We waited a long time! Almost three years ago we were able to read an article about the test drive with a new Saab somewhere.
The Swedish car magazine Vi biliar has already tested the new Saab 9-3 Aero. Excerpts from what is presumably the first test are now available on the Internet. I think we like the opening sentence: "Saab 9-3 är fortfarande en bra bil ..."" The Saab 9-3 is still a good car ... "
The journalist Calle Carlquist, on the road in the first product manufactured under NEVS's direction, thinks that the 9-3 - which was launched in its basic features in 2002 - drives like a modern car.
He was on his way to Lidköping with the automatic version. He thinks the sporty and comfortable set-up of the 9-3 is a success. The big novelty, apart from the modifications to the chassis, are the seats in the interior. Not only do they look good, they now also offer women better protection against whiplash injuries in the event of an accident.
The first impressions are absolutely positive. What is missing are the latest assistance systems, such as an autonomous braking function. But the car does not feel that it's ready for retirement. If you order a new Saab in Sweden today, you can expect a delivery at the end of April.
Readers of Vi Bilägare can read more about the first Saab test in a long time in the print version from March 11th. So far, so positive, you could say. The NEVS team did a good job. The discussion that develops in Sweden around the 9-3 is interesting. Again and again you hear that the price is perceived as too high, and this is exactly how some commentators on Vi Bilägare see it. Hmm Is around € 30.000 too much money for a well-equipped aero? After all, the base is 12 years old, and that seems to be written into the minds of potential buyers.
So the price could become an issue that will decide on the success. The announced update should be subtle and the 9-3 not really be recognizable as a new car. Evolution instead of revolution, the revision is based on the 9-3 Griffin. If the modifications in the interior also remain restrained, and it looks like that, then it could be difficult for all inner values.
Although I am also of the opinion that the 9-3 still feels and drives excellent, and that the availability of optionally available modern multimedia systems plays a role in the new edition, it is probably the price-performance ratio and a low leasing rate that are what will be crucial. If these parameters are not correct, the 9-3 remains only a case for real Saab fans.