New engines for Saab 9-3 and 9-5 ranges
The recently launched 9-5 gains two new engines, while the new units in the 9-3 range bring major cuts in emissions and running costs.
New for the 9-5
New to the 9-5 is a 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine. The new unit comes with Vector SE and Aero trims, with average economy of 47.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 159g/km, and gives Saab buyers the option of the company’s XWD four-wheel-drive system with a diesel engine for the first time.
Also joining the 9-5 range is a 177bhp turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine, which is available only with Vector SE trim. This gives a 0-60mph time of 9.5 seconds, as well as average economy of 36.2mpg and 179g/km CO2 emissions.
Meanwhile, the 9-3 benefits from revisions to its diesel engine range that bring an average rise in economy of 12%.
There are now three versions of the 1.9-litre engine to choose from, with 128-, 158- and 178bhp. In the saloon, the least powerful of these does average economy of 62.8mpg and emits just 119g/km of CO2.
Those figures make it the cleanest-ever Saab and represent a considerable improvement on the TiD 120 engine it replaces, bringing big benefits for company car users and private owners alike.
At the same time, Saab has also revised the petrol engine range – bringing average cuts of 7% in economy and emissions – while equipment levels have also improved across the range. All 9-3 models now come with Bluetooth and heated front seats as standard, as well as gearchange indicator to encourage more economical driving.