Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan model changes for 2006

UPDATE: There’s a new 9-3 Sport Sedan Aero microsite at Saab International – Pilots Wanted. Check it out (cheers Ken).

9-3cockpit.jpg screenshot from the new Aero site – click to enlarge.

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In addition to the pricing information for the SportCombi, see the post below, there’s also the following information regarding the rest of the 9-3 range.

In short, pricing has come down by modest amounts, whilst equipment levels have been lifted. In addition, the Linear and Arc designations have been ditched in favour of a single base model.

The price and standard equipment changes are as follows:

2.0T Sport Sedan

Price Changes: The starting MSRP of the 9-3 2.0T Sport Sedan is $26.620 (incl. destination), a decrease of $950 vs. the 2005 Linear. On a comparably equipped basis there is a decrease of $3,105

Metallic paint increases from $525 to $550
Navigation system decreases from $2,295 to $1,995

Standard Equipment Changes
“Blending” of the former Liner and Arc models into a new, entry-level 9-3 2.0T
The 2.0L, 175-hp engine has been dropped and the 2.0L, 210-hp engine is now standard
A power driver’s seat is now standard
Automatic Climate Control is now standard
The LCD-screen infotainment audio head unit with 150 watts and seven speakers is now standard
Body color-matched rocker panels and bumper extensions
Body color-matched door handles
Wood-effect interior trim
16″ twin 5-spoke alloy wheel
Sport leather steering wheel with metallic button surrounds

Aero Sport Sedan

Price Changes:
The starting MSRP of the 9-3 Aero Sport Sedan is $32,620 (incl. destination) a decrease of $950 vs. the 2005 Aero. On a comparably equipped basis there is a decrease of $3,170
Metallic paint increases from $525 to $550
Navigation system decreases from $2,295 to $1,995

Standard Equipment Changes:
An all-new 2.8L, turbocharged V6 engine with 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque is now standard
6-speed manual transmission is standard. A new 6-speed Sentronic automatic with steering wheel controls is available as an option
New 5-spoke 7.5″ x 17″ alloy wheels are standard
In-dash 6-disc CD changer is now standard
Xenon headlamps are now standard
A new sport steering wheel with metallic accents is now standard
Body color-matched door handles are standard

2.0T Convertible

Price Changes: The starting MSRP of the 2.0T Convertible is $37,220, a decrease of $600 vs. the 2005 Linear. On a comparably equipped basis there is a decrease of $3,580

Metallic paint increases from $525 to $550
Navigation system decreases from $2,295 to $1,995

Standard Equipment Changes:
“Blending” of the former Liner and Arc forms into a new, entry level 9-3 2.0T
The 2.0L 175 hp engine has been dropped and the 2.0L 210 hp engine is now standard
A power driver’s seat is now standard
Leather-appointed upholstery is now standard
The LCD-screen infotainment audio head unit with 150 watts and seven speakers is now standard
Body color-matched rocker panels and bumper extensions are now standard
Color-matched tonneau is now standard on all colors
Body color-matched door handles are now standard
Wood effect trim around the gear lever is now standard
16″ twin 5-spoke alloy wheels
Sport leather steering wheel with metallic button surrounds.

Aero Convertible

Price Change: The starting MSRP of the Aero Convertible is $42,620, a decrease of $700. On a comparably equipped basis there is a decrease of $2,920

Metallic paint increases from $525 to $550
Navigation system decreases from $2,295 to $1,995

Standard Equipment Changes:
An all-new 2.8L, Turbo V6 engine with 250 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque is now standard
6-speed manual transmission returns on Aero models. A new 6-speed Sentronic automatic with steering wheel controls is available as an option
New 5-spoke 7.5″ x 17″ alloy wheels are standard
In-dash 6-disc CD changer is now standard
Xenon headlamps are now standard
A new sport steering wheel with metallic accents is now standard
Color-matched tonneau is now standard on all colors
Body color-matched door handles are now standard

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2 Comments

  1. I may have missed the post, or maybe this will be new…

    Jet Black Metallic and Fusion Blue Metallic are the two new colors for 2006.

    So the 9-5 Sedan and SportCombi will be available in paint code 170 (Black), 268 (Silver Metallic), 278 (Laser Red), 279 (Steel Gray Metallic), 283 (Polar White), 290 (Nocturne Blue Metallic), 293 (Parchment Silver Metallic), 294 (Chili Red Metallic), 295 (Smoke Beige Metallic), 298 (Jet Black Metallic), and 300 (Fusion Blue Metallic).

    The 9-3 2.0T Sport Sedan and SportCombi: same as 9-5 range with the exception of 283 (Polar White) not being available on the Aero.

    All 9-3 Convertibles will be available in 170 (Black), 268 (Silver Metallic), 278 (Laser Red), 279 (Steel Gray Metallic), 290 (Nocturne Blue Metallic), 292 (Lime Yellow Metallic), 293 (Parchment Silver Metallic), 294 (Chili Red Metallic), 298 (Jet Black Metallic), and 300 (Fusion Blue Metallic).

    All the above applies to U.S. sales, not sure about the rest of the world.

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