The German version of Auto Motor and Sport has a quick look at the new twin turbo 9-3 TTiD online.
This is only a quick writeup. It does little more than say “this car is here”. But given that the German market is a pretty important one, and this new engine is a pretty impressive one, I thought it was worth mentioning.
A quick look at the second part, where they give a quick impression.
….The torque of maximally 400 Newtonmeters in combination with the six-speed gearbox results in a round around carefree package. Saab indicate fuel consumption for the new engine of 6.8 litres per 100 km.
The chassis offers useful comfort, despite sporty interpretation. Who out-accelerates from curves, still pulling the fronttrieblers in that feels still somewhat soft steering element, and the brakes require strong foot pressure. The choice of materials inside became better, but on unstable lenkstockhebel, plastic instead of aluminum screens one could do without easily.
OK, only some of that makes real sense, but the over all impressions seems to be cautiously positive.
This is a very impressive powerplant, one that could even impress a few German consumers. Here’s hoping anyway.
It looks like there’s also some video available at that page, too, though I’m having a hard time getting it to work.