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: Model Year 2004 9-3 Sports Sedan

16th August 2003, 09:22 AM
Model Year 2004, further refinements for the Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan

New close-ratio, 6-speed manual gearbox option for Aero

'Overdrive', 6-speed manual optional for 2.2TiD engine

New interior décor trim and external metallic colors

Integrated GPRS telephone for improved communication
New six-speed gearbox options
Cruising refinement and fuel consumption for 2.2TiD variants can be improved still further by the availability of a six-speed manual gearbox, instead of the standard five-speed manual.

It is fitted with a tall top gear, yielding 53.3 kph per 1,000 rpm, which combines relaxed motorway cruising with impressive levels of economy, 8.9 and 5.2 liters/100 km, respectively, over the urban and extra-urban cycles.

9-3 Aero customers can enjoy an even more focused driving experience by specifying an all-new, close ratio, six-speed manual gearbox, now offered as an option. Compared to the previous standard six-speed unit, the more tightly spaced gears allow a slightly quicker 0-100 kph acceleration, as well as faster in-gear responses.

Greater choice inside and out
Two new wood veneer trims, more metallic colors and further alloy wheel options allow customers greater scope in satisfying their personal preferences.

The Linear form now includes a hard-wearing, black synthetic textile as standard for the seat upholstery and door panels. A wool-based, barrathea cloth or soft, rucched leather, both in parchment or gray, are now optional.

A high gloss, wood-effect finish for the door trim inserts and center gearshift molding, replacing poplar, becomes standard for the Arc form. Linear, Arc, Vector and Aero also include a stylish, dark gray or deep red walnut veneer as options.

Externally, two new blue and a black metallic color are added to the range, together with a further 17-inch alloy wheel option.

GPRS phone for improved communication
An integrated GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) telephone with Bluetooth ™ connectivity now replaces the GSM (General Service Mobile communication) unit, providing a four-fold increase in data transmission capacity.

The phone is available as an option with the Saab Infotainment or Saab Infotainment Plus systems and includes a keypad, steering wheel controls and voice recognition. It offers a wireless connection to a Bluetooth-qualified headset via a 'push-to-talk' steering wheel button.

When used with an optional WAP browser, GPRS functionality allows faster and more cost-effective downloading of data through a Laptop, including automatic access to incoming telephone calls during transmissions.