Saab released a press release back in June that went largely without notice here at TS.
Back at that time, the main piece of news was all to do with the new 2007 9-3 interior.
What went unnoticed was another release about the 2007 Saab range for the US, as notable for it’s omissions as it is for its contents.
The full press release is available after the jump. Here’s a summary of the content:
* New interior and new colours for the 9-3 Convertible range (Electric Blue, Smoke Beige and Arctic White)
* Tan convertible top available (midyear)
* New Titan Grey metallic for the Sedan and Combi
* 6-speed manual replaces 5-speed on the 2.0T models
* Various on-Star and XM Radio options.
* Anniversary model of the 9-5 coming midyear (Ice Blue metallic)
* Additional ‘Aero’ and ‘Visibility’ packages available for 9-5
* New Crystal Blue metallic paint for the 9-7x
* New On-Star nav package for the 9-7x
The omissions? This should tell the story……
SAAB REFINES PRODUCT LINEUP FOR 2007 MODEL YEAR
Saab is in the midst of an aggressive new product development offensive. In the past year alone, Saab introduced the all-new 9-7X, its first-ever SUV; the five-door 9-3 SportCombi; a refreshed 9-5 Sedan and SportCombi; and a 250-hp 2.8L Turbo V-6 in all 9-3 Aero models. Saab launched the 9-3 Convertible “Twenty Years Edition” in spring 2006, marking 240,000 Saab Convertible sales worldwide since 1986.
For the 2007 model year, Saab refines its product line with new features and options.
The 9-3 2.0T and Aero models continue to deliver a compelling mix of Scandinavian style and turbocharged performance . Saab enhances the 9-3 range for the 2007 model year with a new interior in the Sedan , Convertible and SportCombi. It features a redesigned cockpit with new automatic climate control and “infotainment” systems, a larger instrument cluster with ch rome details and new interior trim.
The 9-3 Convertible adds Electric Blue metallic, Smoke Beige metallic and Arctic White to its exterior color palette, as well as a tan Convertible top (available midyear), while the 9-3 Sport Sedan and SportCombi are now available in Titan Grey metallic. Steel Grey metallic is discontinued.
All 9-3s get optional 16-inch and 17-inch wheels. A 6-speed manual transmission replaces the 5-speed on 2.0T models. OnStar becomes available as an option, a Bose stereo is available on the Sport Sedan, and XM Satellite Radio is now standard on Aero models, and as part of the 2.0T audio upgrade package.
As in 2006, all top-of-the-line, high-performance 9-3 Aero models – Sport Sedan, Convertible and SportCombi – are powered by one of the industry’s “10 Best Engines,” as determined by Ward’s AutoWorld Magazine: Saab’s turbocharged aluminum 2.8L V-6 engine that makes 250 horsepower (186.4 kW) and 258 lb.-ft. (350 Nm) of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox comes standard, and a six-speed Sentronic automatic with steering wheel controls is available. The 2.0T models are powered by a 210-hp (157 kW) turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 221 lb.-ft. of torque (300 Nm).
The 2007 9-5 lineup continues to offer a well-rounded package of performance, luxury and value in the midsize sport sedan category.
Because the 9-5 underwent a thorough refresh for 2006, changes for 2007 are minimal. An Anniversary Special Edition debuts midyear, featuring Ice Blue metallic paint and a specific leather interior and 17-inch wheels. Titan Gray metallic replaces Steel Gray metallic on non-Anniversary models.
The 2007 9-5 Sedan and SportCombi have optional Aero and Visibility Packages. The Aero Package offers a sport chassis, sport seats and metallic interior trim. The Visibility Package consists of Xenon headlamps, rain-sensing wipers and rear parking assist.
All 9-5 models are powered by a single 2.3L I-4 Turbo with 260 horsepower (194 kW) – a 10-horsepower increase over 2005 – and 258 lb.-ft. of torque (350 Nm), mated to manual five-speed or optional five-speed automatic Sentronic transmissions.
Forging into a market previously untapped by Saab, the 9-7X brings the brand’s progressive design, driver-focused performance and functionality to the mid-luxury SUV segment.
OnStar-equipped 9-7X models will feature a new service called OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation, the first factory-installed, fully integrated GPS navigation system from OnStar.
A tire pressure monitor system becomes standard equipment on the 9-7X in 2007, and one new color, Crystal Blue metallic, has been added.
Available with a 290-horsepower (217 kW) inline six-cylinder or 300-horsepower V-8 engine with Active Fuel Management technology, all models feature standard all-wheel drive.
The five passenger 9-7X features Saab’s clean Scandinavian design, including the signature three-port grille; ignition cylinder in the center console behind the gear lever; premium interior features and materials; and steering, suspension and brakes tuned to deliver sporty and fun-to-drive performance (including lowered ride height).