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9th September 2003, 03:12 PM
Frankfurt IAA 2003, Saab News:
Saab 9-3 Sport-Hatch Concept Unveiled
Sportier looks for 250 bhp 9-5 Aero

Style and sporty performance take center stage on the Saab stand at Frankfurt this year with a world premiere of the Saab 9-3 Sport-Hatch Concept car and a new look for the top-of-the-line Saab 9-5 Aero.

Other product news for the new model year includes the introduction of additional engine options in the 9-3 Sport Sedan and 9-5 ranges, together with a number of specification improvements.

Saab 9-3 Sport-Hatch Concept

Saab declares its intention to enter a new market segment with its Saab 9-3 Sport-Hatch Concept , which challenges the traditional distinction between hatchback and wagon bodystyles.

The distinctive, five-door, four-seater format, including a 250 bhp, 2.0-liter turbo engine, offers sporty, driver-focused performance and innovative load-carrying features.

It is intended to take Saab into the mid-size wagon segment for the first time by offering a distinctive alternative choice, with hatchback-like proportions reflecting the shape of its classic Saab 900 forebears.

Features include:

Bold styling cues from Saab 9-3X 'cross-over coupe' concept.
Compact, sporty stance.
Four-seater layout with central 'clear zone' motif in front and rear.
Glass roof and recessed load fixing points to eliminate roof bars.
Powered tailgate with innovative, integrated bike-carrying function.
Information displays on demand via touch-screen functionality.
Extra storage floor below cargo deck.

"Just as our 9-3X Crossover Coupé concept occupies a position where coupé meets off-roader, this car represents a cross-over point between hatchback and wagon," says Michael Mauer, Saab's Head of Design.

Saab 9-5 Aero

The 250 bhp 9-5 Aero sedan and wagon, the sporting flagships of the range, are given sportier looks, inside and out, to further define their character and strong performance.

Sharper styling for the front and rear bumpers and re-profiled sill extensions combine with new, five-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels - inspired by those first seen on the Saab 9X concept car - to give both sedan and wagon a more purposeful stance. Inside, the sports leather upholstery now features contrasting black panels in seats and doors.

Saab 9-3 Sport Sedan

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.

Other improvements:

New close-ratio, 6-speed manual gearbox option for Aero.
'Overdrive', 6-speed manual optional for 2.2TiD engine.
New interior trim and external colors.
Integrated GPRS telephone for improved communication.

Saab 9-5 Range

A 220 bhp, 2.3 turbo engine for Linear, Arc and Vector specifications replaces the 200 bhp 3.0V6t unit above the current 150 and 185 bhp engine choices.

Highly responsive, with exceptional torque available from below 2,000 rpm to 4,000 torque, it delivers strong performance at engine speeds used in everyday driving.

Other improvements:

New leather upholstery and front fascia finish.
Saab Performance by Hirsch enhancements.
Improved SID display.
New seat-belt reminder function.
5-star EuroNCAP crash test rating.