Here’s the video. It’ll be totally underwhelming to some as it’s all in Swedish.
The Snow Silver really does look great and the rear lights, whilst they take a little getting used to, actually look pretty good in person.
This is a definite improvement on an already solid car and everyone around here seems pretty happy with it over all.
UPDATE (again) – YouTube says the Video is still processing, so if you get the “This Video is no longer available” message, please check back. It’s under 10 minutes in length so it should be OK.
I’m yet to get a translation of what Jan-Ake said here, but I have been told a few bullet points.
The most important one of which is that the Aero model will be powered by the V6 uprated to 280hp!!!
The interesting thing about this is that I’ve already received a US spec sheet for the car in pdf format (about a month or so ago) and it only rated the car at 255hp. I’ve even seen a video presentation by a Saab USA executive stating 255hp as the figure for the MY08 9-3.
If you can explain a possible 25hp difference between the Swedish and US spec models, then please chime in though comments.
Someone’s asked about interior changes. What I’ve heard from someone who’s driven the car is that the biggest interior changes aren’t ones that you’ll necessarily see. The interior is reported to be much quieter in terms of rattles and squeaks, a possible side benefit to Saab of all the work that was done on the BLS. As far as appearances are concerned, there is a black interior available. Those of you who have asked about the silver surround on the dash (that reflects like a crack on the windscreen) – yes, it’s still there.
The reveal of the 9-3 for MY 2008 occurred a few hours ago here in Trollhattan. I videoed the entire thing, though it’ll be a bummer for many because the whole event was conducted in Swedish!
But, the Swedes will get to see it and will understand what’s going on and eventually you will all see the cars unveiled.
I can tell you that all three variants revealed today were Snow Silver in color. They said beforehand that the XWD will be presented, but I looked under the car and couldn’t really tell anything. They certainly announced the presence of XWD in the model range, that much I could make out from the speech.
As mentioned, I’ll upload the video later this evening. Right now is my last chance to catch up with some international friends and visitors to this site, so we’re going for pizza. I’ll have film of the reveal and plenty of photos from the cars on display later on.
Sorry if this is a little delayed from my usual habit of posting everything asap, but to tell you the truth I’m totally knackered. The 3am nights I’ve spent posting are catching up with me and I have to drive the new cars tomorrow, so I’ll post as much as I can later tonight whilst still allowing enough time to pack and sleep before the big drive tomorrow.
I’ve also had some incredibly interesting conversations with people today.