One gent that a few of us may know of has caught a look at some MY08 pictures and has written to let me know that the SportCombi version with its XWD setup will be offered in a sort of Ovlov XC70 style cladding to take on the aspiring Subaru Outback owners.
There will be some special trims both internally and externally as well as a slightly raised ride height. There were some spypics back in 2003 of a concept like this that got canned when GM pulled the development pin due to a lack of cost control at Saab.
Those of you wishing for more Saab-Subaru tie-ins may be getting your wish. Subie has certainly grown in the last 10 years building its smaller-than-they-look uglywagons (no, I’m not a Subie fan) so a slightly raised and tastefully clad SportCombi should draw some interest with that crowd, as well as the Ovlov set in the Swede’s home market.
The new vehicle is said to be headed for testing by the Swedish police in the near future.
It’s been written here already that the Saab 9-3 is available for order right now in Sweden with a 1.8t BioPower setup. This is a MY7.5 development.
Another factoid that’s been related to me is that a higher output BioPower engine is also being readied for the 9-3 for MY08. I don’t know the specifics, but in order to retain the segmentation from the 9-5 I’d be willing to speculate that it’ll be the 2.0t.
UPDATE: This is the image I was referring to above. Thanks to Nevitz for reminding me of the link through comments.
Note, this picture is a few years old now and is believed to be a picture of a proposed crossover they had planned when originally designing the 9-3 range. There was a bigger range planned than just the sedan that was released originally.