Press Release: Saab Independence Edition

UPDATE – Photos added….. and holy cow! that’s one good looking convertible!!!!! – SW

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Limited Edition Saab Convertible Celebrates First Year of Independence

• Saab celebrates year of independence with launch of numbered limited edition
• Saab 9-3 Convertible Independence Edition based on Aero specification
• Unique color and interior trim features
• Choice of three turbo engines: diesel, gasoline and BioPower

Trollhättan, Sweden: Saab is celebrating the first anniversary of its independence by launching an exclusive Independence Edition of its 9-3 Convertible. Just 366 examples will be produced, one for each day during the first year and one extra for the start of a second year.

Unveiled at Saab’s assembly plant in Trollhättan as part of a day of celebration, the Independence Edition features a unique, Amber Orange metallic paint finish. It is based on top-of-the-line Griffin Aero specification and includes a limited edition number etched into the rear side windows.

The Independence Edition is further distinguished by:
• Five spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels with a satin chrome/black finish
• Orange trimmed beige sports leather seats and glovebox
• Carbon-fiber look leather finish for the instrument panel, handbrake, gearshift molding and door handles
• Driver ‘welcome’ message in instrument display, unique turbo boost gauge
• Orange stitched sports leather steering wheel and carpet mats with grey piping

The powertrain choice comprises a 180 hp, 1.9-liter two-stage turbo diesel; a 220 hp, 2.0-liter gasoline turbo with direct injection and variable valve timing, and a Biopower version able to run on any combination of gasoline or E85 fuel. All engines are available with six-speed automatic or manual transmissions.

The Independence Edition follows a successful tradition of special Saab Convertible models launched at springtime. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the start of sales for the first Saab Convertible.

Saabim
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5 years 7 months ago

Nice, it would be nice see the pictures :))))

Toby
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Toby
5 years 7 months ago

Today is impressive.
Would anyone know the performance figures for the regular petrol turbo @ 220BHP
top speed and 0-60 times maybe even the 50-70 and 50-100 times?
Good for safe overtaking? 😉

WooDz
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WooDz
5 years 7 months ago
Sorry Toby but only the driver knows if it’s safe to overtake. The engine is more refined than the 2.3 cast Iron lump sat in my Viggen. It’s only 5hp short of but has the same torque and virtually zero turbo lag; unlike the Viggen. I don’t think you’ll be finding too many situations where overtaking will be a problem. Just looking at the 9-5 Spec. 0-100kmh = 7.9sec (maybe 7.6 in the 9-3) 80-120kmh in 5th gear = 10.6 (so expect less for the 9-3 too) Although the 80-120kmh time is irrelevant as most people will drop into 3rd… Read more »
OddJob
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OddJob
5 years 7 months ago

Sorry no mph figures, but anyway sedan/manual:
top speed 240 km/h
0-100 km/h 6.9 sec (XWD 6.8)
80-120 km/h 11.5 (XWD 9.8)

Toby
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Toby
5 years 7 months ago

Thanks OddJob-that’s good-back on “proper old Aero form then-with the sporty 6.9 times (My old 2002 Aero is the same) A really exilherating drive-I can’t wait to see them in the UK.

xlx
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xlx
5 years 7 months ago

210HP 9-3 convertible makes 0-100kmh in 8.0 sec , 80-120kmh in 11.9 sec (official data). This one is only a bit stronger + depends also on manual/automatic transmission.

Gunnar
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Gunnar
5 years 7 months ago

Damn…have to agree…that is a good looking convertible…

Baah
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Baah
5 years 7 months ago

The interior really looks superb. That Hirsch dash should be standard on all Aero versions…

matsvbg
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matsvbg
5 years 7 months ago

Great looking car, but I fear 366 are too many….should have been 99 made only….

baas900i
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baas900i
5 years 7 months ago

365 [one year] + 1 = 366 [independence day]

Toby
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Toby
5 years 7 months ago

But 374 Cakes?? so what happens on Day 374?? Maybe some more pre-release info for Geneva?? Maybe I am reading to much into the numbers here…:-)

Toby
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Toby
5 years 7 months ago

I now know it’s a hint at the day the 9-3 concept will be unveiled

Pedro
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Pedro
5 years 7 months ago

Wonder how far a twin turbo setup would take this engine…

Mike C
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Mike C
5 years 7 months ago

Just outstanding…

Patrick
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Patrick
5 years 7 months ago

Does anyone knows what the button should do next to the cupholder? On the Griffin version it is not visible, only on the Convertible. Anyone?

Erunas
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Erunas
5 years 7 months ago

Is it the onstar system you are talking about?

Seen in this picture:

John Carter
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5 years 7 months ago

That’s the OnStar button set. I’d imagine the Griffin editions pictured are Euro-spec.

John Carter
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5 years 7 months ago

Those are definitely NOT 5 spoke wheels…lol. I definitely want a set, though! I’ve been bugging our rep to let me order one since I saw the first photos, he finally admitted we’ll be able to order one next month. With so few being made for the world market, I’m just hoping we can get one!

Erunas
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Erunas
5 years 7 months ago

Messed up the link: Picture

GerritN
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GerritN
5 years 7 months ago

Wow, sharp looking car and even available with a diesel (in Europe only I assume).

The dash looks a bit un-Saaby crowded, though. Too many buttons.

Saabman900
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Saabman900
5 years 7 months ago

Un-Saaby? Since when was it un-Saaby to have too many buttons? Personally, it looks just like the current 9-3 dash, same layout and everything. The only difference is the carbon fiber leather dash and slightly different leather stitching and of course the orange paint above the glove box..

GerritN
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GerritN
5 years 7 months ago

Un-Saaby because you won’t be able to hit the right button with mittens on. Ergonomics is one of the corner stones of Saab design. Too many small buttons are simply not ergonomic, it’s actually dangerous if you have to start hunting for the right button while driving. I think GM is fully to blame for this.

GerritN
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GerritN
5 years 7 months ago

Sorry, let’s not have this discussion because it’s pointless. The new 9-3 will show how the new Saab dash is going to look like. No point in criticizing the old GM dash.

Toby
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Toby
5 years 7 months ago

GerritN I for one know exaclty what you mean. I would have thought “900” might have deferred there since 900’s right up to og (2002) 9-3 had simple giant buttons you could hit with a reindeer fur mitten!! I remeber when my father got his 2005 9-3 and the panel on that looked like a mini computer keyboard, there must have been 50 buttons on the mid console alone=ergo “unsaabyness” they’ll get back I’m sure…slowly but surely.

xlx
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xlx
5 years 7 months ago

did anyone see the colour of the soft-top roof ?

Toby
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Toby
5 years 7 months ago

That dash is AMAZING! Carbon Fibre Leather??? very innovative however they do that!

till72
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till72
5 years 7 months ago

In fact these carbon leather parts are sourced here. I have them in my 9-3x, too.

JH
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JH
5 years 7 months ago

I must agree that this Independence Edition convertible is very good looking! 😀 I think it is very good to make these limited editions since they work like an image booster for Saab and gets a lot of attention from the press and enthusiasts. The only bad thing is that this colour is not available for the normal 9-3 Griffin models… 😉

lensaffair
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lensaffair
5 years 7 months ago

Simply amazing… I would sell my grandma for 😉
But I am wondering about the soft top colour…? I hope its beige..

74stingray
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74stingray
5 years 7 months ago

I for one love that color and love those wheels! I can see one of those parked in my garage!

Teddy
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5 years 7 months ago

I’m in love again.

Is it polite to say that about a car? 🙂

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