MY08 Saab 9-3 – Could this be the real deal??

Mats posted a comment linking to an Italian article with details about the new 9-3.

I’m not going to come out and say that it’s the real deal on the car as it contains a few bits of blockbuster information, but I’ve dealt with a few new model press releases over the last few years and it’s a case of either 1) an Italian site has gone to great lengths to mimic a new vehicle press release, or 2) it’s the real deal.

For an example of what I’m talking about, have a look at this 9-7x release. That link includes all the releases for the 9-7x in one entry, but the first one (everything prior to the “doesn’t miss a design cue” bit) is structured just like this one. A lot of print media outlets get these releases in advance with strict embargoes in order to prepare their print run. Such was the case with the BioPower Hybrid with the release talking about the plug-in feature. This release was pulled prior to print. This release contains a lot of details but leaves x’s in place where the acceleration times are meant to be slotted in.

I’ve used my trusty Systran web translator to try and convert it into English, which has met with reasonable results. The full translation appears after the jump and if anyone speaks Italian then a personal translation for the benefit of all would be just peachy.

The highlights are as follows:

– Twin Turbo diesel engine developing 180hp and called 1.9TTiD (I’d heard about this one just this week. The TT will be painted in red on the badge.)

– A strange thing: they mention two different V6s. One as we’ve heard that will produce 255hp and another at 280hp. This, you could assume, might be the Black Turbo configuration, but there’s nothing else to speak of Black Turbo in this article and from what I’ve heard, this is a radical, radical car.

– They mention, in detail, the traction control system, the cornering Xenons, the ESP system, the biTurbo arrangement on the new TTiD engine, the new 2.0 BioPower engines, the dual mode automatic,

and Kaz – the refer to the new Snow Silver as being “the color already seen on the Aero-X”


I don’t know if this is the real deal or not, but looking at it and filtering for the internet translation software, I’ve got to say it looks very much like the sort of summary press release they do for new models.


The new range Saab 9-3 has an aspect still more determined staff and of the previous series. That reflects the adoption of a series of technical innovations that goes from the availability of permanent the integral traction to one range of motors to benzine, diesel oil and bioetanolo (E85) still more powerful of the previous ones.

The style originates them of the facade, inspired to that one of the famous prototype Air X, is studied for rimarcare the sportswoman of these cars, anticipating between the other things “a tri-fuel” range motor that has become rich of innovative 1,900 turbodiesel bi-phase from 180 CV (132 kW), of a upgraded version of the 2.800-V6 I upset benzine that hour develops 280 CV (206 kW) and of new 2.0t the fed BioPower to E85 mixture that distributes 200 CV (147 kW).

The advanced system of integral traction permanent Saab XWD, classified to the versions Air of the models 9-3 Sport Sedan and SportHatch, comprises an edition evoluta of the electronic control of traction and it differentiates them posterior self-locking to management electronic.

New the 1,900 turbodiesel bi-phase, than they are signaled for a level of efficiency to you concern to us of the category, are the first motors to diesel oil mounts to you on cars of this segment equips you of integrated turbocompressore bi-phase.

One style much modern one

* Dynamic and strong aspect of the facade, the tail and the flanks
* Facade that aesthetically inspires to that one of the prototype Air X
* “Motor shell” cowling, superficial clean, covering fumè for the posterior optical groups

The new range 9-3 acknowledges aesthetically for the auto body completely renewed from mounting To in ahead, therefore like for the various shape of the bumpers and the front and posterior optical groups, of the doors and the handles of Sport Sedan and SportHatch. All the models have widths lateral hinges sottoporta. Arranging itself between they, all these elements confer to the car one preciser and strong personality and a more important image. In the event, as an example, of Sedan Sport, 70% of the external panels and the members of the auto body are completely new.

The stilistico approach of the Swedish House of the General Motors group has carried to follow Saab topics that are at the same time contemporary classics and and that they realize in one most modern expression of the character of the brand.

The wide sporgente template resumes the stilistico topic seen for before the time on the prototype Air. This is completed from new spioventi beacons with one studied thin species of “sopracciglio” luminous for being one risen of “company” of the brand. These optical groups wrapping culminate by now in an edge turned towards the high that the stilistico topic of it resumes puts into effect them Saab 9-5 and of classic Saab 900. The planners have conserved the reason center them winged of the template, like homage to the origins aeronautics of the brand.

The new image of the car previews also the adoption of which it is an other characteristic of the Saab production: “the bombato shell” cowling that in this case introduces the same bending to “seen U” for before the time on Air X and resumes the curving of the windshield.

The spioventi lines of the facade are completed from the air inlet bumper and the total one of the spoiler with a large one trapezial that is still more pronounced on the versions Air. To its sides large ones are two air inlet of black color that, like the same template, has one opaque chromium plated finish. Like in the event of the prototype Air X, they are one metaphor of the air inlet ones of the motor of an airplane to reaction.

Posteriorly, the Saab new 9-3 Sport Sedan and Cabriolet have optical groups with a color covering fumè white man. The new bumpers are much wider and characterize to you from superficial continuous curves and. The cowling of the baggage car of these two models is modified in order to receive one new handle with chromium plated covering opaque, similar to that one of SportHatch, with the brand of the Swedish House.

The elimination of all the external rubber moldings from the superficial ones of the bumpers and the doors has allowed to confer to the cars a cleaner and coherent aspect. The new panels of the doors have a course simpler and cleaned up and handles of new shape in ink with the auto body. The lateral hinges sottoporta are integrated aesthetically with the front angles and posterior it flutes you of the car.

Other external modifications are represented from the adoption of tergicristralli plates in order to reduce the aerodynamic noisiness at call and of wheels in alloy from 18 inches of new design, obtainable on all the versions (1.8i excluded). The range of the colors of auto body arrichisce with the varnish metalized Snow Silver already seen on Air X.

Thoughts for motorists sportswomen

* The integral traction Saab XWD is involved the guide mainly
* Active system for performances to the apex of the category: possibility to transfer also the 100% of the brace engine towards the posterior axle
* Technology of vanguard: it differentiates them posterior assets to limited sliding
* Semitelaio and outline of the modified posterior suspensions

The integral traction active Saab XWD, studied in order to optimize the behavior and the estate of road of the car in all the guide situations, is available on the versions Air of the models 9-3 Sedan Sport and 9-3 SportHatch with motor 2.800-V6 I upset benzine from 280 CV (206 kW) and manual change or automatic rifle to 6 marce.

This device of advancing conception introduces two absolutely innovative solutions: the graft “estimate” of the traction on the posterior wheels in order to optimize the traction in phase of departure and differentiates them posterior self-locking to management electronic that allows to share the brace engine between the posterior wheels in variable way.

Saab XWD is a device completely automatic rifle in a position to sending also the 100% of the brace engine to the front or posterior wheels, to second of the requirements. Beyond assuring an optimal motricità also in conditions of insufficient adhesion, it renders the behavior of the car still more sportsman. An taken care of division of the brace engine between the front axle and that posterior one up moves the threshold of participation of system ESP, delaying the cut of the distribution of the power and the participation of the brakes, what that is involved the guide mainly.

The system is managed from a telephone exchange electronic that works with to that they control the operation of the motor, the change and electronic systems ABS/ESP. A module PTU (Power Take-off Unit) in the front organs of transmission transmits to the brace engine through a tree to module RDM (Rear Drive Module) that it comprises a ripartitore of brace engine and, at call, differentiates them self-locking to electronic control. Both arrange of clutches Haldex fine-disc.

In phase of departure, the ripartitore of brace engine enters in function not hardly discs of the clutch is pushes from the hydraulic pressure, activating module RDM. This function is an important improvement of it puts into effect them technology that before demands the acknowledgment of the sliding of the wheel that the ripartitore enters in function. For the guide, the greater functionality is translate endured in traction maximum and strong acceleration from detention, without some delay begins them.

A time in march, the brace engine comes shared continuously between the axles using a valve in the ripartitore of brace that increases or reduces the pressure on discs of the clutch. In curve, the integral traction Saab XWD offers to the guide a behavior more on balanced better road and. Information collections from the sensors of electronic systems ABS/ESP (speed of the wheels, degree of swerve and angle of sudden turn) and a careful programming of Saab XWD concur to balance understeering and sovrasterzo, improving the estate and the behavior on road of the car. In the highway march to constant speed, when that is the traction and the maximum adhesion are not fundamental, single 5-10’% of the brace are sended to the posterior wheels so as to to have greater stability and to reduce the consumptions.

The option eLSD is the classic “ciliegina on the cake” of the system Saab XWD. In this segment of market, it is the first application of differentiates them fine-disc to limited sliding equipped of bound together management electronic to the integral traction. E’ mounted with to module RDM and works through discs clutch second pressurizes a principle to you similar to that one of the ripartitore of traction. On ghiacciato or bathed street bottom it uses, as an example, the coming from information from the sensors of speed of the posterior wheels and can transfer also 40% of the brace engine between the axle shafts until when the wheels do not find greater adhesion. The device eLSD improves the control of the guide when it faces impegnative curves or carries out maneuvers to high speed, like a change of corsia, increasing or reducing the brace engine towards the wheels, so that those posterior ones follow better the direction than those front ones. Therefore making, it more confers to the car a behavior balanced and controlled without to demand “the external” participation of electronic attendances.

The assembly of the integral traction Saab XDW has involved the presence of a new posterior semichassis that supports module RDM, modifications to geometry of the posterior suspensions and new ship-boys wheels. The drive shaft in three pieces turns between two ears-ring in order to guarantee one perfect sliding. The measures of the step and the posterior track are invariate.

Other innovationes that improve the behavior on road are:

Automatic transmissions with modality of sport guide, series. Selectable pressing a push-button on the plancia of the instruments, it mainly approaches the insertion of the marce the intentions of the guide. If the foot from the pedal of the accelerator is raised momentarily, the march remains inserted in order to improve the refraining effect of the motor and, if necessary, to concur to accelerate more quickly. In refrained phase of, the scalings of the marce happen in short times and accompany better the deceleration.

Revolving beacons bi-xenon, at call, improve the visual one of the road that is in order to cover. It connects you to the steering, can ruotare until a maximum of 15 degrees when curves are faced less than 15 km/h. When instead, in the highway march, the 110 km/h are exceeded, the dazzling ones ignite automatically in order to improve the visibility.

Responsible performances

* Bi-phase Turbodiesel to you concern us of the category
* Widening of the range of BioPower motorizations
* Motor 2.800-V6 I upset more powerful benzine for the models to integral traction

New motor 1,9 TTiD

The range Saab 9-3 sees the introduction of powerful 4 cylinders turbodiesel equipped of a system of bi-phase supercharging that represents an absolute innovation to world-wide level in this segment of market and that it assures an efficiency of operation to you concern us of the category. The new motor 1,9 TTiD to 16 valves develops 180 CV (132 kW) and has the maximum brace of 40,7 kgm (400 Nm), but above all a specific power that currently does not find reply in other models on the market. Although consumptions to you concern us of the segment – 6,4 liters of every diesel oil 100 kilometers in the event of the version Sedan Sport – this motor supplies performances comparable to those of the 2.800-V6 I upset benzine.

The covering of the bi-phase turbocompressore is integrated in the exhaust manifold and contains two turbocompressori of different dimensions. The two impellers are mounted in sequence and, also being able to work in brace, ognuna it is in a position to “by-passing” the other.

This solution guarantees to the guide “the best of two worlds”: good and immediate brace engine to the low regimes (thanks to reduced inertia of the small turbine, when the pressure of exhaust gaseses low) and is elevated power to the high regimes (when the large turbine enters in function). The turbocompressore bi-phase Saab uses by-passes valve in order to address the flow of gases exausted between the two upsets some and in order to separate the inhaled air from the compressori. From the regimen of minimum until the 1,500 turns/tiny the flow of exhausted gases it makes to only turn the small turbine; between the 1,500 and 3,000 turns/tiny they work instead both upsets them of it so as to to guarantee a progressive passage to the full distribution of the power, when that is, to of over of the 3,000 turns/tiny, the larger turbine works single.

Collecting the two it inside upsets some of only a total one, the lodging of the system turns out undoubtedly more rations them than what it would be had with a separated external assembly. This solution collection makes yes that the control of the total one and the regulation of the gas flows on both upsets some to them and on sides of the aspiration compressor demands minor a number of packings and connections.

The TTiD motor is an important evolution of the turbodiesel 1.9TiD to 16 valves to direct injection common-rail. This motor works with the maximum pressure of supercharging of 1,8 bars (1.1 bars in the event of the turbodiesel puts into effect them) and with a leggermente inferior compression ratio (16,5: 1 rather than 17,5:1). A monoblock in cast iron and the head the light alloy, therefore like all the inner members, has been reinforces to you in order to resist to greater thermal pressures.

The electronic control of I recirculate of exhaust gaseses (EGR) comprises a system of cooling to water that inside improves the post-combustion of the aspiration system. This solution, therefore like the presence of a anti-particolato filter that does not demand some type of maintenance, will concur to re-enter in the limits of the norm Euro 5 on the emissions to the drainage.

Other better techniques are represented from the adoption of a intercooler air-to-air of greater dimensions in order to improve the cooling of the aspiration; from the introduction more efficient elements than pre-heating inside of the head in order to accelerate the starter in presence of low temperatures acclimatize them; from I use it of a light induction manifold in plastic material.

The motor Saab TTiD answers to an always greater demand for the public of propulsori that also do not penalize the performances limiting the fuel consumptions. Also having a power comparable to that one of greater motors of piston displacement, the new TTiD motor is a typical example of the Saab engagement towards that process of “reorganization” of the propulsori with which tip to offer the performances of “large” motors without disadvantages like greater weight, I block and consumptions.

In consideration of the high performances that is in a position to offering, the TTiD motor is available single on the versions To delineate, Vector and Aero di Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan, SportHatch and Cabriolet. The 1,9 motors TiD from 120 (88 kW) and 150 HP (110 kW) 1,9 are always available TiD with changes manual and automati us to 6 marce.

New motor 2.0t BioPower

Saab is present in the more and more important European market of the vehicles “flex-fuel” with its range exclusive right of propulsori BioPower. These motors join the advantages of the turbocompressore and the possibility to work with the E85 mixture to powers and advanced performances, exactas to clearly inferior emissions of CO2 of fossil origin. The new range Saab 9-3 sees the introduction of an anchor more powerful BioPower motor that is placed side by side to that one already famous.

If fed with the mixture E85 (85% bioetanolo/15% benzine), the new BioPower motor 2.0t of Saab 9-3 develops a advanced power of 14% (200 CV/147kW against 175 Cv/129 kW) and has one greater brace of 13% (300 Nm against 265 Nm). That concurs with the Saab new 9-3 Sedan Sport to catch up the 100 km/h with departure from detention in 7.7 second ones and to resume in fifth march from 80 to 120 km/h in 10.0 second (8,5 and 11,1 respective second ones with the feeding to benzine).

The advanced octane number of the E85 mixture regarding the benzine (104 RON against 95 RON) allows to increase the supercharging pressure and to more use one fasatusa anticipated for the ignition. This is translate in greater power without dangerous strikes in head and predetonations.

The telephone exchange electronic to 32-bit Saab Trionic 8 regulated the position of the butterfly, the fasatura of the ignition, the injection of the fuel, the air mass and the pressure of supercharging. This powerful device has facilitated the riprogrammazione of the software that is in a position to adapting to different fasature of the ignition and requirements of the mixture air/fuel of E85. The only mechanical participations demands to the motor in aluminum have been the adoption of valves and centers sturdier valves and the realization of the feeding system (tank, pump, tubes and collectors comprised) in compatible materials with the bioetanolo.

After every refueling the Trionic telephone exchange controls the quality of the fuel and brings the necessary regulations automatically because the motor can work with the E85 mixture and/or benzine in whichever combination. This wants to say that, not finding a distributer of E85, who guide a Saab BioPower can make the benzine full load also.

New version of the motor 2.800-V6 Turbo benzine

The Saab new 9-3 Air XWD to integral traction are equipped with a upgraded version of the already famous motor 2.800-V6 Turbo benzine to 24 valves that develops 280 CV (206 kW) and has one the maximum brace of 40,7 kgm (400 Nm). This result has been obtained increasing the pressure of supercharging from 0,6 x.x to bar. In this way Saab 9-3 Sedan Sport catches up the 100 km/h with departure from detention in x, x second and resumes in fifth march from 80 to 120 km/h in xx.x second.

Particularly advanced characteristics of this propeller are: light construction entire in aluminum; variable fasatura of the suction-valves; turbocompressore to double impeller, lead idroformati exhaust manifolds with in stainless steel for a better cold start. The cars to front-wheel drive can count more on 5 CV (4 kW) in regarding those of the previous series that is on one power of 255 CV (188 kW).

Other technical improvements are:

Continuous control of the pressure of the tires us. It marks it to the guide if the pressure of inflation of one of the tires us is come down to of under of the prestabilito level. Sensors you mail inside of the valves send marks them radio that ago to ignite an luminous spy on the picture instruments and it indicates which it is the interested tire. This device is obtainable at call on the versions Air and supplied of series on the cars with wheels from 18 inches.

Sonorous system Bose Centerpoint Surround. Offered at call on all the versions of 9-3 Sport Sedan and 9-3 SportHatch, reproduction of optimal quality assures one through five channels of the coming from sounds from digital CD, MP3 or radios them XM. The quality “surround” is supplied automatically even if the CD is not codified for the same one. Eleven loudspeakers (Sedan) or 10 (SportHatch) assure one inside optimal reproduction of the nside.

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  1. Now I’ve properly read this hilarious translation…

    Bloody Hell!

    100% rwd bias available with 10% always on. 208kw and 400Nm! Time for another Pikes Peak attempt!

    Lots of other goodies in that release including such gems as “ciliegina on the cake”.

    Great read.

  2. XWD only available for Aero model (not with TTID for example) ? TTID only with manual transmission?

    180hp/400Nm, consumption 6,4liter/100km. 1,9liter engine! Cool (drool..)
    LSD! Let´s wait and see official lauch. Sounds very good…

  3. Re Snow Silver: WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  4. Electronic Limited Slip Diff?

    Hmm, that is a new one on me, every LSD I’ve come across has been mechanical, perhaps it is an addition to the ESP software?

    Will be interesting to see how it works. Limited Slip Diffs are what made the previous Focus RS handle so well with all that power going through the front.

    There is a good explanation here of how LSD’s work:

    It also mentions that the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO uses an eLSD, which is interesting to note.

    If a form of LSD is being used, this could be more important than the XWD feature!!

  5. The eLSD – this Haldex system can transfer torque side-to-side as well as front to rear. It’s similar in that way the Honda Super Handling Four Wheel Drive system on the Legend.
    On a tight bend, for example, it can dramatically reduce understeer.
    The translation suggests the torque difference can be up to 40 percent between the wheels.
    I also hear from a GM engineer that 4×4 system is a mix of Epsilon 1 and Epsilon 2. The current Epsilon chassis did have a 4×4 option, but Opel didn’t give it the mass production go-ahead. I think that they’ve done this for the 9-3 because it has few years ahead of it yet…
    And now I’m off to Trollhatten….

  6. Does anyone know if the MY08 9-3 Aero model will have the combination of XWD and Manual Transmission for the North American market?

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