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,
making this car a perfect choice for company car users, and a
cost-effective option for customers keen to reduce fuel consumption and
their carbon footprint.
For Model Year 2011, all 9-3 diesel
engines have more advanced twin turbocharged engines and, in the saloon,
all three engines give CO2 emissions of just 119 g/km and
exceptionally low combined cycle fuel consumption of 62.8 mpg. The most
powerful variant, the 180 hp 1.9 TTiD, now delivers the most efficient
performance for a four cylinder diesel engine in the marketplace in
terms of CO2 per unit of horsepower.
CO2 reduced to 119
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 saloon models, the
result is emissions below 120 g/km, a key vehicle taxation threshold in
the UK market, and the cleanest and most efficient Saab ever.
By introducing twin turbochargers
across the diesel range, Saab engineers have optimised the engines to
harness more power and torque in the interests of fuel consumption and
The 1.9-litre diesel line-up now
comprises a 130 hp TTiD unit (replacing the previous 120 hp TiD engine),
a 160 hp version (replacing the 150 hp TiD engine) and a range-topping
180 hp/400 Nm variant.
With these engines and manual
transmission, the 9-3 saloon delivers outstanding combined cycle fuel
economy of 62.8 mpg and 119 g/km CO2 emissions, and is
tax-exempt for vehicle excise duty. The SportWagon offers an impressive
61.4 mpg and low CO2 emissions of 122g/km and for the
Convertible, the respective figures are 54.3 mpg and 137g/km.
To dip under the 120 g/km level,
optimised gearing is fitted without affecting acceleration or top speed.
Other efficiency measures introduced
- Recalibrated engine management
with improved fuel injection and combustion control
- Revised gear ratios to match new
power and torque characteristics
- Improved electrical power
management, including sophisticated alternator control when battery
charging is not required and more efficient electro-hydraulic power
- Low rolling resistance tires for
reduced road friction
- Improved aerodynamics, with rear
underbody deflector blades
- Reduced weight through lighter
construction and sound-deadening materials
- Revised torque converter for
automatic transmission with optimised shift programming.
The all-turbo petrol line-up, which
features an average reduction in fuel consumption and CO2
emissions of 7 percent, also benefits from some of these measures.
Standard Equipment Enhanced for
In addition to the significant
powertrain improvements, standard equipment levels have been increased
for MY11. All 9-3 models now come with Bluetooth phone integration and
heated front seats as standard. Other model year enhancements include
the introduction of a ‘change-up’ indicator in the instrument cluster to
encourage economical driving; a clutch interlock system on manual
transmissions; child seat top tether anchorage points and a perforated
leather sport steering wheel on Aero models. Two new exterior paint
colours have been added to the range – Diamond Silver and Java and rear
engine badging has been changed to follow the same style as used on the
new 9-5 saloon.