The 9-3 Sport Sedan and SportCombi range delivers a unique, ‘fun to drive’ experience that makes it a class leader for sporty character and performance, versatility and excellent chassis dynamics. Under the bonnet, there is a choice of petrol, diesel or bioethanol powered engines.
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The cabin ergonomics, instrumentation and controls are all developed from the driver’s perspective. The main instrument panel arcs around the driver. There is a logical layout and a tactile feel to the controls, while the steering wheel adjusts for both rake and reach. Many functions can be pre-set according to personal preference including dual zone automatic climate control which is fitted as standard, and includes an automatic airflow balance function to compensate for temperature changes if one side of the car is in direct sunlight. Infotainment systems include DVD/GPS satellite navigation with a large 6.5-inch colour monitor, Bluetooth™ Phone Integration system and an auxiliary input socket.
Additional load-carrying potential
Both the Sport Sedan and SportCombi have 60/40 split fold rear seats with a ski hatch. The SportCombi features a wide-opening tailgate with a low floor giving access to a spacious, well-proportioned cargo deck. In the SportCombi, the middle section of cargo floor hinges upwards transversely and slots in place to support items stowed in the recessed sub-floor.
Both models have an active all-wheel-drive system (Saab XWD) available for Aero variants and ‘ReAxs’ passive rear wheel steer characteristic for optimum handling and stability. Other advanced features include Electronic Stability Program, Mechanical brake assist, Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Cornering Brake Control and Traction Control System. The low mounted steering rack gives excellent feel and precision with progressive power assistance and fast responses. There is an electro-hydraulic system with 1.8i and 1.9TiD engines. Three disc brake sizes according to engine power give excellent high speed braking stability with automatic rear wheel ‘toe-in’ through ReAxs geometry.
Six-speed manual gearboxes are standard for 2.8V6, 210 hp and 175 hp turbos and all turbo diesels. Five-speed, adaptive automatic transmission has Saab Sentronic manual gear selection and optional steering wheel controls. Six-speed units are offered with the 2.8V6 turbo and the 180 hp and 150 hp turbo diesels, and a ‘5+2’ variant, with two intermediate gears on kickdown, for the 210 hp engine.
In EuroNCAP crash tests, the 9-3 Sport Sedan and 9-3 Convertible achieved a maximum five-star rating. Safety features include a strong steel safety cage to help protect the passenger compartment, a deformable front structure and wide bumper beam to spread impact forces, Saab Active Head Restraints for front seats to help prevent serious neck injury, side impact protection, roof-rail airbags for occupant head protection, and front seat-mounted side airbags for thorax protection.
This is a range, which as their slogan goes, should really ‘move your mind’. For more information and special launch conditions contact Rocar Tenerife at C/Cercado Chico, Taco, call 922 629 393 or visit www.saabcanarias.com