The new 9-3 Sports Saloon 1.9 TiD Airflow collection, available in the UK next month, includes a number of additional standard features, which include upgraded alloy wheels, a Saab Infotainment System, rear boot spoiler for the Vector versions but misses the feature of a particulate filter.
"Such has been the response to the standard tax-busting 9-3 1.9 TiD Sport Saloons that the Trollhattan factory has been unable to keep up with demand, running the risk of potentially lengthy delivery delays," says Jonathan Nash, Saab GB’s managing director.
"This has been caused in part by a shortage of Saab’s maintenance free particulate filter that is usually standard for the 9-3 1.9 TiD. Now, however, Saab engineers have found a way around this problem with the arrival of the 9-3 1.9 TiD Airflow models, which are not fitted with a particulate filter."
Despite this, the new Saab 9-3 1.9 TiD Airflow Sport Saloons have identical fuel economy and performance to the regular TiD models. The CO2 rating for the 150bhp Airflow’s engine is unchanged, whilst the 120bhp TiD CO2’s figure is higher than the regular 154g/km rating, at 157g/km. All Airflow models comply with current EU Euro III regulations, and are available with a six-speed manual transmission only, in Linear Sport, Vector and Vector Sport forms.
Prices are identical to the regular Euro IV Saab 9-3 TiD models, ranging from £19,995 on the road for the 9-3 Linear Sport Airflow 120bhp model, up to £22,495 for the range-topping 150bhp 9-3 Vector Sport Airflow.