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  Saab 9-3 Aero

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Country of origin:Sweden
Produced from:2002 - 2007
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionThe all-new Saab 9-3 Sport Saloon spearheads the arrival of an entirely new family of cars, each focused on meeting the particular requirements of a different niche in the market. As Saab's first contender in the premium compact sport saloon segment, the focus for the all-new 9-3 is dedicated to delivering a unique, 'fun to drive' experience that promises to set new standards for the sector.

The coupe-like silhouette, with steeply raked front and rear screens and short front and rear overhangs, communicates a strong, sporty stance, which is reinforced by negative wheel cambers. The shape of the windows and the sharp wedge-like profile also combine with the integrated headlamps and grille to give the new 9-3 its distinctive Saab identity.

Impressive aerodynamics, including a highly competitive 0.28 drag coefficient, result in low lift forces at the rear axle, improving high speed stability and braking. Careful airflow management also rewards the driver by helping to prevent road grime building up on the rear windows and lights.

The 9-3 comes with a choice of three 2-litre, all-aluminium Turbocharged engines, ranging in power from 150 bhp to 210 bhp, plus a 125 bhp 2.2-litre Turbo Diesel. The front-wheel-drive transmissions include five and six speed manual gearboxes, and a five-speed automatic with Saab Sentronic manual selection and the option of steering wheel paddle shift controls. There are three specification level 'Forms': Linear, Arc and Vector, plus an Aero high performance variant.

Compared to its predecessor, the new Saab 9-3 offers more spacious accommodation, particularly for rear passengers, within the same overall length. Front and rear width is increased by 55 mm and the wheelbase is 71 mm longer.

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