The third Swedish car magazine Teknikens Värld has 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 "edgier" than what Saab has delivered so far. But, according to Teknikens Värld, after the first impression, the long-distance comfort with the new furniture continues to be as good as in the earlier versions. The seats are no longer from the long-standing supplier Lear, the factory in Trollhättan no longer exists. The new seats are manufactured for Saab in Sweden by the Havd Group and are also used in the core of the Volvo XC90.
Volvo seat in Saab? Not really, just the base is identical, and even if it were, then it should not be a problem. Trollhättan knows what to expect in terms of seat quality. A local supplier makes the car even more Swedish, and also my first impression in December 2013 was very positive, and the seats should meet the brand's demands.
Another minor change concerns daytime running lights, which have been compulsory for new cars in all EU countries since 2011. The 9-3 comes as a new release of a new manufacturer on the market. 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 headlight, where the LED lights of the signature light are located. This solution would certainly have been more elegant, but the LED spotlights have wandered into the fog lights. Let's see if it's a solution that will endure 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.