SEVERAL UPDATES BELOW
Some info just in from Djup Strupe – a few initial MY08 Saab 9-3 specs for the US market:
Rain Sensing Wipers Standard
Two new colors: Snow Silver Metallic and Pepper Green Metallic
Grey Leather dropped, replaced by Black
Semi-aniline leather available
Aero V6 upped to 255 hp
New 16″ wheel
Xenon Cornering Headlamps (part of Premium package)
Express up windows standard on all Aero’s and convertibles. On sedans it comes when you get the car with a sunroof
All convertibles have remote opening top standard
Optional 17″ wheel on 2.0
Daytime running lamps Standard
Tire pressure monitor Standard
New premium Bose audio coming later – option on 2.0T and standard on Aero – SS and SC only
More info will be posted as it comes to hand.
UPDATE: the optional 17″” wheel on the 2.0T appears to be the split 5-spoke Anniversary wheel.
The 16″ wheel is below – a 14-spoke wheel that may look a little familiar to some (tho I didn’t recognise it but it’s before I was blogging).
UPDATE 2: As was previously guessed, the photos we’ve seen are the Aero model, and only the Aero model will have the “matt chrome” inserts in the front spoiler.
The convertible will retain the previous generation’s door handles.
And what are the “color-matched Aero rocker panels” that will be available on all models?
There’s nothing I can see in the material I’ve received about Bluetooth being available for the US market. It looks like in the presence of OnStar, the aftermarket Bluetooth solution must continue.
There’s also nothing about adaptive cruise control. Those little things that looked initially like sensors near the fog lamps are most likely adjusting points for the lamps. I tend to agree with Paul Humpage, who said in comments “If you’re driving in traffic heavy enough that your cruise control needs to adapt then you shouldn’t be using it in the first place.” This is, IMHO, technology for technology’s sake and won’t be missed.
Whilst there is a mention of daytime running lights, there’s no mention of LEDs
Whilst the seats will have options of a higher quality leather, there doesn’t appear to be any material changes to the dash area. The audio unit is the same as MY07 by the looks of things, though as noted above, a higher spec Bose unit will become available later in the model year.
There’s a “Fun and Sun” package mentioned, but no details available.