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Reppu
02-10-2005, 08:35 AM
Official pics and article at <A HREF="http://www.km77.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.km77.com</A><p><A HREF="http://www.km77.com/marcas/saab/9-3_05/sportcombi/galeria.asp" TARGET="_blank">http://www.km77.com/marcas/saa...a.asp</A><br><A HREF="http://www.km77.com/marcas/saab/9-3_05/sportcombi/texto.asp" TARGET="_blank">http://www.km77.com/marcas/saa...o.asp</A><p>- New 2.8 Turbo 6cyl engine with an output of 250hp<br>- New ESP functionalities<br>- New "twinfloor" boot, 419l of capacity (421 in the sedan <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/bonk.gif" BORDER="0"> )<br><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Reppu at 4:40 PM 2/10/2005</i>

carrera4
02-10-2005, 08:40 AM
same pics at <A HREF="http://www.autorevue.cz" TARGET="_blank">http://www.autorevue.cz</A><br><IMG SRC="http://www.autorevue.cz/Images/4841/11.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.autorevue.cz/Images/4841/22.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.autorevue.cz/Images/4841/33.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>

DaDesign
02-10-2005, 11:36 AM
Man, that thing looks awsome... love the tail lights, I wounder how they light up

Nick
02-10-2005, 11:45 AM
most likely LED's...though I know there are these lights out there that when they aren't lit up, they are clear, and when they light up they show color...can't remember what they are called though...

ChrisDyson
02-10-2005, 12:00 PM
Do you mean like electroluminescent?

Ascariss
02-10-2005, 01:18 PM
Not bad, side profile looks great, the front picture is ok, but not the best angle, should look much better from another angle. Rear, I like the twin exhausts, but the lights are not growing on me, yet. Will make more judgements with more pics.

Top Secret
02-10-2005, 02:04 PM
Wow, most probably the first Saab design I like. The rear is excellent, but the front is not as aggressive as the rear.

1966_GTO_
02-10-2005, 02:44 PM
I like it. I would've liked to see a more aggressive front end, but the side profile looks great. I like the taillights, they add some excitement to the rear end. I'd like to see this in person...

Charger
02-10-2005, 02:46 PM
Its pretty good looking but the D pillar area looks a bit odd to me, Im not sure what it is. Its a pretty big blind spot

Omar
02-10-2005, 03:55 PM
i like the back end, if only because its something different from the norm.<p>but in that pic, the front just looks so aged. dunno why, but it looks a really tired old design from the front. maybe its the lower bumper - the front fog lights look crap and boring, as do the grey plasticky stuff seperating the foglights.

jro4566
02-10-2005, 04:06 PM
It looks great, but 250HP from a twin-turbo V6 is very disappointing.

syclone
02-10-2005, 04:44 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>jro4566</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">It looks great, but 250HP from a twin-turbo V6 is very disappointing.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I'm going tto have to disagree with that. The engine is only 2.8 - extracting much more than that would mean a high pressure turbo likely to come with lag issues. I also wouldn't be surprised if a higher output version appears in a Viggen version in the not too distant future.<p>I like the lights - I'm quite surprised they made it to production so big and with the clear lenses. They remind me of the concept, and give the 9-3 back some of its lost quirkiness.

saabish
02-11-2005, 04:40 AM
Looks "hot-as-hell" in blue. Let's hope it's as good to drive as it's to look at.

copic
02-11-2005, 06:30 AM
Oh my gosh, that rear ROCKS!!! Congrats to saab for not falling to the saabaru-whatever-but-boring-hole, looks unique, elegant, premium and very very Saab. The resonance here in the forum is obviously quite good so I hope that can be said for the public, too. Would be good for Saab ... hope so, really, because I just love Saab. Well done, guys!

SV
02-11-2005, 06:51 AM
i love those taillights, good job saab <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beerchug.gif" BORDER="0">

DoMiNo
02-11-2005, 09:08 PM
WOW! Bravo! Finally a Saab that recaptures the quirky coolness of the brand.

Hornbag
02-11-2005, 10:40 PM
WOW! What a kewl car! I thought GM killed this car, but im glad they didnt. The back is great, another platic fantastic job (Naga)! Those tail lamps looks like they are fully intergrated into the car, unlike most wagons. The fron is very plain tho, but side profile is what i expected. Overall very nice. Saab's best yet! (i mean since GM took over)

Top Secret
02-11-2005, 11:19 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Hornbag_1</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> Those tail lamps looks like they are fully intergrated into the car, unlike most wagons. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Which wagons have tail lights which don't look like they are integrated with the car?!

Krypton
02-12-2005, 08:55 AM
very cool looking car, whats the point of haveing 9-2x and this

LEXUS FAN!
02-12-2005, 02:57 PM
the back is kind of futuristic

Naga Royal Guard
02-12-2005, 05:07 PM
i think this is a regression from the 9-3 sedan, i dont dig :(

Hornbag
02-12-2005, 05:54 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Top Secret</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Which wagons have tail lights which don't look like they are integrated with the car?!</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Cars like the Falcon wagon look hideous. Like the designers just chucked a tail lamp design that doesnt fit. Also the colour really ties in with the car, like sort of matching that chrome strip on the back. I love it...

Nick
02-13-2005, 12:25 AM
well, I think the 9-2x is smaller, and it is a hatch...this is a wagon which will most likely compete with the 3 series wagon I would assume...

fubar
02-14-2005, 04:17 PM
I think it's very cool. Not as cool as the Sporthatch concept, but cool nonetheless. It will be good competition for the Volvo V50 and Audi A4 2.0T

DoMiNo
02-14-2005, 06:09 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>fubar</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I think it's very cool. Not as cool as the Sporthatch concept, but cool nonetheless. It will be good competition for the Volvo V50 and Audi A4 2.0T</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Yea... I like the V50 (and granted, its interior is much nicer), but I think the Saab is sportier and more stylish. That'd make a nice comparison test there!

piokor
02-14-2005, 09:25 PM
I actually think that this car is too big to be compared to the V50. Its more similar in size to the V70.<p>Is this premiering in Geneva?

knicks125
02-14-2005, 11:39 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>NDannYR</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Man, that thing looks awsome... love the tail lights, I wounder how they light up</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I'd be the first one in this thread to say I don't like those tail lights...the car looks okay but i second with Naga, "i don't dig" <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beigesmilewinkgrin.gif" BORDER="0">

Tidal
02-15-2005, 06:51 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>DoMiNo</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">WOW! Bravo! Finally a Saab that recaptures the quirky coolness of the brand. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I like it too, but i don't think it's that quirky. The back is somewhat reminiscent of the Renault Megane estate imo. I thought this was supposed to come with a front end restyling, it is starting to look dated. Now, couple questions: why did we have to wait so long, and why does Cadillac get a version of the new aero v6, but with more power? is that going into a new 9-3 viggen?

summersun54
02-18-2005, 06:04 AM
I think they should engineer a hatchback before its too late.. but for all you Americans (no disrespect intended), dont like hatchbacks so the car was made a saloon..<br>Anyway if there is a hatch vectra why no hatch Saab... <br>I like the estate it ads a bit if character to the car but a clamshell bonnet should have been a must at launch. a la 9-5<br>

fubar
02-18-2005, 10:17 AM
The tail lights should light up just like the facelifted FX 35/45. The bulbs are clear or "Silver" looking but illuminate Red for the brakes and amber for the turn indicators.

viggen
02-19-2005, 04:22 AM
<IMG SRC="http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/picture_library/dir_37/car_portal_pic_18562.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/picture_library/dir_37/car_portal_pic_18563.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/picture_library/dir_37/car_portal_pic_18564.jpg" BORDER="0">

jro4566
02-19-2005, 08:41 AM
Viggen, those picture look gorgeous.

Krypton
02-19-2005, 10:12 AM
yea, those tailights look so futuristic. Do they light up like the rx330

jro4566
02-19-2005, 04:19 PM
You mean with red lights? Yes they do, but isn't it illegal not to have taillights that light up red or "amber"?

piokor
02-27-2005, 11:02 PM
Some more pics:<p> <IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.com/files/specials/2005_geneva/sportcombi/images/z0307%20saab3.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br> <IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.com/files/specials/2005_geneva/sportcombi/images/z0307%20saab4.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br> <IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.com/files/specials/2005_geneva/sportcombi/images/z0307%20saab5.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br> <IMG SRC="http://www.autoweek.com/files/specials/2005_geneva/sportcombi/images/z0307%20saab6.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br>-www.autoweek.com

syclone
02-28-2005, 12:59 PM
any word on pricing? id imagine thar with the v6 its a fair bit more than the sedan

piokor
02-28-2005, 07:18 PM
I think I read somewhere that it will start under $30k.

bucket
03-01-2005, 08:52 AM
for that kind of money i think i'd rather have a V50 T5 awd, regardless of which car is faster. i like the tail of this saab, mostly because it reminds me of a volvo 855, but the front end seems like it was taken from the mid-late 90's saab 900. for some reason i find the total package on this less attractive than i do the sedan, which i am not terribly fond of to begin with.

protocatcher
03-03-2005, 11:04 AM
Not all versions will have those frosted lights.<br>Have seen some cars now , with normal red backlights.So maybe the frosted lights are option , or part of the Aero package.

Addex
03-05-2005, 02:54 PM
Looks like them all may get them.<p> <A HREF="http://www.saab.com/main/GLOBAL/en/model/93_WAGON/index_flash.shtml" TARGET="_blank">http://www.saab.com/main/GLOBA...shtml</A>

copic
03-06-2005, 04:10 AM
no. check <A HREF="http://www.saabusa.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.saabusa.com</A> and you'll see that the americans r gonna get the red-lighted-version... not really worse than the frozen version, but different.<br>look at this pic for example:<p><IMG SRC="http://www.saabusa.com/flash/combi/gallery/enlarged/ext6.jpg" BORDER="0">

Soul Man
03-06-2005, 09:31 AM
i like those taillamps much better than the frosted ones, although the frostede ones are cool, they will end up being like the altezza taillights which were quite cool when they first came out on a production car (then again i think iwas 9 so cool had a dfferent meaning then) and now they look tacky andd ated. i dotn know if the frosted will look tacky five years or so down teh road, but i think they will look quite dated.

BuffaloNY
03-16-2005, 01:26 PM
When I saw the frosted lamps for the 1st time I instantly thought of the Scion xB. <p>I like the red ones infinitely better.

SV
03-16-2005, 05:02 PM
it does look good, i'm not sure which taillight style i prefer though. as dooey said however, the frosted look will most likely look dated in a few years.

LoneWolf
03-16-2005, 05:14 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>BuffaloNY</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I like the red ones infinitely better. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I couldn't agree more. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">

protocatcher
03-18-2005, 12:43 PM
U see, i was right .....;-)<br>And i think the red once look better too.

knicks125
08-05-2005, 08:57 AM
<B>Saab Announces 2006 9-3 SportCombi Pricing</B><p><A HREF="http://media.gm.com/servlet/GatewayServlet?target=http://image.emerald.gm.com/gmnews/viewpressreldetail.do?domain=502&docid=17082" TARGET="_blank">http://media.gm.com/servlet/Ga...17082</A>

nismo
08-05-2005, 12:16 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>knicks125</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><B>Saab Announces 2006 9-3 SportCombi Pricing</B><p><A HREF="http://media.gm.com/servlet/GatewayServlet?target=http://image.emerald.gm.com/gmnews/viewpressreldetail.do?domain=502&docid=17082" TARGET="_blank">http://media.gm.com/servlet/Ga...17082</A></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Very impressive. I've always liked the 9-3 but it seemed overpriced when compared to its competition. Now with improved engines and more equipment to go along with a lower price its definately something to consider. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://images.zeroforum.com/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>210hp base is big improvement from the lousey 175hp and its even cheaper than before <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/ylsuper.gif" BORDER="0">

zoo_b
08-06-2005, 03:03 PM
Love it. But dunno why they can't offer AWD. I guess I'm gonna head to Audi, VW or BMW for my next car.

knicks125
08-06-2005, 04:07 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>zoo_b</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Love it. But dunno why they can't offer AWD. I guess I'm gonna head to Audi, VW or BMW for my next car.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>While AWD is a desirable fact for many buyers, the simple fact this car cost thousands less than the A4 Avant and the 3 Series Wagon makes a worthy choice for those in consideration of a near-luxury wagon.<p>As for VW, I assume you are talking about the Passat wagon. The current model is not even on the same level as the beforemetioned vehicles; the top-of-the-line 2.8L V6 (190hp) in the GLX trim is a bit on the low side. However, the new engine in the new Passat sedan (3.6L V6 with output of 280hp) can join the group for comparisons. Too bad the wagon won't be offered initially with the sedan verison.

zoo_b
08-08-2005, 08:24 PM
Well don't you think they sorely need an AWD car to be competitive in the luxury market? Actually when you load up the options and also considering the low residuals on Saabs, the Audi and BMWs are better deals, not to mention that they throw in the maintenance for the first few years. I love Saabs, but just can't get around the "deal". No I was refering to the 2006 Passat.

knicks125
08-09-2005, 05:27 PM
Yes I agree with you about the AWD as an option would be more attractive, but given the lower prices vs. competition, and on the price factor alone would generate a few more sales. Also, considering this class is still near luxury, or premium, which means price is still a factor during selection. <p>I am sure given enough consumer needs, Saab would add AWD as an option during its next refresh/facelift on this.<p>As for the Passat, a lot of people still view it as an entry level, along with the Camry, Accord, Sonata, Altima, and others; although I believe the new Passat might change that.

JBlair
08-09-2005, 08:08 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>knicks125</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>I am sure given enough consumer needs, Saab would add AWD as an option during its next refresh/facelift on this.<p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>They can't add AWD for this generation of 9-3 because Epsilon in its current form isn't built for it. Next-gen 9-3 would be more likely for AWD.

DrPetrus
08-11-2005, 08:02 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JBlair</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Next-gen 9-3 would be more likely for AWD.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I seriously doubt there will be a next gen SAAB 9-3. At all.

piokor
08-11-2005, 10:50 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>DrPetrus</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>I seriously doubt there will be a next gen SAAB 9-3. At all.</TD></TR></TABLE><p><br>Why would you say that? Do have any reason to believe that there won't be another 9-3 eventually?

DrPetrus
08-12-2005, 07:01 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>piokor06</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Why would you say that? Do have any reason to believe that there won't be another 9-3 eventually?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Well SAABs not exactly the crownjewel in the GM tiara is it? A few brands has to go and I believe SAAB will be one of them. Within 3 years. I hope I am wrong but I dont think I am.

piokor
08-12-2005, 09:59 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>DrPetrus</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Well SAABs not exactly the crownjewel in the GM tiara is it? A few brands has to go and I believe SAAB will be one of them. Within 3 years. I hope I am wrong but I dont think I am.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Um...GM has stated on several occasions that they need Saab. Saab is their only premium European brand. I believe that as GM trims down its domestic brands, it will put more focus on Saab, turning it around the same way it turned Cadillac around.<p>Even if you are right and GM does drop Saab, I'm pretty sure it would be picked up by another company like PSA, Renault or maybe even Toyota or Honda...

JBlair
08-12-2005, 10:09 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>DrPetrus</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Well SAABs not exactly the crownjewel in the GM tiara is it? A few brands has to go and I believe SAAB will be one of them. Within 3 years. I hope I am wrong but I dont think I am.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>GM won't be shedding brands anytime within the next 3 years. And piokor is right; Saab is a critical element in GM's european arm, and is the only truly european brand that GM sells in the US.

Nodnarb
09-14-2005, 08:47 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Cheers and Gears</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">First customer deliveries are being rolled out in Europe from September 5 and Saab dealers around the world have already placed advance orders for more than 8,500 cars, a record for the launch phase of a new Saab model.<p>To meet such unprecedented demand, overtime is being introduced at the Saab assembly plant in Trollhttan, Sweden, and this year's production target has been increased by more than 30 per cent, to 20,000 cars.<p>"We are delighted to have a bulging order book for this new product and our main challenge right now is to meet the high level of customer demand at our dealerships," says Jan-ke Jonsson, Saab Automobile's managing director. "Customers have so far placed orders purely on the basis of what they have seen and read about the car, so we can look forward to building on this strong momentum as the first display and demonstrator models become available."<p>Sporty, five-door styling and a strong, muscular 'hewn from solid' stance give the 9-3 SportCombi a distinctive character alongside its successful 9-3 Sport Sedan and Convertible peers. In the U.S. market, the SportCombi 2.0T comes with a 2-liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine rated at 210 horsepower and 221 lb. ft. of torque. The 9-3 Aero SportCombi features as standard Saab's new 2.8-liter, 250-horsepower/258 lb. ft. Turbo V6, which makes it the fastest production Saab ever. <p>The arrival of the 9-3 SportCombi takes Saab into the premium, mid-size wagon class for the first time and is set to give the brand a strong presence in this growing market segment. Customer deliveries begin first in Sweden and the United Kingdom, to be quickly followed by the rest of Europe. The SportCombi will arrive in North America by late autumn.<p>Saab is a division of General Motors Corp. Saab USA is the importer and/or distributor of Saab 9-2X, 9-3, 9-5 and 9-7X automobiles for Saab Automobile AB, Sweden. For more information, please visit <A HREF="http://www.saabusa.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.saabusa.com</A>.<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>More good news from GM and from a brand that could really use some good news. Either way, the source was not cited on C&G, but I am assuming it is from a press release.

StevenZoz
11-02-2005, 01:51 PM
Saab only sold 14 9-2x 's in the month of october<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/laugh2.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/laugh2.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/laugh2.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/laugh2.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/laugh2.gif" BORDER="0">

Nodnarb
11-02-2005, 02:50 PM
<IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/cwm13.gif" BORDER="0"> Uh, what does that have to do with the 9-3 SportCombi?

StevenZoz
11-03-2005, 03:52 PM
there was no point of starting a new thread... so i stuck it into a saab thread

Nodnarb
11-03-2005, 04:08 PM
Could have been stuck <A HREF="http://carspyshots.net/zerothread?id=11509&page=5" TARGET="_blank">here,</A> but what ever. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/beerchug.gif" BORDER="0">