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Saab announces prices for new 9-3
Saab's 9-3 benefits from new engines and improved interior and exterior.
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Saab has announced prices and specifications for its new 9-3, which goes on sale next month (April 2011). Prices start at 21,495 on-the-road for the manual, 163bhp, SE saloon and rise to 31,885 for the top-of-the range automatic, 220bhp, Aero SportWagon.

Evolution rather than revolution is the order of the day, with the introduction of two new 2.0-litre petrol engines being the most notable change. They feature direct injection, variable valve timing and twin-scroll turbocharging, and produce 163- and 220bhp respectively. Both are available with a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox.

Diesel engines are unchanged, but Saab claims that engines across the range have class leading CO2 ratings.

Exterior updates are subtle but bring the 9-3's looks in line with the new 9-5's, meaning redesigned 'ice block' headlamps, a new front bumper and grille and Saab embossed chrome trim at the rear replacing the old 9-3's badge. Saloons now have a rear spoiler as standard.

Inside, the changes are limited to new trim and extra equipment: all 9-3s now come with a leather interior, heated front seats, park assist and Bluetooth phone integration. Auto dimming interior and exterior mirrors, electric folding mirrors and auto wipers are also standard fit - saving 400 on the outgoing model.

All Saab 9-3s will be fitted with electronic stability control, six airbags and Saab Active Head Restraints (SAHR).

Russell Campbell - 16 Mar 2011

Earlier articles featuring 2011 Saab 9-3

2011-02-24: Saab celebrates independence in Geneva
2010-10-15: First Drive: Saab 9-3 TTiD 180

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