Yes, I know that production is still halted, and thus no 9-3 is being build for the North American market, but Saab Cars of North America seems to prepare for the best (and only) outcome of this affair, and information about the MY 12 9-3, also known as the 9-3 Griffin in some parts of Europe, have begun to arise.
Frank Wulfers from SaabWorld wrote about the catalogue of the 9-3 MY 12 being available.
Only one engine will be available, namely the same 2L direct injected turbo engine found in the 9-5 that will sport 220 hp, or 260 hp with some kind of Swiss love.
And yesterday one of our readers sent us a link with the price list of the MY 12 at Edmunds.
Comparing that list with the BYC list at the Saab USA site, those are still MY 11, you will only miss the 9-3 SC Aero. But I don#t know if many of those have been sold in the past.
Some prices have come down, while the base Turbo4 has the same price, the Aero Sedan is $1,000 less expensive, and the reduction is even higher on convertibles. This said, I have not checked if the My 11 and MY 12 are identically equipped, or if MY 12 are better equipped than MY 12.
The estimated EPA mileage is also somehow better for the new engine, while the MY 11 Turbo4 manual FWD was giving you 21/31 (cty/hwy) the new more powerful engine will give you 20/33 according to Edmunds. The AWD wit automatic transmission improves the mileage from 17/27 to 18/29.
I can’t find the terms of the current warranty, but those are the ones for the MY 12
- Basic: 4 yr./ 50000 mi.
- Drivetrain: 4 yr./ 50000 mi.
- Free Maintenance: 3 yr./ 36000 mi.
- Roadside: 4 yr./ 50000 mi.