Trollhättan fans aren't quibbling in light of the gallows rescue Saab recently received from Spyker Cars, so perhaps everyone got distracted letting out a collective sigh of relief instead of checking the lineup's option sheets carefully. Whatever the reason, it turns out that Saab is back to relying on four-cylinder engines for all its 9-3 and 9-3X powertrain needs.
Never a stranger to odd powerplants or engines from disparate manufacturers, Saab's long tenure as a ward of General Motors led to the appearance of Ecotec four-cylinders along with a version of GM's "high feature" V6. The LP9 turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 was a delightful mill in the last Turbo X we tried, but there's plenty right with the four cylinder engines that remain standing.
At this point, we're just champing at the bit to try out the new 2010 9-5, a model slated to come to market soon with the 2.8-liter turbocharged V6 Aero first, followed by a 2.0-liter turbo four model shortly thereafter as a 2011 model.