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.
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.