The Detroit Free Press has just published its intro article on the new 9-3 range and whilst there’s nothing there that we haven’t already covered here on the blog, there is some official confirmation with regards to XWD and timing.
As has been mentioned several times here, we shouldn’t expect the XWD vehicle to be available immediately with the initial release of the MY2008 vehicle.
This appears to be confirmed by SaabUSA General Manager, Steve Shannon:
In addition to the refreshed design, Saab Automobile USA General Manager Steve Shannon said Monday there are two other factors that he expects to boost sales of the 9-3 wagon version, known as the SportCombi: an all-wheel drive option that will become available a few months after the 2008 launch and the wagon’s fuel economy.
It appears from the article that they’re going to make a stronger pitch to the SUV crowd with the SportCombi, which I think is the exact place they want to be.