UPDATE: Real Pics HERE!!
Djup Strupe has been at it again……
Here’s the first official teaser pics to come in to my inbox. These are still CGI’s rather than photos, but are very, very close to what we’ll see next month. You may remember that when the Aero-X was coming, we got some initial CGI’s prior that were very close to the real thing. Think of those in that way. These are great – the real thing’s going to be even better!
I gotta say – I’m absolutely loving this. Right from the first pics we saw this looked more aggressive and purposeful. It’s a great evolution and combined with the mechanical changes (the XWD option in particular) this is going to be a great thing for Saab.
Click to enlarge. And there’s more info below…..
This is not just a facelift. Things we know about the MY2008 Saab 9-3:
The new Saab 9-3 for 2008 is set to make its international debut at the Saab Festival in Trollhattan, Sweden, on Sunday June 10th, 2007. This will be 60 years to the day since the first Saab model was unveiled.
The 2008 Saab 9-3 will have an option for a new all-wheel-drive system, for which they’ve registered the name XWD. It’s a new generation Haldex system. The car will also feature a new active stability control program.
The new MY2008 car will likely be available shortly after it’s unveiling, but it’s believed that the XWD versions of the car will not be available until later in 2007, most likely October or November.
There is also a new project in house called Black Turbo, which will bring the output to a rumoured maximum of between 290 and 320hp. Obviously this will also make use of the XWD system to put the power to the ground. This is believed to be available from March or April 2008 (oh, it’s so hard to wait!).
There is also believed to be a twin-turbo diesel offering on the way for the European market. It’s believed to be similar to the Opel Antara Concept engine which produced 212hp and 400Nm of torque.
The full body of knowledge on the 2008 Saab 9-3 is available here.