No launch date has been set yet but Australian management is understood to be very keen to bring the BioPower to Australia. Saab has announced that three new diesel-powered 9-3 models will be available this month including the first diesel convertible in the country.
The BioPower boasts a reduction in life-cycle emissions of up to 80 percent when running on E85 in comparison to regular petrol. Performance actually increases when running E85 with the 2.3-litre turbo four rising from 136 kW /182 hp and 280 Nm / 206 ft-lbs to 154 kW / 206 hp and 310 Nm / 229 ft-lbs.
Despite the huge sugar cane industry in Australia, ethanol availability is currently limited at the pump meaning that a BioPower vehicle in Australia is likely to spend its life running on regular petrol.
Analysis: its great to see more petrol alternatives available in the market, even if the BioPower has been on sale in Europe for over a year. Ethanol's availability is still a limiting factor in Australia, but BioPower owners will be able to run on regular petrol between ethanol refills which should keep everyone happy.