Thursday, January 21, 2010

Saab Offers XWD Option to 9-3 2.0-liter Turbo Models

Saab is using this week’s British Motor Show to introduce the all-new 9-3 2.0T XWD. The Swedish carmaker’s fully automatic, all-wheel-drive system that was previously available only on the top-of-the-line 9-3 2.8 V6 Turbo, will be offered as an option for the 9-3 2.0-liter Turbo 210Hp Aero Saloon and SportWagon models. Additionally, buyers of both 9-3 variants can also opt for a sports chassis set-up, with stiffer springs and dampers, larger brake discs and 18/19-inch alloy wheels.

“This makes a very nimble handling package for the 9-3 range,” said Per Jansson, Vehicle Integration Engineer for Saab XWD. “Saab is best known for using a relatively small four-cylinder turbo engine and our XWD system makes a perfect partner. Its compact and sophisticated design improves weight distribution, as well as handling and traction.”

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