There’s been a few questions coming in about pricing for XWD-equipped Saabs. Some have come to me privately via email and some have come through comments.
Looking through my archive again, I fear that I may have said the wrong thing in a few emails to people and in a recent post here on the site. So allow me to correct things to the best of my knowledge.
The following is for US models only, but should be reasonable transferable to other markets, in principal at least, if not in amounts.
US pricing for the 2008 Saab 9-3 range was mentioned here some time ago. As far as XWD is concerned, what we’re interested in is the price of the Aero model, front wheel drive with 255hp. That’s listed as follows:
Saab 9-3 Sedan Aero – $34,620
Saab 9-3 SportCombi Aero – $35,520
I don’t think I’ve heard any official word on this yet, but Edmunds reported that the XWD version of the Aero would bring a $2,000 premium on this cost. For your extra $2K, it’s believed that you get the 280hp tune and the basic XWD system.
When I say the ‘basic XWD system’ I mean the one without the eLSD. This basic system will shift your power front to back, but it’s my understanding that it won’t shift the rear wheel power side to side – that’s the role of the eLSD.
It’s unclear at this point how much extra the eLSD will cost on top of the Aero XWD version.
The Turbo X is a limited edition launch vehicle for XWD and features the full XWD system, including the eLSD, as standard. Pricing for this model has not been released yet.
I hope that clears everything up and I apologise if anyone’s been misled.
In any event, the effect of this different price calculation should be pretty minimal and not too far off compared with what I’ve stated elsewhere recently. The only difference factor will be the price of the eLSD, which we don’t know yet.