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Normally, flashing should be discouraged, but the lack of any cover on this Saab 9-3 Aero convertible is something to be celebrated. The next-generation convertible that was born from jets was spied out and about, flashy as can be in brilliant yellow paint and chrome abounding.

The front end features some matte chrome accents, toning down all the metal and allowing the redesigned grillework and headlamps to take the leading role. The rear end is a dynamic shift from earlier models, with clear taillamps, a subtle spoiler and two exhaust pipes. The interior, from what we can tell from the photos, is standard Saab issue with the past years' design, including the two-tone steering wheel with built-in sound system controls and functional DVD navigation system and HVAC controls.

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[Source: SaabTurboClub via GMInsideNews]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Tim (and others): Holy crap, just a facelift?! You're right! I'm completely outraged that this MID CYCLE FACELIFT is just a facelift. /sarcasm

      Anyway, there are other improvements besides the awesome grille redesign. The interior, while the same cosmetically, has had some tweaks to reduce squeaks, rattles, and other annoyances. Also, new semi-aniline leather is available for the seats. The car looks awesome, which makes sense, because it's an awesome car. You naysayers have obviously either never driven one or have been brainwashed by the Germans.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like the forward movement of this Saab is a improvement from previous generations but is not where Saab needs to be to complete in their markets.Although the front looks new a bit aggressive and European, which I like.The side profile is nothing new.Maybe GM will change body styles in 3-4 yrs, when I'm in the market for a new ride.
      • 7 Years Ago

      Remember: the Convertible is the only one which will only have a slight restyle (it even keeps the old doors). The rest of the 9-3 range will have a deeper renovation.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Saab convertibles have really high belt-lines. Ridiculously high.

      The bottom of the door windows are about the same height as your chin. You feel like you are driving around in a hot tub.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Nothing is like driving a bathtub after owning and driving a 911 Cab. I personally think Saabs are sharp looking cars, and this is even better. I expect a redesign when GM releases their new front drive platforms.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sorry, but this car is badly in ineed of a full redesign. from the windsheild back, it looks pretty much idenitcal and the new front end just looks tacked on to me. For me, the lines of the car don't jive with what is going on up front.

      It is a pretty sad state for Saab these days. A once inovative an unique brand has withered on the vine under GM's watch. Honestly, how old are the platforms that Saab is using right now? Not trying to be smart, I am honestly curious.
      • 7 Years Ago
      DAMN! That's a nice ride. I always likes Saab drop-tops. They are sporty but not "hey look at me" obnoxious like most converts.

      "The next-generation convertible that was born from jets"...ha ha, love the cynicism Erin. I cringe every time I see that commercial.

      P.S. How's it feel being the only female contributor over there at the sausage-fest we call Autoblog?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Indeed, very good looking, the lower front end looks like the one on the Euro Focus.
      • 7 Years Ago
      And, unlike what you claim like it's an universal truth, I find SAABs beautifull, and far more interesting then Audis, BMWs or Mercedes. ;)
      • 7 Years Ago
      'Saab convertibles have really high belt-lines. Ridiculously high.'

      So they are the Steve Urkel of convertibles.
      do you got any cheese?
      • 7 Years Ago

      The platform used for the 9-3 is a quite new architecture which is shared with the actual European GM Opel vectra (realized in 2002)
      The car can be order with very efficient diesel in Europe and top performs iihs and euroncap crash-test.
      • 7 Years Ago
      GM should have let Saab die a natural death instead of keeping Saab on minimal life support for the last 20 years.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I liked the old one better.
      The nose on this one looks odd and just too long.
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