2008 Saab 9-3 Colour Palette

The Saab International site has now gone live with information about the new 9-3 (thanks CAM).


Following are images of all the colors available at this point, taken as screenshots from the site. Colours for the Sports Sedan and SportCombi are the same, whilst the Convertible has a few notable differences.

Interestingly, there’s no Saffron Yellow available for the convertible yet.


Laser Red (solid)



Black (solid)



Polar White (solid)



Fusion Blue (Metallic)



Ice Blue (Metallic)



Jet Black (Metallic)



Nocturne Blue (Metallic)



Parchment Silver (Metallic)



Pepper Green (Metallic)



Smoke Beige (Metallic)



Snow Silver (Metallic)



Titan Grey (Metallic)



The 9-3 Convertible is also available in a choice of 12 colours, however it has Arctic White in place of Polar White, Electric Blue in place of Pepper Green and Steel Grey in place of Titan Grey.


Arctic White (solid)



Electric Blue (Metallic)



Steel Grey (Metallic)


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  1. Make mine a 2.0T snow silver 9-3 with a manual gearbox and black leather interior.

    Having said that smoke beige is quite nice to look at too.

    To hell with it, snow silver it is!!!

    zippy πŸ™‚

  2. Ha, just spent the past 1/2 hr sorting out colour schemes.

    There isn’t a single colour here i don’t like.

    Some appear to retract the highlight on the one thing i don’t like about the frontal appearance. Black interior is out for me. Not good during Aust summers. Parchment will be fine.

  3. I did the same thing – spent some time building mine – Definitely has to be Snow Silver!!! Especially the the front view – wow!

    If you go through the trim details, I think the 2.0T front is nicer than the Aero, but the back of the Aero beats the 2.0T. Too bad you can’t get both. The tail lights look pretty good too.

    Nice to see the light pipes are standard on all trim levels. Now I can’t wait for the US specs….

  4. …and no having to pay $800 just to have the door handles painted…

    I would have liked some modest bumper strips though. Will it be possible to add these i wonder?

  5. Wow. This car gets more and more attractive. Even the dia**re green looks good in these pics, although it is shaded and has some make-up on. If they changed the interior a bit, i’d actually start saving up for one πŸ™‚

  6. Yup

    Defo going for the Snow Silver ‘vert next with the new TTid engine πŸ™‚

    Yes, I know it will rattle at idle, but I think I’ll be welcoming the economy πŸ™‚

  7. Oh, and those wheels are not the standard linear wheels, they are the new 18″ V-Spoke option, available on the Aero, and possibly others.

  8. I’ll take the black one! Of course, I’d like to have the 210 hp 4-cylinder engine with XWD. I hope that configuration becomes available at some point.

  9. There appears to be no more metallic silver. I’m guessing snow silver is replacing normal silver, but I thought they were quite a bit different…snow silver being more of an iridescent white. Well that should make my new 2007 Silver 9-3 SportCombi that much more rare! πŸ™‚

  10. As always, thanks for the information Swade! I’ll start saving for next year. I think the 2.0T configuration with XWD will do very well here in the northeast part of the U.S.

  11. I really love the black Aero with black interior. I only miss the old rear spoiler. I got to buy one to add to the Aero feeling.

  12. The spoiler missing is CRAP! That gave the car such a nice look.

    So they added Onstar for free, but removed the spoiler – terrible.

    I guess I can always buy one separately, but how would you paint it Snow Silver?

  13. The design video w/ Simon Padian specifically promotes the absence of the side body mouldings (“rubbing strips”)and the new “integrated” door handles on the sedan/sportcombi. He calls it cleaner and undisturbed. Anyone know why the ’08 convertible still has the body mouldings and the old handles?

  14. jules90604: that’s what we call “spin”. They made those changes because they were cost-effective (they are re-used from the Cadillac BLS) then justify it later by saying that it’s “cleaner and undisturbed”. So all these decades of other SAAB door handles and bump strips were cluttered? And as you point out, why not change the ‘vert if the changes are so good? If we’re going for clean and undisturbed why not just make the car a big box? Oh, that’s right. That other Swedish auto manufacturer beat SAAB to the punch on that design language! πŸ™‚

  15. I really liked that Chili Pepper Red color from 2007…. The Lazer Red is just too common.. So many choices, deciding is not getting any easier πŸ˜›

  16. Craig and Jeff, in some markets where some people fit snow tyres on there cars for the winter, they use the steel rims with snow tyres on them for grip. So to save the alloys they use the steel rims and to still keep the car looking good they fit the rim covers aswell. Also in other market the steel rims with covers are on the base model for people on a budget, you would be surprised how many Saabs are sold in the Linear spec with the steel/cover combo. I agree I would also prefer alloys but at the end of the day it’s a choice between for example a nice spec VW Passat or a base 9-3, I know the VW will have a better spec for the same price as the 9-3 (well in my country anyway), so its then a choice between looks over driver appeal if your only have a set budjet.

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