Saab Introduces Upgraded V6 Engines and New Cross Wheel Drive Models
Saab 9-3 Aero XWD
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25th February, 2009
Saab’s widely acclaimed all-wheel-drive system – Saab XWD (cross wheel drive)
– is given broader appeal and is now available in the latest 9-3 Aero Sport Sedan and SportCombi models.
These new models feature the cutting-edge XWD system which has been specifically tuned for the Saab 9-3 chassis and fully
exploits the power of an upgraded 2.8 litre V6 turbo engine delivering 206 kW* (increased from 188 kW*) and an impressive
400 Nm* (increased from 350 Nm*) of torque (convertible torque figure increased to 370 Nm*).
The increased performance V6 engine, now standard for the range, is a sophisticated, transverse-mounted compact and
light weight powerhouse that delivers the performance of a larger displacement engine.
Continuing the brand’s heritage of leadership in turbo power established in 1977, the 2.8 V6 delivers excellent
responsiveness through low speed torque and high rpm power as well as exceptional refinement.
Following on from the success of the XWD system in the Turbo X – the first vehicle to offer the state of the art XWD
system – the XWD delivers a level of driver control that promises to be ‘best in class’.
“The Saab XWD system sets a new benchmark in all-wheel-drive performance by offering customers a technologically
advanced, performance driving experience,” said Director of GM Premium Brands, Parveen Batish.
“The Turbo X was our first offering in the Australian market to feature this dynamic system; extending to our
Aero V6 models continues to provide innovative products to our customers.”
Introduced to Australia in 2008, the Saab Turbo X was offered in a special edition performance model with limited
numbers being released to customers in Australia and New Zealand.
Saab XWD System
Saab XWD is an ‘intelligent’, active system that continuously distributes engine torque between the front and rear
axles, giving optimum handling and grip in all driving conditions.
This fully automatic, on-demand system is capable of sending up to 100% of engine torque to the front or rear wheels
It offers owners’ sure-footed handling in low-grip conditions and its sophisticated operation also adds a further
sporty dimension to the driving experience in all road conditions.
On the open road, it operates seamlessly and helps the driver keep the car stable by splitting drive torque to
counteract over steer or under steer characteristics when cornering.
To optimise traction at take-off, Saab XWD also features an innovative, pre-emptive engagement of the rear wheels
which unlike conventional all-wheel-drive systems eliminates the need to detect front wheel slip before rear drive is
The new 9-3 Aero XWD models are now on sale in Australia and prices listed below are the recommended retail price
excluding dealer delivery and state/territory government charges:
|Sport Sedan 2.8TV6
||206 kW/400 Nm*
||206 kW/400 Nm*
Also available is an optional pack which includes an active rear limited-slip differential (eLSD), larger brakes and
18 or 19 inch alloy wheels. The 18-inch XWD Pack is an additional $3,510 and the 19-inch XWD Pack is an additional
$4,550 (includes LCT and GST).
The eLSD can transfer up to 50 per cent of maximum rear torque between the rear wheels, to whichever has more grip,
and its inclusion on the Turbo X was the first application of an electronically-controlled, rear limited-slip differential
in this segment of the market.
*Figures as per ECE regulations
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