The Saab line-up at the 2008 British International Motor Show featured a range of premium brands ready to enter all major segments of the global car market.
The Model Year 2009 Saab 9-3 sport sedan and SportCombi line-up features XWD as an option for 210 hp, 2.0-litre turbo models. Powered by an all-aluminum, four-cylinder engine the 9-3 line-up has a sports chassis set-up, with stiffer springs and dampers, larger brake discs and 18/19-inch alloy wheels.
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. On the open road, it operates seamlessly and helps the driver keep the car stable by splitting drive torque to counteract oversteer or understeer characteristics when cornering.
To optimise traction at take-off, Saab XWD also features an innovative, pre-emptive engagement of the rear wheels. Unlike conventional all-wheel-drive systems, this eliminates the need to detect front wheel slip before rear drive is activated.
Saab leads the automotive sector with its BioPower engines that deliver increased power while exploiting the environmental benefits of bioethanol (E85) as a sustainable
fuel. This unique flex-fuel technology is now offered for Aero variants in both 9-3 and 9-5 product ranges.
The 9-X BioHybrid, a future compact and the 9-4X BioPower concept announced Saab's imminent entry into Crossover segment. The concepts share signature Scandinavian styling themes while showcasing future developments in efficient powertrain technology.
The engine delivers 280 hp/206 kW and 400 Nm of torque, with both front and all-wheel-drive (Saab XWD) in the 9-3 range. A sports chassis set-up, as developed for the Turbo X limited edition, is offered with XWD.
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