A while ago, I wrote about what I hoped/expected to see from Saab at the Paris Auto Show, which is coming up in October.
At that time, I forecasted the possible showing of a refreshed Saab 9-3 and perhaps an announcement as to some future partnerships that Saab might be looking into.
Some of you may have noted in another recent post that I mentioned I might have to adjust those expectations. And so it has come to pass.
Mail from a few different places indicates to me that Saab won’t be showing a refreshed 9-3 in Paris. In fact, from what I can tell, the only significant change to the initial release of the 2011 Saab 9-3 could be a new low-emissions diesel netting less than 120g/km. There may also be some changes to the equipment packaging in some markets, giving more standard equipment but for a slightly higher price.
This diesel IS a pretty big deal, actually, and could mean a lot for business leasing customers in Europe. But it’s also fair to say that it’s not the sort of announcement that shakes my tree, from a personal point of view.
It sounds like there might be a new, lower output TTiD engine making around 160HP to replace the 150HP TiD unit. Combined with longer gears, it should be using just 5.1 litres per 100km and emitting less of the nasty stuff as well.
Interior and Exterior should remain as they are for the time being. It looks like we’re going to have to wait a little while for the refreshed version, though maybe not an entire year.
I still think that Paris would be an opportune time to announce any new partnerships, but I don’t know if those relationships have been cemented.
Whilst the new diesel is significant from a practical point of view, it is [just] a new low-output diesel. Not quite the thing that’ll inspire the dancing girls and marching bands.