H Saab αποκάλυψε στον κόσμο το ανανεωμένο 9-3 καθώς και το Independence Edition. Το facelift το ονόμασε Griffin και διαθέτει νέο προφυλακτήρα, νέα φωτιστικά σώματα και επανασχεδιασμένη μάσκα με τα γράμματα του λογότυπου της Saab να είναι μεγαλύτερα. Στο πίσω μέρος έχουν τοποθετηθεί τα χρωμιομένα διακοσμητικά στην έκδοση SportCombi με την sedan έκδοση να αποκτά μια διακριτική αεροτομή. Οι αλλαγές στο εξωτερικό ολοκληρώνονται με τις ζάντες 16″ και 17″. Στο εσωτερικό ξεχωρίζουν τα νέα titanium metallic διακοσμητικά (graphite fiber στην έκδοση Aero), οι νέες δερμάτινες επενδύσεις με γκρι υφασμάτινα ενθέματα καθώς και οι νέες αποθηκευτικές θήκες στα πλαϊνά των μπροστά καθισμάτων.

Από μηχανικής πλευράς οι κινητήρες έχουνε δεχτεί μερικές μικρές αλλαγές κυρίως ως προς βελτίωση της κατανάλωσης και την μείωση των εκπομπών. Έτσι ο 2.0λιτρος turbo κινητήρας αποδίδει 163 άλογα με 320 Nm ροπής στην μικρή έκδοση και 220 άλογα με 350 Nm ροπής.

Στο περίπτερο βρίσκεται και η Convertible Independence Edition. Διαθέτει τις ίδιες αναβαθμίσεις με το ανανεωμένο μοντέλο και είναι διαθέσιμο μόνο στο νέο κόκκινο-κεραμιδί χρώμα και διαθέτει ζάντες 18″. Στο εσωτερικό ξεχωρίζουν οι δερμάτινες επενδύσεις με πορτοκαλί πινελιές. Πορτοκαλί είναι επίσης και η βελόνα του οργάνου ένδειξης της πίεσης της τουρμπίνας ενώ έχει διαθέτει ψεύτικα carbon διακοσμητικά και νέο πίνακα οργάνων. Από μηχανικής πλευράς το αυτοκίνητο θα εφοδιάζεται με τον 2.0λιτρο turbo κινητήρα του Saab 9-5 απόδοσης 220 ίππων με μόλις 366 αυτοκίνητα να βγαίνουνε από την γραμμή παραγωγής της Saab.

Saab 9-3 Convertible Independence Edition
Saab 9-3 Facelift

[Πηγή: Saab | Live Photos Copyright: Casper Heij at Autoblog.nl]

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New Saab 9-3 Griffin Range: Refreshed styling, more power, lower emissions

  • Saab 9-3 Griffin range replaces current 9-3 offer
  • Refreshed exterior and interior styling
  • 9-3 SportCombi TTiD now gives exceptional 119g CO2/km and 180 hp
  • New direct injection gasoline engines give more power and 4% average gain in fuel consumption/CO2

Trollhättan, Sweden: The new Saab 9-3 Griffin range, announced today, features refreshed exterior and interior styling, backed by a more powerful, fuel-efficient engine range.

Replacing the current Sport Sedan, SportCombi, Convertible and 9-3X specifications, the 9-3 Griffin range is distinguished by new front bumpers, signature Saab ‘ice block’ headlamps and a Griffin badge on the front fenders. Inside, the instrument panel, cabin décor and seat upholstery are all given a fresh look. Two specifications are offered, standard and Aero.

Under the hood, new 2.0-liter gasoline engines give 163 and 220 hp and include direct injection, variable valve timing and twin scroll turbocharging. Combined cycle fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are reduced on average by 4% across the range.

These new engines join the current 130/160/180 hp 1.9 TTiD turbo diesel line-up which offers very competitive CO2 emissions of just 119 g/km in the Sport Sedan – class-leading efficiency in terms of CO2 per unit of horsepower for the 180 hp variant. Further fine tuning has now also delivered a remarkable 119 g/km for the SportCombi, together with equally impressive 4.5 l/100 km combined cycle fuel consumption.

E85-compatible Saab BioPower variants of both gasoline engines are also available, and six-speed transmissions become standard across the entire powertrain line-up.

Fresh looks Externally, the 9-3 Griffin range adopts the ‘ice block’ headlamp effect introduced on the new 9-5 sedan. Inspired by the Aero X concept, the units have a distinctive blue/green hue in daylight. The grille also features a more prominent, wing-shaped central bar carrying the SAAB wordmark, again like the 9-5 sedan.

Re-profiled front bumpers include a deep, trapezoidal air intake finished with black, ribbed bars, or a mesh insert for Aero variants. Front fog lamps are fitted as standard and a Griffin emblem, derived from the heraldic Saab badge, appears on the side of the front fenders.

At the rear, the SAAB wordmark replaces badging on the chrome trim and all Sport Sedan variants receive a trunk-mounted spoiler. 16-inch alloy wheels are now fitted as standard, increasing to 17-inch for Aero and Saab XWD variants. New 17- and 18-inch wheel designs are also offered.

The cabin receives a subtle makeover. Titanium metallic-effect trim is introduced around the instrument panel, gearshift molding, doors and glove box, and as an option for the instrument panel fascia. The Aero interior features a graphite fiber-effect for all these items, including the fascia. A brushed metallic effect is also introduced as an option for both standard and Aero variants.

Shark grey fabric inserts now complement both the black and parchment standard leatherette seats, while irregularly ribbed leather with contrasting stitching is introduced for Aero upholstery, also inspired by the Aero X concept.

In both specifications, a useful storage pocket for small items, carrying a Griffin name tag, is fitted to the side of the front seatbacks. The Convertible’s unique seats have a name tag only.

More power, lower fuel consumption and emissions Further fine tuning for 9-3 Griffin SportCombis fitted with 130/160/180 hp TTiD engines has further improved CO2 emissions and fuel consumption to 119 g/km and 4.5 l/100 km, respectively, over the combined cycle. Like the Sport Sedan, the 180 hp SportCombi clearly leads its class in terms of low CO2 emissions and fuel consumption per unit of horsepower.

More efficient gasoline engines deliver an average combined cycle improvement of 4% in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. This is in addition to a 10 hp increase over the current 210 hp top-of-the-line offer. With power ratings of 163 hp (120 kW)/ 320 Nm and 220 hp (162 kW)/ 350 Nm, both new engines are available with front-wheel drive and XWD, Saab’s advanced all-wheel-drive system.

The use of variable valve timing and direct injection improves fuel consumption, emissions and performance. Hydraulically operated vane-type cam phasers enable both the inlet and exhaust valve timing to be adjusted independently, according to varying engine speed and load. The many benefits include a broader spread of torque, higher maximum power and improved fuel consumption.

Direct injection delivers fuel under high pressure directly into the combustion chamber. This enables the separation of air and fuel delivery, allowing improved scavenging of the combustion chamber to give substantially more low-end torque and reduced engine knocking.

A twin-scroll turbocharger is also used, which virtually eliminates turbo lag at low engine speeds. Each scroll on the turbine is fed by a separate exhaust passage from a pair of cylinders, enabling a throttle response comparable to that of a naturally-aspirated engine. Other features include twin counter-rotating balance shafts for smooth running and a forged steel crankshaft for added strength.

Limited Edition Saab Convertible Celebrates First Year of Independence

  • Saab celebrates year of independence with launch of numbered limited edition
  • Saab 9-3 Convertible Independence Edition based on Aero specification
  • Unique color and interior trim features
  • Choice of three turbo engines: diesel, gasoline and BioPower

Trollhättan, Sweden: Saab is celebrating the first anniversary of its independence by launching an exclusive Independence Edition of its 9-3 Convertible. Just 366 examples will be produced, one for each day during the first year and one extra for the start of a second year.

Unveiled at Saab’s assembly plant in Trollhättan as part of a day of celebration, the Independence Edition features a unique, Amber Orange metallic paint finish. It is based on top-of-the-line Griffin Aero specification and includes a limited edition number etched into the rear side windows. The Independence Edition is further distinguished by:

  • Five spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels with a satin chrome/black finish
  • Orange trimmed beige sports leather seats and glovebox
  • Carbon-fiber look leather finish for the instrument panel, handbrake, gearshift molding and door handles
  • Driver ‘welcome’ message in instrument display, unique turbo boost gauge
  • Orange stitched sports leather steering wheel and carpet mats with grey piping

The powertrain choice comprises a 180 hp, 1.9-liter two-stage turbo diesel; a 220 hp, 2.0-liter gasoline turbo with direct injection and variable valve timing, and a Biopower version able to run on any combination of gasoline or E85 fuel. All engines are available with six-speed automatic or manual transmissions.

The Independence Edition follows a successful tradition of special Saab Convertible models launched at springtime. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the start of sales for the first Saab Convertible.