In Saab's Corner – Our vehicles

In the car industry, it all comes down to product. The cars you’re offering to your customers.

We currently have the biggest range of Saab vehicles we’ve ever had – and that range is getting better every year.

Since being sold from General Motors, we have built and released the all-new Saab 9-5 Sedan. We’ve improved the Saab 9-3 with a range of low-emissions diesels and then with the introduction of the Griffin range of vehicles with the new 2.0T direct injection engine as well as other enhancements. Production and sales of the Saab 9-4x have commenced and as soon as production re-starts in Trollhattan, we will begin to build the new Saab 9-5 SportCombi.

That’s a pretty decent list of product-related achievements for a small car company that was in liquidation only 20 months ago. And still to come is the replacement for the Saab 9-3, our first vehicle developed in full since the separation from General Motors.

Saab 9-3 Griffin

The Saab 9-3 Griffin range involves more than just a subtle makeover. It’s without doubt the best Saab 9-3 offering that Saab have ever put on the market and a fitting way to farewell what has been our biggest selling model since its introduction.

If you’ve driven the 2.0T Saab 9-5, then imagine that engine in an even lighter and smaller car. Mouthwatering. The Saab 9-3 Griffin range brings the following changes/enhancements:

  • ‘ice block’ headlamp effect a-la the Saab 9-5
  • new front grille with Saab wordmark a-la the Saab 9-5
  • Re-profiled front bumpers with trapezoidal air intake
  • Front fog lamps as standard equipment
  • New rear badging and Sport Sedan all variants receive a trunk-mounted spoiler
  • New wheel designs available.
  • New interior materials and patterns
  • Low emissions diesel engines (130, 160 and 180hp) available emitting just 119g/km CO2 for both Sport Sedan and SportCombi
  • New 2.0T petrol/biopower engine with extra power and torque, but lower emissions and consumption. Same engine as new Saab 9-5, with direct injection, twin scroll turbo and variable valve timing.
  • 163hp petrol engine also available.
  • XWD and FWD available with both petrol engines in appropriate markets.

The Saab 9-3 Griffin range is available as Sport Sedan, SportCombi, 9-3x and Convertible.

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Saab 9-5

Launched in 2010, the new Saab 9-5 was a much anticipated vehicle. It’s design is clean and beautiful from every angle. Accommodation is generous, as is the equipment list.

The Saab 9-5 comes with a choice of two petrol engines in most markets (three in some). The 2.0T is wonderfully flexible and delivers excellent economy for a car capable of delivering such a great combination of performance and handling. The V6 Aero is a powerful, well equipped flagship that will eat up the road for hours at a time, turning a long distance trip into a walk in the park. In the corners, you won’t believe that a 5-meter long car can handle so ‘small’ (my tip is to go for the 2.0T, which is lighter and dances like a ballerina – amazing).

Two diesel engines are offered, with a frugal, low emissions single-turbo delivering 160hp and a mere 139g/km CO2. The twin-turbo has 190hp and is available with XWD – the first time diesel and XWD have been offered together on a Saab.

The equipment available on the 9-5 is impressive. Head-up display, altimeter speedo, advanced parking assist, jukebox music storage with audio device connectivity, rear seat DVD and climate control, U-rail trunk storage, Bi-Xenon smartbeam lighting, HiPer Strut suspension, Drivesense chassis control, XWD – the list is endless.

So many new cars are lifeless, personality-free appliances that it’s a real treat for someone like me (and maybe someone like you, too) to find one with a pulse.

The new Saab 9-5 Sport Sedan will be joined soon by the popular Saab 9-5 SportCombi. It’ll feature the same mechanical package as the sedan and looks fantastic in wagon form. This is our most popular body style for the European market so the launch of the vehicle is extremely important for us. And with so many manufacturers discontinuing their wagons in the US market, it will be an important addition for us there, too.

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Saab 9-4x

Our first ever crossover vehicle. The 9-4x vehicle development was led by Peter Dörrich, a Saab guy from right here in Trollhattan – and this one is a Saab from the ground up.

The 9-4x has received wonderful reviews from its initial year on the market. The car looks absolutely sensational (definitely the smartest in its class) and it’s car-like handling makes it a joy to drive for such a generously proportioned vehicle. And then there’s the generous equipment levels, with the Aero version of the 9-4x having only three items on the options list – every thing else being standard.

From my own Saab 9-4x review earlier this year:

I was really excited to finally get some seat time in a Saab 9-4x Aero and the experience exceeded my expectations. It’s perfectly proportioned, the interior is great, the seats are fantastic, it’s very well equipped, the power was brilliant, and it is without doubt the best looking crossover vehicle in its class. The drive is crisp, the car is very responsive and of course, the Saab 9-4x has stuck with the Saab tradition of safety in scoring a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS.

And if you don’t believe me, then a reader just like yourself might be more convincing:

The first thing I talk about when describing my first impression is that the 9-4X feels and drives smaller than you might think. When I set the mirrors to eliminate blind spots, I feel comfortable on multi-lane highways. On the narrow twisty road near my dealer, I was wondering how that would feel and the answer is great! I didn’t feel too conscious that it was too wide to stay in my lane and it felt great cornering.

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Coming soon – a new Saab 9-3

Can’t say too much about this one. But an all-new Saab 9-3 is coming, design led by Jason Castriota, technology led by a driven team of Saab engineers who are dying to prove to the world what this little company in Sweden can do.

You’ve heard a little about the new engine. You’ve heard about IQon. You’ve heard about the new hybrid driveline system from e-AAM.

There’ll be so much more, and a design package that will take all the best elements of Saab’s design ethos and bring it back home.

Watch this space.

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15 Comments

  1. TThis new 9-3 are going to be exiting stuff. By giving us, and tje motoring press some teaser during the year to come saab will be able to create a buzz. And that buzz can build a better image and confidence in time to to get the new car flying.
    But at the same time, that buzz creates a bigger expectation, so that car becomes so much more important and there needs to be more surprises in 2013….This is a difficult balancing I guess.

    We bought a new TTiD in2008,

    1. Oups…
      We bought a new TTiD in 2008 because we felt the need fore an upgrade. We bought an new TTiD XWD in 2010 because we promised to buy the best car saab cold produce if saab survived the GM sale we also wanted a diesel 4wd) …imagen what we “will have to do” in 2013?
      Yeez Swade, you guy are ruining us! 😉
      Keep up giving us the good stuff!

  2. I think a goog idea would be to talk Knut Simonsson in to show a design sketch of the new “9-3” soon in order to fuel some hype around Saab again. I guess in this hour its nothing to loose to get some good publicity 🙂

  3. I bought a brand new 9-3 1.8t Hirsch in 2007 (replaced it with another brand in February this year). However, I have to admit, the 9-3 is the best car I have had ever, and when the 9-3 Griffin was launched here in DK a few weeks after the replacement I regretted that I did not wait for it!

    I look forward to seeing the new 9-3 and feel very sure that it will be my next car – if SAAB survives, so please do so!!!

  4. “…a driven team of Saab engineers who are dying to prove to the world what this little company in Sweden can do.”

    That says it all, and is more than enough reason for Saab to prevail !!

    minor nitpick: please stop brushing the dust off the ä in Trollhättan 🙂

  5. The Griffin sounds like a great rendition of the current 9-3. More power and gas mileage. Can’t wait to see one in the states.

  6. there’s only 3 models…(from which 1 doesn’t have a Diesel engine)

    Swade, do you think that’s enough to keep Saab afloat?

  7. My 9-3SS Aero TTID is a wonderful car, swift, comfortable and economical, I really do hope it is not my last new Saab. Richard Branson, do you fancy getting into the car business? 

  8. I’ve had 6 SAABs since 1999, 5 new and 1 used.  Of those 6 I currently still have 3 including 2 ’08’s (vert and SS) and an ’11 9-5 Aero bought end of September 2011 (which now has a part on “indefinite backorder” 🙁 ). 

    Only reason I went 9-5 instead of 9-3 for the new one is I wanted to replace my 6 cyl vert with the new DI 4 cyl. vert but there are no assurances that they will ever be produced.  The 9-5 may be my last chance to drive a new SAAB, chance perhaps the operative word.  Best case it that its a bridge to my next 9-3 (or is it 93) in 3-4 years. 

    Oh, and the 9-5 is a really really great car despite the fact the parts situation worries me.  Coming from the much smaller 9-3’s I’m still getting used to it but it is a nice executive/touring car that handles smaller.  I can say the ultimate 9-5 would be 2 (well maybe 3) doors and about 6-8 inches shorter with 50+ more hp, AWD and a manual transmission.  Then SAAB would have a real A5/BMW 6 killer.  I guess we’ll see but this roller coaster is getting harder and harder to watch.

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