• Jun 21st 2010 at 2:01PM
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If Saab is going to survive, much less thrive on its own, it's going to need more fresh product to supplement the just-launched 9-5. An all-new 9-3 is going to play a big part in the revival of the Swedish brand, and Saab is reportedly hard at work on a new platform for its mainstream model.

The new platform, reportedly dubbed the "Phoenix Architecture" will likely also underpin the next generation 9-5, although it may adopt some pieces from the current model such as the Hi-Per strut front suspension. Prior the GM bankruptcy, it had been decided that the next 9-3 would move from the mid-size Epsilon platform to the compact Delta platform. At this point it looks like Saab will stick with the downsizing plan with it's internally developed compact as it targets the Audi A3 is its main competitor. The hardcore Saab fans out there will also be glad to hear that the new model will include a revival of the dearly departed hatchback form factor.

Powerplants remain an open question for Saab, with BMW still likely to be the front-runner as a supplier. The 1.6-liter engines from the Mini Countryman are one probably candidate, with the 184 horsepower turbocharged Cooper S being a range topper. Before the new 9-3 arrives in 2012, Saab may also do a refresh of the current model, adding the 180 horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four that recently debuted in the new Astra.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      SAAB needs a more functional chassis design. It would be nice to see them take a leap of faith and bring a 4 cyl turbo diesel to the US. Also the hatchback would be great if it was designed with a stow and go seating where the back seats fold down flat.

      Obviously a Suzuki 2wd/AWD on/off switch would be the icing on the cake creating an great commuter car on the weekday and a fun AWD for the weekend. The car needs to light, great MPG and fun to drive. There is no point making a car go 150 MPH anymore so MPG and 0-60/cornering is FAR more important.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A3? lmao. awesome. one of the oldest designs in audi's lineup and lowest sellers, that's a fine bar to set.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Definitely a 9-3 guy here....If I ever owned a saab it would be a 9-3....

      It's kinda like 3 series/5 series

      The 9-5 is the fat bloated one and the 9-3 is the cool sexy better one...IMO
      • 5 Years Ago
      The news surrounding SAAB the latest month have been truly promising. Love it when car manufacturers make the correct decisions GREAT!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The new 9-3 isn't going to be based on GM's Delta platform anymore and will be based on a in-house revised version of the Epsilon I which the current 9-3 is based on. It actually will have an increased wheelbase and be slightly wider. I don't know where you guys get this stuff when Saab officials have been open about what they actually doing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ehh, I'd take a TDI A3 over a saab any day.

      quality and value > image
        • 5 Years Ago
        and the TDI gets 42 mpg, not even an option for the saab
        • 5 Years Ago
        Then why would you want to pay more for a golf in a (questionably) prettier frock?
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