The 9-3 Griffin will be available in two different flavours, The 9-3 Griffin and the 9-3 Aero Griffin.
Here are the two different fascias.
First off all the Aero seems to get turbine wheels, and the normal 9-3 not. Then the lower Grille is different and the Aero has some chrome details in the Fog lamp pods.
And if you take a better look you will see that the Aero has a chrome line on top of the windows, it is only a partial line like the 9-5, but this time is the upper line. I got the impression that it reflects the front signature lights, 9-3 above the light, 9-5 below the light.
Thank you to Patrik B for the hint.
21 thoughts on “The two fascias of the 9-3 Griffin”
Aero Phoenix ?
Surprisingly subtle, I like it. I think the silver does not best show the difference, a darker colour would accentuate the Aero’s chrome over the standard.
Should see it through it’s final 18 months, well done Saab.
Red J, the Turbine wheels are an option for both, Griffin and Griffin Aero. What I know at the moment, as 18″ and 19″ wheels.
Love the refresh. Love the Aero X rims on the SC! Happy Independence Day Saab!
Subtle and nice, as there is no need to mess up with a still very handsome design (and especially waste money at it). The other side of the coin is that I, for one, am kind of dying to see these 18 months go by quickly so we can see the NG 93 😀
Is Autoweek.nl correct in its assumption that the 9-3X will be cancelled?
Nobody can say it, but when Saab talks about the Griffin edition, they talk about the Sedan and the SportCombi only.
First read then talk. (I say this to myself) 🙂
From the press release.
Doubt it, It looks like a 9-3x on the picture on this link…
Strange, I think the Facelift 9-3 will get some positioning lights on the corner of the lamps, just like Volvos or BMWs have.
Take a look at the 3 or 4 “dots”.
Those “dots” have been there since the 2008 facelift. At least in the US anyway, my 2008 9-3 Aero has them.
Damn, do want the turbine wheels NOW!
Hmm, I don’t like the SC at all… I saw this car live today and I just think it’s too much. The chrome details on the fog lights look odd to me and the wheels are waaay too big. They’re a perfect fit for the 9-5 but on the 9-3 they just look ghetto… However, I love the new front spoiler and the lamp pods.
You can always choose the non-Aero version. The wheels are smaller and there is no chrome on the fascia. 😉
Any ideas/news as to have there been any changes/upgrades on the suspension and steering rack?
I’m sorry guys but I don’t like the new bumpers. For me there can never be a better front look than this one:
With the black central part, dividing the bumper sides, looks like an F1 car.
I do like the interior though. Looks great, a bit like the 2003 9-5 Aero.
I’m confussed – is this the 2011.5 updates we have heard about for the past six months? Or just a special edition 2011 model?
This is the 2011.5 update.
It is at the same time a special edition a “End of Life” special edition.
And I thought that I just had plans fopr Hirsch Estate wing and engine upgrade in ther plan for my Griffin…
Those Aero X wheels just made me stare!! 😛
Finally I can get those and put them on my 9-5…
He he.. It´s gonna be stunning!
Don´t these Turbine wheels look ALOT more like the Aero X compared to the originals on the NG 9-5 Aero? More “open” between the spokes. Also the spokes looks more “twisted” and thinner mayby compared to the NG 9-5 Aero..?
Anyway. The do look stunning. If different from the 9-5 I hope the 2011 9-5 get these as well!!
Happy Independence Day!!
But the chrome line above the windows aren’t new for the 2011.5 facelift!? I have the same chrome line on my 9-3 SC Aero -10 and I think the chrome have been there since the last face lift.
Some more pics and info : http://rumors.automobilemag.com/2012-saab-9-3-receives-mild-power-cosmetic-upgrades-will-debut-geneva-20573.html/comment-page-1/#comment-5975
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