Saab 9-3 Independence Edition Convertible
The Saab 9-3 Independence convertible is a limited edition car, as only 366 units will be built. That's one for each day away from GM, plus one more to start the second year on a fresh start. Each limited edition car has its production number etched into the rear side windows. The car wears a unique amber orange metallic exterior paint, and custom eighteen-inch wheels to set it apart from other 9-3s on the road. The interior features beige leather seats with orange accents, a carbon-fiber-look instrument panel, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Independence Edition will have the familiar turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that makes 220 hp. Buyers will have their choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
Saab enters the ever-growing crossover segment with the new 9-4X. It debuted at the 2010 Los Angeles auto show and it was co-developed with the new 9-5 in the States. Saab claims it "really is a Saab car" but we can't help but notice the resemblance to the Cadillac SRX, both visually and mechanically. Behind the three-holed grille, a turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6 engine making 300 hp routed through a six-speed automatic transmission; power goes to all four wheels via Saab's XWD system. The classy interior includes items like navigation, a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound system, Bluetooth, auxiliary and USB ports, and rear seat entertainment.
We are anxious to see just how much Saab has separated itself from GM in the past year; we get to drive the 9-4X in May. The real test, however, comes when the new 9-3 arrives next fall. It must be good, and it has to sell well if Saab has any chance to live on independently.