Saab Automobile Includes XWD for 2.0 Liter Engines

Posted on 23. Jul, 2008 by in 2000-2009, 9-3 SS

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This just in from Saab Automobile, providing more information about the industry leading XWD Cross-Wheel Drive technology, now available in 2.0 Liter Engines. This means better fuel efficiency AND safety, in one incredible package.

I cannot wait to test drive this combination this winter season in New England during a nice snowstorm. It is time overdue. We all need to see this because as we have seen at the recent Turbo-X test drive event, we don’t doubt the performance, but we’re all waiting to see the real-life experience with the cross-wheel drive system.

Here is the full press release below:

Photo Credit: Saab Automobile

2008-07-22

Model Year 2009 Saab 9-3 Range:

Class-leading Saab XWD With Signature 2.0-liter Turbo Power

Saab’s widely-acclaimed all-wheel-drive system – Saab XWD – is given a broader appeal in the latest 9-3 Sport Sedan and SportCombi range by being teamed with classic Saab four-cylinder turbo power, in addition to the current 2.8V6 turbo application.

Featuring new generation, active control to bring the driver and car even closer together, the innovative XWD system now leverages the benefits of Saab’s smaller, 2.0-liter turbo engine. “This makes a very nimble handling package for the 9-3 range,” says Per Jansson, Vehicle Integration Engineer for Saab XWD.

“Saab is best known for using a relatively small four-cylinder turbo engine and our XWD system makes a perfect partner. Its compact and sophisticated design improves weight distribution, as well as handling and traction.”

Aligning signature Saab turbo power with XWD introduces a total traction choice for Linear and Vector, as well as Aero, variants of the latest 9-3 line-up. The XWD system also includes an optional, active rear limited-slip differential (eLSD), an innovation for this segment of the market.

The all-aluminum, four-cylinder engine delivers 210 hp (155 kW) at 5,300 rpm and impressive torque of 300 Nm between 2,500 – 4,000 rpm. A sports chassis set-up, with stiffer springs and dampers, larger brake discs and 18/19-inch alloy wheels, is a further option for XWD variants with this engine.

Saab XWD is an ‘intelligent’, active system that continuously distributes engine torque between the front and rear axles, giving optimum handling and grip in all driving conditions. On the open road, it operates seamlessly and helps the driver keep the car stable by splitting drive torque to counteract oversteer or understeer characteristics when cornering.

To optimize traction at take-off, Saab XWD also features an innovative, pre-emptive engagement of the rear wheels. Unlike conventional all-wheel-drive systems, this eliminates the need to detect front wheel slip before rear drive is activated.

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