The Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan : 2003 – Present

Posted on 03. Dec, 2008 by in 2000-2009, 9-3 SS


Photo Credit: Saab Automobile

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.

It has the highest crash test safety rating by the IIHS in comparison to the 9-3 and NG900 in 2004.

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

Interior: 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
2005 MY
2004 MY
2003 MY


‘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 “user-friendly” 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.
“Shear” bushing at top of rear shock absorber mountings adds to the compliant ride
quality and effective vibration suppression.
Refined Performance’
Tire Pressure Monitoring System

2008 MY XWD (Cross-Wheel Drive) Added

Engine: 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


Wheelbase 105.3″
Front Track 59.8″
Rear Track 59.3″
Length 182.”
Width 68.3″
Height 56.8″
Performance Max Speed
Acceleration 0-60 mph

Global Production:

Model Year – Units

2003 MY – ?
2004 MY – ?
2005 MY – ?
2006 MY – ?
2007 MY – ?
2008 MY – ?

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