confusing, it seems that this car is for a small person only.

  (780) posted on 11.25.2010

SAAB really needs to expand its product line. Having just 2 or 3 models may not be enough in today’s competitive marketplace

  (518) posted on 11.15.2010

GM should have focused itself on creating strong 9-3 and 9-5’s. I am afraid they have really alienated its core constituency; it was a small base to start with and is probably much smaller due to GM’s negligence.

  (570) posted on 10.15.2010

Really nice looking Saab coupe, of which I think would sell fairly good (for a Saab anyways) and could possibly even be somewhat competitive in the affordable Lexus Coupe realm.

  (858) posted on 10.15.2010

i do like it, looks more aggressive yet much classier. the hood is a nice detail.

  (347) posted on 10.12.2010

looks Subaru with the low engine compartment and the way the c ar transitions into the trunk. the wheels remind me of the 9-2x. too bad Subaru won’t be turning this one out.

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