Saab Upgrades 9-3 Diesels, Company's Future Still in Doubt
The Swedish automaker explained the 7 percent fuel economy improvement has been mostly achieved through a series of new measures, as it follows: "the use of wider gear ratios, a longer final drive, idle and low engine speed remapping, and an optimized tire and wheel choice. Zero to 100 km/h acceleration is unchanged, while fifth gear 80-120 km/h times are increased by less than one second," as the company mentioned in a statement for the press.
"In terms of CO2 grams per horsepower, the two-stage turbo models (badged 1.9TTiD) are now among the top performers in their class," Saab added.
And the best of all is that the new emission ratings make the Saab 9-3 models eligible for a series of incentives and tax reductions in many European countries, following the programmes started by governments across the continent. "In many European markets, the CO2 reductions also provide valuable tax-related benefits for customers," Saab explained.
Since the automaker didn't say a thing about a potential price increase, pricing for the 9-3 range is expected to remain the same. All new variants come with a single manual transmission option.