Here’s some MY08 9-3 updates from right in the middle of the Saab Festival.
Local newspaper, TTELA, has just in the last two hours or so published an article stating that the Four Wheel Drive version of the car will actually be presented on Sunday, June 10.
I’ve just spoken with the journalist from TTELA, Jenny Johansson and she’s confirmed that this is so. The Saab technical division guys even went to the trouble of raising the car and showing them the rear differential.
It is still unlikely to be available for some time (I’d guess 4-6 months), but at least they’ll be showing it off this weekend.
I mentioned earlier that there’s quite a few MY08 9-3’s going around here. I didn’t pulish any pics right after my factory tour, but…..well……this site’s supposed to allow you to see what we can see here.
So here we go.
Here are the latest pictures, taken by Brendan B just this morning around the museum, and then some film from down at ANA, the main dealership here:
First of all, some detailed shots of a 9-3 Sport Sedan that happened to park right near the Saab museum, where the SDCC parts sale was taking place:
The black treatment on the rear lights is definitely the real deal. It takes a little getting used to, but I’m now quite comfortable with it. Brendan mentioned also that it looks quite a bit better when you see it in person…..
Here’s some close-in detail of the lamp. Just wait to see it for your self and keep your mind open, grasshopper.
Here’s the 9-3 Sedan leaving the site. You can just see the daylight runners on, but there’s more detailed shots below:
Here it is closer to the camera. You can really see the light pipe in working order here:
And here’s a crop from that photo above. How much closer to these light pipes do you want to get?
We also spotted a 9-3 Convertible filling up with fuel (there was a bunch of 08 cars doing this, actually) at a fuel depot right next to the technical division at the Saab Factory.
And another as he leaves:
And finally, a SportCombi pulled up at ANA, the dealership here in Trollhattan. It had plastic on the seats and labels still around the car. Looked like it was pretty fresh. The car pulled up, one guy got out and went into the dealership and then came out again a few minutes later and they took off. Why did the need the 08 to do this?
Anyway, here’s the photos. There’s a quick video walk around as well, below.
Here’s the movie. Note this not an Aero model, so it gives you an idea of how the car will look without the additional brushed chrome around the foglamp area.