SAABSTANCE Singapore

Hello and greetings from Singapore!

Firstly, will like to congratulate the new refreshed SAABSUNITED page as well as the new Svenska Saabklubben Team for taking over this fabulous site that all SAAB Fanatics globally have grown to love and to appreciate over the years.

Personally used to have had the pleasure of 5 SAABs and it has been nothing short of an exciting journey and relatively fuss free.

MY 01 SAAB 9-5 2.0t

MY 06 SAAB 9-5 SC 2.0t

MY 00 SAAB 9-5 2.3T HOT AERO

MY 06 SAAB 9-3 SC 2.0T VECTOR

MY 08 SAAB 9-3 SS 2.0T AERO – VRN “360” as you may have seen in some photos

Will be showcasing to you some images taken by yours truly as well as a short write up of Singapore. Scroll on!

 

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A word on those 2011 model updates

Saab surprised all by letting out press releases earlier today with regard to the 2011 Saab 9-3 and the 2011 Saab 9-5.

A summary release gives the main dot points.

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Trollhättan, Sweden: For Model Year 2011, Saab is introducing major powertrain improvements: class-leading CO2 emissions of just 119 g/km in the 9-3 range and a wider engine choice for the newly-launched 9-5 sedan.

Saab 9-3 range:

  • Class-leading CO2 emissions of just 119 g/km with 4.5 l/100km combined cycle fuel economy for diesel-powered Saab 9-3 Sport Sedans in Linear or Vector specification. In terms of CO2 per unit of horsepower, the 180 hp engine delivers the most efficient performance in the compact segment.
  • More powerful 1.9-liter diesels, all with two-stage turbocharging. New 130 hp TTiD replaces the previous 120 hp, single turbo TiD unit and a 160 hp TTiD version replaces the 150 hp TiD. They join the range-topping 180 hp/400 Nm TTiD variant.
  • Average10 percent reduction in CO2 emissions across the gasoline and diesel range
  • New 163 hp, 2.0-liter gasoline turbo available with Saab XWD for 9-3 Sport
    Sedan, SportCombi and 9-3X soft-roader
  • Distinctive TX special edition continued across the range
  • New rear badging to match format introduced on new 9-5 sedan

Saab 9-5 sedan:

  • Greater customer choice: powertrain line-up now expanded from three to six engines – 190 hp, 2.0 TTiD introduced, available with Saab XWD, as well as two-wheel drive.
  • First Saab diesel with XWD system, Offered in addition to 160 hp, 2.0 TiD engine with two-wheel drive.
  • Rightsized, 180 hp, 1.6 Turbo gasoline engine lowers price entry point. Among most efficient production engines in its class, producing 112 hp per liter
  • New 220 hp, 2.0-liter BioPower engine – able to run on gasoline and/or E85 fuel (85% bioethanol,15% gasoline) in any blends.

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For those of you who were expecting more from the 9-3 in terms of exterior and interior changes, I’ve mentioned previously that those changes are now expected later in the model year, possibly as a MY2011.5 enhancement or as an early release for the 2012 model year.

What we’ve got here for the 9-3, however, should not be regarded in any way as insignificant. This is a major enhancement of the 9-3 model range for Saab because the changes made go to making the car much more marketable in Europe, a continent where Saab should be doing so much better than what it has done in the last 5 years or so.

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Press Release: New Saab 9-3 Diesels Set 119 g/km CO2 Class Benchmark

This would be, essentially, the summary press release for the 2011 Saab 9-3, if I’m not mistaken. As mentioned previously in entries about the 9-3 and the Paris Auto Show, the main deal for 2011 is mechanical, not cosmetic, and the real groundbreaker is a very clean diesel setup that’s going to make the 9-3 a very attractive proposition in the European marketplace.

Make sure you read the whole thing, which includes extension to the TX lineup, a new 163hp XWD car ….. and more. I assume more detailed releases will come at the Paris Show.

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Class-leading CO2 emissions of 119 g/km are on offer within the latest Saab 9-3 range, which benefits from an across-the-board emissions reduction of 10 percent.

For Model Year 2011, all diesel engines have more powerful two-stage turbocharging and, in the Sport Sedan, the 180 hp 1.9 TTiD unit gives CO2 emissions of just 119 g/km and exceptionally low, combined cycle fuel consumption of 4.5 l/100 km. In terms of CO2 per unit of horsepower, this combination now delivers the most efficient performance in the compact segment.

Other model year enhancements include: the continuation of the TX Edition for all bodystyles; the introduction of a 163 hp gasoline turbo engine with Saab XWD; and the addition of a ‘change-up’ indicator in the instrument cluster to encourage economical driving.

CO2 reduced to 119 g/km

Saab engineers have delivered class-leading diesel performance following an 18-month development program which focused on achieving an average 12 percent reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. For Sport Sedan models, the result is emissions below 120 g/km, a key vehicle taxation threshold in many European markets.

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