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News of  August 22, 2000
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News from Saab for autumn 2000 
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Saab 9-5 - Saab 9-3

  • Uprated 2.3-litre engine

  • Upgraded Saab 9-3 Aero

  • Rain-activated windscreen wipers

  • Upgraded Saab 9-3 SE

  • New ventilation air filter

  • All-turbo engine range

  • New key

  • New basic 2.0t engine

  • New bodywork colours

  • Isofix child seat mountings

  • New accessories

  • New bodywork colours

Saab 9-3 SE 2001

Photo: Saab

Saab 9-5  

Uprated Saab 2.3t Ecopower engine

The Saab 2.3-litre light pressure turbo engine - the Saab 2.3t Ecopower - has been uprated from 170 bhp to 185 bhp for livelier acceleration and a higher top speed.  

The engine performance has been raised by modifications to the Saab Trionic engine management system which controls the ignition, fuel injection, throttle and turbo boost pressure. To enable the exhaust valves to withstand the more difficult conditions caused by the higher engine output, they are now made of Nimonic, which is a nickel alloy with excellent heat resistance properties. The Saab 9-5 Aero is fitted with valves of the same type.  

Rain-activated windscreen wipers

Rain-activated windscreen wipers will be introduced during the model year as factory-fitted optional equipment on all variants of the Saab 9-5. The system is fully automatic and initiates wiping of the windscreen in response to falling rain or snow. A rain sensor mounted at the inner rear-view mirror on the inside of the windscreen uses infrared light to measure the amount of moisture on the windscreen. The sensor starts the wipers automatically and adjusts the wiping frequency to suit the intensity of rain or snow. The system switches steplessly between intermittent and continuous wiping to suit the amount of rain or snow falling onto the windscreen. 

Saab 9-3  

Upgraded Saab 9-3 Aero

The Saab 9-3 Aero has undergone extensive upgrading - inside and out. On the outside, the Aero models are fitted with the same aggressive front spoiler, side skirts and rear bumper housing as the Saab 9-3 Viggen, all of which combine to underscore the high performance of the car. A new 17-inch wheel is standard and contributes to enhancing the sporty appearance.  

The interior fittings and seats also emphasize the kinship with the Saab 9-3 Viggen. The front seats are the same as those of the Viggen models and, compared to the standard seats, have extra padding at the front edge for improved thigh support. The sides of the backrest have also been redesigned to provide better lateral support.  

In conjunction with the upgrading of the Saab 9-3 Aero, the Saab 9-3 Viggen will be withdrawn from the range in Europe and on the Asia/Pacific markets.  

Upgraded Saab 9-3 SE

Since the Aero models have been restyled, the Saab 9-3 SE is also upgraded and features a bodywork-coloured front spoiler, a rear bumper extension and side skirts. This is the same aerodynamic skirt kit as that fitted earlier to the Aero models of the Saab 9-3. All SE cars have white side direction indicator lenses, and a 17-inch wheel is available as a factory-fitted option.  

New 2.0t entry level engine - all-turbo engine range 

A new version of 2.0-litre light pressure turbo engine in the Saab 9-3 replaces the earlier 2.0t engine. The new engine is based on the 2.0-litre engine powering the Saab 9-5 and, compared to its predecessor, is equipped with new camshaft on the exhaust side, new and stronger pistons for lower compression, and new sturdier connecting rods. 

(August 17, 2000)

 

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