As the third Swedish car magazine, Teknikens Värld tested the “new” 9-3 Aero sedan. The result is not surprising, but there are two small new details.
There are the new seats that are "angular" than what Saab has delivered so far. But, writes Teknikens Värld, after the first impression, the long-distance comfort with the new furniture is still as good as in the previous versions. The seats no longer come from the long-standing supplier Lear, the plant in Trollhättan no longer exists. The new seats are manufactured for Saab in Sweden by the Havd Group and are essentially also used in the Volvo XC90.
Volvo seat in the Saab? Not really, just the basics are the same, and even if they were, it shouldn't be a problem. In Trollhättan they know what to expect when it comes to seating quality. A local supplier makes the car even more Swedish, and my first impression in December 2013 was very positive too, and the seats should live up to the brand's claim.
Another small change concerns the daytime running lights, which have been mandatory for new cars in all EU countries since 2011. The 9-3 comes onto the market as a new release from a new manufacturer. As strange as it sounds, NEVS is not Saab Automobile AB, so the new guidelines apply. Contrary to some expectations, the daytime running lights are not integrated in the headlights, where the LED lights for the signature light are located. This solution would certainly have been more elegant, but the LED spotlights have moved into the fog lights. Let's see if there is a solution that will last with the upcoming “update”.
The test vehicle was not yet equipped with the new infotainment system, writes Teknikens Värld. Customers can have a simple system with Bluetooth retrofitted at the Swedish Saab dealer. It is an open secret that the GM era devices are being exchanged with other manufacturers. What is being used is not yet officially confirmed, and the picture on the Chinese Saab page is a Photoshop exercise. So we have to continue to be patient.
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The Saab feels noticeably older than the competition, but still really good. He is comfortable to drive, offers good comfort. The 2 liter Turbo, there is currently only one gasoline engine with 220 PS, does well. A largely positive coverage of Teknikens Värld, as before with colleagues from Auto Motor Sport Sweden and Vi Bilägare. Not a bad start for NEVS.
Pictures of the new 9-3 in front of the main portal of the Saab factory can be found at Teknikens Värld.