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SAAB 9-3 Sport Sedan Series/Models Timeline, Specifications and Pictures

Generations: 5
First production year: 1998
Engines: Gasoline, Ethanol, Diesel
 

2009 - 2012

Saab had to evolve to meet the Euro5 emission standards, so seven years after the 9-3's introduction, it came with an improved version at the Geneva Motor Show. While the Swedish carmaker desperately tried to stay alive, in GM's headquarters, the decision was already made to get rid of their troublemaker premium European brand. For instance, while GM ordered Saab's officials to...

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ethanol engines:

  SAAB 9-3 Sport Sedan 1.8t BioPower 5AT (175 HP)

  SAAB 9-3 Sport Sedan 1.8t BioPower 6MT (175 HP)

  SAAB 9-3 Sport Sedan 2.0t BioPower 5AT (200 HP)

  SAAB 9-3 Sport Sedan 2.0t BioPower 6MT (200 HP)

diesel engines:

  SAAB 9-3 Sport Sedan 1.9L TiD 6AT (150 HP)

  SAAB 9-3 Sport Sedan 1.9L TiD 6MT (150 HP)

  SAAB 9-3 Sport Sedan 1.9T TiD 6AT (180 HP)

  SAAB 9-3 Sport Sedan 1.9T TiD 6MT (180 HP)

2008 - 2012

In 2008, Saab unveiled the Turbo X as the ultimate performance version for the 9-3 range and the top-performer model for the Swedish carmaker family. While the world economic crisis started to take its toll among the carmakers, Saab struggled to survive. Its cars were already too expensive for the market, and its sales plunged. The carmaker needed a desperate move and charged with a unique ve...

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2003 - 2008

Saab launched the 2003 9-3 lineup while it was under GM's management, and it was supposed to be the premium version of the mundane Opel/Vauxhall Vectra. General Motors was eager to get a cut from the European premium car market and thought Saab would be its best bet. Thus, it ordered the Swedish carmaker to produce a re-badged Opel/Vauxhall Vectra slightly adapted. Thus, it should lower ...

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2003 - 2008

Saab was under the GM umbrella when it introduced the second generation of the 9-3 range as a compact sedan with a sporty and premium character. General Motors desperately tried to make the Swedish brand profitable because they were bleeding money. For that, they granted them the platform from a Vauxhall/Opel Vectra and Cadillac BLS, telling them to build a car on top of that, but with minima...

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1998 - 2002

The 1998 Saab 9-3 was an evolution over the previous 900 series, especially regarding design, but a completely new vehicle from the platform point of view, which was a “cousin” of the European Opel Vectra. The unusual look of the car, with a sloped rear, was a Saab brand signature. Inside the vehicle, some of the aviation-inspired features were kept and some others were added. For instance, t...

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