As was noted by ctm in comments a few days ago and here on the site several times, press kits for the new Saab 9-3 range are due to go out to the mainstream motoring press in mid-May. I’d assume that this is so they can get their print articles organised prior to the unveiling of the car in June.
I don’t think there’s been a press embargo in the last 12 months that hasn’t been broken, so it’ll be interesting to see who blinks first.
A three-week press event will be held immediately after the conclusion of the Saab Festival in Trollhattan.
I’ve heard from ‘the continent’ that there’s some MY07 cars driving around with MY08 mechanicals. Too late for testing, I’d suggest, but there’s a lot of people that need to get a feel for this car prior to it’s release.
Several dealers in North America have also had an advance opportunity to drive the new 9-3 and of course, are muttering very good things.
Three things we don’t know yet:
1) What will the sedan look like? They’ve done a great job keeping this covered.
2) Will there be any changes at all to the interior? My bet is that there won’t be, but my suggestion would be to include the Hirsch carbon leather dash as standard on the highest spec models.
3) Are there any big surprises coming? We know a fair bit about this car already, but is there something Saab are keeping up their sleeve that’ll just blow us out of the water?