• Feb 20, 2011
The Saab 9-3 Independence Edition (based on the Aero Convertible) marks the day, February 23, one year ago when Saab left the General Motors corporate org chart to once again become an independent automaker (inasmuch as it can be called that, since it's still owned by Spyker). Expected to debut at next month's Geneva Motor Show, the Saab 9-3 Independence Edition has leaked onto the web a little early.

Unique Independence Edition touches include a new color called Sunset Red and special 18" wheels. Meanwhile, the interior gets parchment leather seats with an orange stripe down the middle, an orange needle on the turbo guage, a Super Sport steering wheel and an assortment of other interior bits from Saab specialist Hirsch. The best part, though, is that the 9-3 Independence Edition also gets the 220-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four from the Saab 9-5.

Enamored? Try not to be, because with only 366 individually-numbered examples to be sold worldwide, the likelihood of getting your hands on one is pretty slim indeed. Thanks for the tip, Knape!

[Source: SaabsUnited]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      that's a great looking convertible. love the color and wheels.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The 9-3's looks have held up incredibly well, considering that it launched for 2003 and hasn't changed much since.

        It still drives pretty well, too--and while normally I'd be leery of 258 lb/ft going through an aging platform's front wheels, it wouldn't be a 9-3 without torque steer, right?
      • 3 Years Ago
      So...why should we be excited that this version of the 9-3 is getting a 220hp engine when the current Aero gets the much more powerful & almost as effecient turbo 6?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Only 366 will be made?
      You know, given Saab's sales numbers from last year, I don't think it will be all that difficult to get one...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks pretty good. I actually really like the two-tone wheels.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Even better looking than usual, they also have a really nice interior which you can see here:

      http://www.saabsunited.com/2011/02/saab-9-3-independence-edition.html

      SAAB up!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the more aggressive front end.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I actually really like this one, the regular 9-3 convertible probably my favorite convertible under $50,000... Wonder if this one will replace that though... Only if it stays under $50,000 of course.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I highly doubt we'll see one of these in the US but if we do I have a slightly feeling the dealership I work for will get one. The interior looks very nice and I love the fact they carry the orange stripe into the stitching looks very well high class. Anyone know if they did the dash in leather ala the Hirsch option?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will there be a 9-4x Independence Edition, proudly, independently built in GM's Mexico plant? :P

      But seriously, best of luck to Saab in their new existence, and many happy returns.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Nope. Actually the convertibles used to be built in Austria, one of the first things that Spyker did was pull convertible construction into Trollhättan.
      • 3 Years Ago
      They still use GM platforms and engineering.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You can't re-engineer a whole model series in a year. That's part of why it was so difficult to get GM to sell Saab -- they wanted to just sell the name, while cutting off Saab's access to the new 9-5 and the 9-4x. Saab is working on their own platform now called "Pheonix," and they're entering into a number of strategic partnerships...such as partnerships to let other companies use the Phoenix platform, and a partnership that gives them access to BMW engines. Doing lots of smart things and trying hard to become one of the most (financially) efficient car companies in the world, and moving fast, but those GM platforms and parts are not just going to poof away overnight.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Having said that, the 9-3's platform was so far different from GM's Epsilon that nothing else could be built in Trollhattan (which didn't amuse GM). In fact, Saab's unique platform was the base for Epsilon II.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "The best part, though, is that the 9-3 Independence Edition also gets the 220-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four from the Saab 9-5."
      is incorrect, the 9-5 doesnt have a 2.0 lol wtf does this guy even know what a 9-5 is?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yes the Saab 9-5 comes in a 2.0T trim. They are releasing the Independence Edition worldwide, the 2.0T 9-5 is sold in European markets.
      • 3 Years Ago
      oh and btw the 220hp they stick in the 9-5 for the ghetto version is actually the engine that was built for and is in the 9-3 just they get a software upgrade in the 9-5 to make it worth the 50k base price, FYI that software easily maps up to 245hp, saabs are notoriously over-engineered, my point of contradiction was that unless ur talking about software and 10hp this car has no comparison and was not derived from the 9-5 its a pretty 9-3 with some whistles and bells and 10hp which means nothing cause you will still want to pump the map up to 245
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