...Saab says the 9-3 convertible is nearly three times as stiff as its soft-top predecessor. The chassis features a supplementary "ring of steel" reinforcement that compensates for the loss of structural rigidity that convertibles ordinarily suffer. The seat belts are integrated into the seat frames, and the rear seats have pop-up roll bars. The convertible comes in base or Aero form, both with the 210-hp, turbocharged four-cylinder found in other 9-3s and front-wheel drive. Leather seats are standard. In base models, a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic is available. Aero models offer a...
...power-adjustable, heated front sport bucket seats, universal remote garage door opener and electrochromatic rear-view mirror. Entertainment- and techno-wise, the Aero boasts a 6-CD changer, 11 Bose premium speakers, 5.1 surround sound, XM satellite radio and auxiliary MP3 audio input, as well as OnStar telecommunications service that stars Bluetooth hands-free technology. Options for the Base trim include numerous standard features found in the higher trims, including 17-inch, five-spoke alloy wheels. Both the X AWD and Aero trim levels can be delivered with DVD-based touch-screen navigation...
...Moving up to the high-end Aero sedan begets such additions as standard 17-inch alloy wheels and a power sunroof outside, with heated front power-adjustable seats, a universal remote garage door opener and simulated carbon-fiber door, dash and console accents inside. Additional techno-gizmos for this top-shelf 9-3 trim level include a 6-CD changer, 11 speakers, satellite radio and OnStar telecommunications service boosted by Bluetooth hands-free communications technology.Extras for the Base trim level include the Comfort Package, with several standard features found in the Aero, as well as an...
...The sedan and SportCombi include side curtain airbags, while the convertible features taller side airbags that cover the head of each front occupant. OnStar emergency telematics is optional on the 2.0T and standard on the Aero. The 9-3 has not been rated using the government's new, more strenuous 2011 crash-testing procedures. Its 2010 ratings (which aren't comparable to 2011 tests) saw it receiving four out of five stars for frontal and side rear crash protection and five stars for driver side protection. The convertible was not tested. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the...
With NEVS’ acquisition of Saab and some of the bankrupt automaker’s few remaining assets complete, the consortium, made up of Chinese and Japanese interests, is... read more December 2, 2013 by Viknesh Vijayenthiran
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