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Another Great Review In the U.K. Of The 2010 Saab 9-3x

Posted on 01. Sep, 2009 by .

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This is another Saab 9-3x Cross-Combi review from a journalist in the United Kingdom. I think the article was quite well written, but what I would have liked to read in addition to what we already know about this new addition to the current 9-3 lineup, is something about the TTiD model as well.

I realize this model is all about the the cross-wheel drive (XWD) and the ride height, but what I think would have been a bigger advantage is if this model could have had both a TTiD engine option for the torque in concert with XWD, but I understand that combination is not available with the 9-3x, unfortunately.

However, this is a great review and I hope to continue to see more just like it with the option of reviewing the 1.9 liter TTiD engine too.

All-wheel-drive with a 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine and you are guaranteed an action-packed, smooth, road-hugging ride full of thrills but no spills.

That’s exactly what’s on offer with the latest Saab 9-3 SportWagon, along with plenty of class-leading spec and great comfort levels.

Admittedly, the £28,000-plus starting price on this model is not cheap, but sometimes the value for money is all too apparent and this is such a case.

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control with a chilled glove box, cruise control, a car computer, seven-speaker CD system, the Saab Information Display which incorporates outside temperature, fuel consumption and fuel range plus 18in alloy wheels.

The optional extras – which were included on the test car for a little less than £5,000 – added a DVD sat nav system with a 6.5in colour touch screen, dark tinted windows, leather heated front seats, dual electric seats with memory settings and plenty more.

So this car comes packed with incredible levels of luxury and when you add the outstanding comfort for driver and passengers alike, and all-round visibility, it really becomes a pleasure to travel in it.

But, for me, the real thrill is in the drive itself. Bursting with power, the 2.0-litre turbo-driven engine delivers plenty of pace and with that all-wheel-drive, you can be certain it’s grip will be reliable in all conditions on all surfaces. But I suppose you might expect that sort of quality from a Swedish-based manufacturer.

In and around town, the 9-3 was a pleasure to drive, but it’s out on the open road that it excels as you shift smoothly through the tightly-grouped six speed transmission.

Another fun factor of this vehicle is being able to watch the turbo needle soar up the dial as you press down on the accelerator – a small bonus, maybe, but still fun!

As one might expect, the Saab 9-3 comes filled to bursting with excellent safety features, including anti-lock brakes, electronic stability programme, active head restraints, numerous airbags and a first class alarm system to keep away any uninvited attention.

All in all, the Saab 9-3 SportWagon is great fun to drive, has eye-catching good looks, is supplied with an outstanding safety package, and is very difficult to put into a single buyers’ category – it would suit business, family or the image-conscious alike.

FAST FACTS

Saab 9-3 SportWagon Aero 2.0T XWD 5dr

Price: £28,751

Mechanical: 210ps, 1,998cc, 4cyl petrol engine driving four wheels via 6-speed manual gearbox

Max speed: 143mph

0-62mph: 8.2 seconds

Combined mpg: 34.9

Insurance group: 15

CO2 emissions: 294g/km

BIK rating: 35%

Warranty: 3yrs/ 60,000 miles

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Next Generation Saab 9-5 Sedan Photo & Specifications

Posted on 26. Jun, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Saabs United

A Saab Blogger has received the first official photograph of the next generation Saab 9-5 Sedan to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September, 2009.

Below are the specifications for this sedan.

OVERVIEW
The Saab 9-5 offers excellent performance and value in the performance oriented midsize luxury category. It is available in Sedan in base and Aero
levels, and in front-wheel and all-wheel drive.

NEW FOR 2010
• 2.8L V6 Turbocharged engine
• OnStar® 1-year Directions & Connections Plan2 with Turn-by-Turn Navigation
• Bluetooth® wireless technology for select compatible phones17
• 6-speed Sentronic automatic transmission with manual shift
• Lane Departure Warning available
• Rear Passenger Package includes rear seat entertainment, dual display DVD, remote control, auxiliary jacks, dual channel headphones, tri-zone climate control, rear seat audio controls
• EZ Key passive entry system
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2010 Next Generation Saab 9-5 Specifications Revealed

Posted on 13. May, 2009 by .

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The 2010 Next Generation Saab 9-5i and all of the rest of the Saab 9-5 lineup specifications have now been posted on GM’s website.

The colors will be Granite Grey Metallic, Fjord Blue Metallic, Black, Turbo Red, Zodiac Black Metallic, Nordic White, Carbon Gray Metallic, Diamond Silver Metallic, Storm Blue Metallic, Oak Metallic, Pine Green Metallic and Cranberry Red Metallic.

For more details, please check out this adobe pdf document for the full details

OVERVIEW
The Saab 9-5 offers excellent performance and value in the performance oriented
midsize luxury category. It is available in Sedan in base and Aero
levels, and in front-wheel and all-wheel drive.
NEW FOR 2010
• 2.8L V6 Turbocharged engine
• OnStar® 1-year Directions & Connections Plan2 with Turn-by-Turn
Navigation
• Bluetooth® wireless technology for select compatible phones17
• 6-speed Sentronic automatic transmission with manual shift
• Lane Departure Warning available
• Rear Passenger Package includes rear seat entertainment, dual display
DVD, remote control, auxiliary jacks, dual channel headphones, tri-zone
climate control, rear seat audio controls
• EZ Key passive entry system

MODEL AVAILABILITY
Sedan
9-5 FGJ39
9-5 Aero FGM39

SPECIFICATIONS (in. unless otherwise stated)
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Another Saab 9-3 Aero XWD Review In Singapore

Posted on 05. Feb, 2009 by .

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Photo Credit: Car Buyer Singapore

The writer for Car Buyer in Singapore has just made me smile, a review on another Saab 9-3 Aero XWD in Singapore, but this time with a decent amount of detailed information about the actual Cross Wheel Drive system, almost a first in all 9-3 XWD reviews, and definitely not the last as I have put in my request for one this week.

Here is the best passage from the article, to read the entire review, click on this link.

Now the Swedish luxury brand has fitted the XWD system that first appeared in the limited edition Saab Turbo X to the most powerful of its 9-3 SportCombis, the 9-3 Aero. A bunch of trick electronics and a full-time active four-wheel drive system previously available only in the Turbo X makes the car a quick load carrier with the stability to match.

It’s not a car that a casual shopper will walk in and buy, but for longtime Saab and wagon enthusiasts it’s a rather special bit of kit. The XWD (read as Cross Wheel Drive) system uses an active clutch between the front and rear wheels, together with an electronically controlled limited slip rear differential between the rear wheels to direct the engine’s torque. Electronic sensors measure everything from the diffences in speeds between all four wheels to the car’s yaw angle to quickly calculate which end of the car needs more drive.

Even on perfectly dry and grippy roads the XWD system is at work, gradually increasing drive to the rear wheels when cornering to keep the car from understeering mid-corner at more spirited speeds. Combined with the Electronic Stability Program, you’ll need to do something really, really silly to get the car to loose its footing.

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The Saab 9-3 SS Convertible : 2004 – Present

Posted on 03. Dec, 2008 by .

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The Saab 9-3 SS Convertible was released in 2004 in lime yellow and was an instant success continuing the sales that the 9-3 Sport Sedan received a year earlier.

The Saab 9-3 SS Convertible was designed in Sweden, yet it continues to be produced in Graz, Austria.

The convertible also has the the highest safety rating from the IIHS and continues to be a leader in its segment.

This model for Saab came equipped with the following specifications:

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The Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan : 2003 – Present

Posted on 03. Dec, 2008 by .

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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:
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The Saab 9-5 Wagon : 1999 – 2009

Posted on 03. Dec, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile

The Saab 9-5 Wagon, a continuation of the 9-5 Sedan lineup, and a throwback to the SAAB 95 (1959-1978), debuted at the Paris Auto Show in 1998 as a 1999 model year.

The Saab 9-5 wagon was designed by Einar Hareide and Tony Catignani, was also Trollhättan, Sweden.

Over the 9-5’s Wagon’s lifetime, much like the sedan it has undergone two exterior facelifts, once in 2002 and again in 2006. The 9-5’s final production model will be titled the “Griffin Edition” as a 2009 model year.

This model for Saab came equipped with the following specifications:

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The Saab 9-5 Sedan : 1998 – 2009

Posted on 03. Dec, 2008 by .

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Photo Credit: Saab Automobile

The Saab 9-5 Sedan, a successor to the 9000 was first shown in 1997 and made its North American debut at the Saab Owners Convention in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire.

The Saab 9-5 was highly regarded by the press and came with a first of its kind asymetrically turbocharged V-6 engine. The 9-5, designed by Einar Hareide and Tony Catignani.

Over the 9-5’s lifetime, it has undergone two exterior facelifts, once in 2002 and again in 2006. The 9-5’s final production model will be titled the “Griffin Edition” as a 2009 model year.

The Saab 9-5 was manufactured in Trollhättan, Sweden for its entire 11 year lifetime.

This model for Saab came equipped with the following specifications:
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