The most popular Saab on our roads is the 9-3 II series. He is the everyday car par excellence, if you want to be traveling with a Saab. Safe, robust, fast and sufficiently spacious. Above all, it is a long-term car when a B207 engine provides the drive.
We had neglected the 9-3 in the last few months. The 9-5 was a topic with Paul, the 9000 is being processed by the Anna project, and the 9-3 I is always somehow on the blog. The last 9-3 has the potential for improvement and a makeover.
Saab Griffin design as a fresh cell treatment
The series had its last major overhaul in 2011. As the Saab 9-3 Griffin, it was once again made fit for the years to come. The successor was even further away than we were led to believe, the Griffin would have been with us until 2014 or 15. The chances of an extension of the career were not bad. Modern direct injection under the hood, up to 260 turbo hp, which provided a lot of driving pleasure.
The refined design at the front and rear was modern, but not fashionable. It replaced the facelift from 2008. Somehow the 9-3 became saabier, even more timeless thanks to its simple, rather Scandinavian lines. Then there were the ice-blue headlights that we already know from the Saab 9-5 and 9-4x.
A final Saab Design Evolution, very well thought out and consistent. The last, with tasteful lines published work to the team of design chief Simon Padian, who works for Volvo today. Unfortunately, far too few Saab 9-3 Griffin ran off the line, and far too few came to Germany.
Above all, the background that nothing remotely comparable will come from Trollhättan makes the Griffin design exciting and desirable. Inevitably, Mark and I had to take a 9-3 and convert it to Griffin Look. The action, with the active support of the Saab center Bamberg and Ralf Muckelbauer and by the Orio Germany GmbH, shows what potential the Saab 9-3 has.
The story of the conversion, the inevitable little surprises, what it costs and whether the result is fun, will be posted on the blog in the next few days. We also reveal which part numbers are required for a Griffin exterior design.