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Descendants of the mighty Vikings, the Swedish people, didn't want to let SAAB die and tried to revive it after the GM era and produced a limited run for the 9-3 Aero in 2013-2014.

After GM sold the Swedish brand in 2009 due to the world financial crisis, the carmaker traded hands a few times before being bought by the National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB in 2012. The new owner had the rights for the brand name but not for the Griffin logo, which belonged to Scania AB. It could produce the 9-3 Aero as well, and that's what it did. But since the car didn't meet the European legislation required for a new car, it had to build just 1,000 units for the old continent. NEVC planned to export the rest of the vehicles in China, where the rules were laxer.

The 9-3 Aero featured a slightly changed front fascia, with the SAAB lettering instead of its traditional round badge with the griffin. On the lower part of the bumper, a trapezoidal grille with a mesh design covered most of the apron flanked by two side scoops for the fog lights, with a satin-gray surrounding. A set of silver trims adorned the upper grille. A set of turbine-blade style, 18" light-alloy wheels confirmed the car's sporty character from its sides. At the back, a dual exhaust peaked out under the bumper.

Inside, SAAB engineers designed and installed new, bolstered bucket seats. More silver trims enhanced the black and tan dashboard look and surrounded the instrument cluster, which was extended over the center stack. These were the main differences compared to the 9-3 Aero from the GM era.

Under the hood, NEVC bought the engines from GM, which used the same powerplant in the Insignia. But, unlike the European sedan, the 9-3 Aero provided just 220 horses, 30 less than the Opel's mid-size vehicle.

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SAAB 9-3 Aero 2014 - Present
  2 gasoline engines
  • 2.0 6AT (220 HP)
  • 2.0 6MT (220 HP)

SAAB 9-3 Aero 2.0 6AT (220 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0 6AT (220 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1998 cm3
Power
162 KW @ 5300 RPM
220 HP @ 5300 RPM
217 BHP @ 5300 RPM
Torque
258 lb-ft @ 2000-4000 RPM
350 Nm @ 2000-4000 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
146 mph (235 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/45 R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
183.8 in (4669 mm)
Width
80.2 in (2037 mm)
Height
57.1 in (1450 mm)
Wheelbase
105.3 in (2675 mm)
Cargo Volume
16.3 cuFT (462 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3571 lbs (1620 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4409 lbs (2000 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
18.4 mpg US (12.8 L/100Km)
Highway
39.2 mpg US (6 L/100Km)
Combined
27.7 mpg US (8.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
195 g/km

SAAB 9-3 Aero 2.0 6MT (220 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0 6MT (220 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1998 cm3
Power
162 KW @ 5300 RPM
220 HP @ 5300 RPM
217 BHP @ 5300 RPM
Torque
258 lb-ft @ 2000-4000 RPM
350 Nm @ 2000-4000 RPM
Fuel System
Turbocharged Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
149 mph (240 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
6.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/45 R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
183.8 in (4669 mm)
Width
80.2 in (2037 mm)
Height
57.1 in (1450 mm)
Wheelbase
105.3 in (2675 mm)
Cargo Volume
16.3 cuFT (462 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3483 lbs (1580 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4376 lbs (1985 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
21 mpg US (11.2 L/100Km)
Highway
45.2 mpg US (5.2 L/100Km)
Combined
31.8 mpg US (7.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
170 g/km
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