The Saab 9-3 model which began as 1999 model year, was a refresh and continuation of theNG900.
Externally, the 9-3 did not look much different than the NG900, however there were some updates including a grille and brakelight and rear deck. In terms of the inside, the 9-5’s Saab Active Head Restraint system was carried over.
Over 1,100 changes to the vehicle took place such as chassis, and otherwise changing the driving and handling characteristics.
A rare performance model titled the Viggen variant debuted and was an instant success.
The 9-3 ended in 2002, effectively ending becoming the last hatchback model for Saab to produce since the introduction to the Combi Coupe all the way back in 1974.
Three door Coupe or Five door hatchback. front and rear spoilers. 1,830kgs
An updated version of the NG900 interior combined with appointments from that of the 9-5 including a new cupholder, center mounted ignition.
2001 MY Onstar added
Viggen Interiors had two tone leather seats with Viggen embossed on seat backs
Front – MacPherson spring struts with twin tube gas shock absorbers and anti-roll bar. Rear – H-formed, twisted beam rear axle with inner and outer anti-roll bars. Coil springs and twin tube gas shock absorbers. Power assisted rack and pinion steering, ABS Brakes, with Electronic Brake Force Distribution
Four cylinders, 16-valve engine. Three way catalytic converter and Lambda sensor. Saab Trionic, Turbocharger.
Transverse drive unit. Front wheel drive. Full synchromesh, five speed manual gearbox. Optional four speed, electronically controlled automatic transmission with three programmes and direct mechanical lock-up in third and fourth gears
The Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan global launch took place at the Canary Islands and marked the first Saab in the lineage since 1974 to be without a hatchback.
The Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan or 9-3 SS for short, was designed by Einar Hareide and is produced in Trollhattan, Sweden. The SportCombi was an addition to the 9-3 Sport Sedan model, but a design continuation of both the 9-3X Concept Car as well as the 9-3 Sport Hatch Concept designed by Einar Hareide,Taras Czorny, as well as Anthony Lo & Michael Mauer and the Convertible was designed in Sweden, yet it continues to be produced in Graz, Austria.
The Saab 9-3 SS has the highest crash test safety rating by the IIHS in comparison to the 9-3 and NG900 in 2004 and the convertible continues to be a leader in its segment.
This model for Saab came equipped with the following specifications:
2008 2.0T & Aero Models MY Facelift, New Front Bumper & Integrated Spoiler, Fog Lights, New Grill, Bi-Xenon Headlights, Corner Lights, Hood, Fenders, Rear Iceblock inspired tail lights, lowered rear emblem, trim removed & Turbo-X
2007 MY 2.0t & 2.0T & Aero Models 60th Anniversary Edition, BioPower Added
2005 MY Linear, Arc, Vector & Aero Models , Door Handles Match Car Color
2004 MY Linear, Arc, Vector & Aero Models
2003 MY Linear, Arc & Vector Models
World Class Safety, New Fiber Optic Electronics, New Interior, New Dashboard, infotainment system, second generation Saab Active Head Restraint System, load limiting seat belts, dual stage front and side airbags.
2008 MY Turbo-X Model Added
2007 MY Blacktie Radio Update
2006 MY Interior Update
‘ReAxs’ passive rear-wheel-steer characteristic. The kinetics of the rear suspension are
tuned for a unique rear-wheel-steer response designed to improve handling and stability.
Four-link independent rear suspension. High lateral stiffness adds stability and grip;
longitudinal compliance enhances ride comfort.
Low mounted steering rack gives excellent feel and precision with progressive power
assistance and fast response.
Front suspension is MacPherson struts with lower A-arms mounted on a hydroformed,
rubber-isolated sub-frame. High lateral bushing stiffness improves steering response and
precision; high longitudinal compliance contributes to ride comfort.
Advanced chassis electronic systems. Chassis features Saab-tuned â€œuser-friendlyâ€ ESP
(Electronic Stability Program), EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution), CBC
(Cornering Brake Control) and TCS (Traction Control System).
Optimized braking power. Front and rear brake discs are larger than previous model;
varying in size, depending on specification level.
Minimized unsprung weight for better ride quality. Hub carriers and toe and lower rear
suspension links are aluminum, while anti-roll bars are hollow section steel.
â€œShearâ€ bushing at top of rear shock absorber mountings adds to the compliant ride
quality and effective vibration suppression.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
2008 MY XWD (Cross-Wheel Drive) Added
New all-aluminum 2.0-liter turbo engine. Saab developed and tuned two versions of the
new engine for 175 hp (badged 2.0t) and 210 hp (badged 2.0T) with high torque for
confident passing. All internal components are unique to Saab. Balance shafts and dualmass
flywheel offer greater running refinement with fuel capacity of 62 liters.
2007 MY 1.9 litre TTiD Engine, BioPower Engine
2006 MY 2.8V6 To Aero Models
New five-speed automatic transmission and six-speed manual gearbox