• May 28th 2006 at 11:25AM
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Autoblogger reader Swade notified us of an interior shot of the upcoming 2007 Saab 9-3 and opinions as well. Swade's take? The lack of differentiation with the 9-5 is quite disturbing. Reader opinion, on the other hand, was generally divided with some liking the cleaner look while others finding it cheap. An earlier post summarized the new interior's details: controls and layout similar to the 9-5 (and hence Swade's comment and comparison pic), more aluminum and the new wood coloration.

After taking a gander at the new interior, what's your take?

Thanks again, Swade!

[Source: Trollhattan Saab]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 9 Years Ago
      • 9 Years Ago
      Wow - generic GM HVAC and radio head.

      Just like a Caddy. Or a Chevy.

      Which is not a bad thing, given they are nice looking, and work well.

      But couldn't they differentiate the looks at least a tiny bit?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Since we have a 2003 9-3 Vector, we do watch this carefully.

      I have posted my comments on my blog.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Re jsmiles,

      "That inside looks like a Saturn Ion 2... the only thing missing is the centered tachometers...."

      In other words, it looks like a Saturn Ion, but not really?
      • 9 Years Ago
      The parts bin stereo is the only flaw. It reminds me of a mix of a traditional Saab interior and the interior of a new Subaru Legacy or Outback. The wood trim is not over-bearing, so it remains tasteful. The door design screams Subaru Outback.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Looks more like an Impala with the climate controls and stock radio. Now all they need to do is put a bench seat in the front and the shifter on the steering column.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Saab has been slowly deteriorating since GM got control. Just look at GM's cars and you can figure out why.

      Give it back to the Swedes and they will fix it.

      No way anything in the 9-3 segment using GM parts or design is going to be worth a damn.

      Once again GM shows how little it knows about cars.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I very much like the new dash, except for the GM parts bin stereo sticking out like a sore thumb.
      • 9 Years Ago
      This is aweful. Saab interiors are supposed to look like jet fighter cockpits, hence all the buttons and switches they used to have. I know GM says the change is for user experience but that's what makes a Saab quirky. If their intent was on cleaning it up, they should have used the interior design cues of the Aero X. That was the next step in Saab interior design.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Whiners will find a n y t h i n g to gripe about. This car needed a new dash desperately. It had so many buttons it was definitely less safe because of them. Knobs are in, buttons are out. The really interesting thing about the 2007 should be its swank exterior refresh. It looks posh, finessed and cool. Change is good.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I don't find what all the fuss is about this car. Gm just needs to drop Saab, and sell Cadillac in Foriegn lands. I think that it might happen soon, that's what they said on Detriot autoline, that saab had no more us in Gm.
      That inside looks like a Saturn Ion 2, and it's what, 15,000 dollars more, that is crapshit. I just hate it, The only thing they're missing is the centered tachometers, and it would be called the Saab 9-ion.
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