I’m prompted here by Autoblog’s entry on the latest MY08 9-3 photo, where they’ve written the following:
The interpretation of the Aero X face on the 9-3 looks a bit exaggerated, almost like a charicature of the concept, but the car looks better in these images than any others we’ve seen. The matte black grille set against the gun metal gray paint minimizes the sense of exaggeration, and the car looks significantly more aggressive than the current model.
There’s a little bit of misinterpretation there and someone has provided the correction already in comments to the article. The matt black around the grille is tape, of course, as we’ve seen on other pictures.
But their comments about it do raise an interesting question: Would anyone like to see a black grille option on the car? Maybe black chrome? What about brushed aluminium rather than chrome?
Same with the inner air dams at the bottom.
How about the carbon leather dash kit from Hirsch? Should that be standard equipment on the upper level model(s)?
alpaca alcantara seats in comments to the original shots. How about that?
As we’re already seeing during mod month here, people will eventually end up doing up many of the things that they see as shortcomings in the car (like the suspension in the OG 9-3). But wouldn’t it be great if some of those common shortcomings could be overcome straight out of the factory?