The Saab 9-3 came from the successful Saab 900 series; it was one of the most successful line Saab released in the US. The 9-3 is the latest in a long line of sedans and coupes Saab has offered. Released in 1998 as a 1999 model, the 9-3 was a refreshing new entry level luxury sedan from Saab, a Swedish carmaker.
Along with the name change came upgrades to the suspension, steering and interior furnishings, as well as a minor exterior freshening. In the outside the 9-3 had been fitted with new bumpers in the front and back, a new grille the same as the 9-5 had, the reflector ramp had been taken away and the number plate had been moved up in its place. It also has a high placed brake light on the roof. The thing that has been improved or redesigned the most is its safety and chassis. The modification has made the 9-3 feel like a completely new car, with its improved chassis the car handle's corners with great precision. This was also the year that GM took full ownership of the Swedish car company.
The Saab 9-3 was offered with a multitude of options on the engine. They are the 2.0L light pressure turbo 150hp 240Nm/1800rpm, which was also offered for the 9-5, a 2.0L Turbo 185hp 263Nm/2100rpm, a 2.0L Turbo 205hp 280Nm/2200rpm, a 2.3L Turbo 230hp 350Nm/ and a 2,2L turbo diesel 115hp 260Nm/1900rpm. Even with its highly successful run, Saab mixed minor changes from time to time to keep the 9-3 fresh. As one of the first vehicles to use GM's new "Epsilon" vehicle architecture, the new 9-3 benefits from increased structural rigidity and larger overall dimensions. It's still squarely in the sport category among entry-luxury cars, but there's more interior room than before. Even though the hatchback is gone, the 9-3 is still easily recognizable as a Saab.
The 9-3 is one of the better-handling front-drive cars on the road you can find now-a-days. A rigid chassis interprets into a car that's easy to place in the corners and pleasingly particular on the highway. The low-pressure turbo provides ample acceleration for most driving situations, while the high-pressure 2.0-liter delivers a strong pull all through its power band. The new 9-3 has risen beyond average in numerous ways, but it still has to fiercely compete with the ever improving market. It's not faultless, but with much improved handling, sharp styling and a clean, functional interior in both sedan and convertible form, the 9-3 is finally back in the running.