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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Saab 9-3 Independence edition - first pictures in the public

There are still some days until the official announcement, but first (public ?) pictures appeared today in two sources.

Nice one ! Six weeks ago I speculated and photoshopped a bit about the colour and was not that far from the reality. If these are real pictures. Whatever, let's repeat, what will be the main design characteristics :

It will be based on Aero and will have 2.0T Biopower engine with 220 HP.

It will have a new color - Sunset Red and it looks like many parts of the car will be toned to this color. Including the new seats and turbo instrument needle. It will have 18" wheels, several Hirsch parts like the very cool leather instrument panel and probably other parts like interior and door trims. And a new steering wheel. 366 pieces limited edition.

What we do not see now is the dashboard and the roof. If the dashboard will be the cool leather dashboard from Hirsch, than I would assume some combination of black/orange and for Saab fans important question will be, if this edition will continue with the green dashboard night lights or - orange ? :) Regarding the roof, even if black soft-top would be great combination, since the previous anniversary edition roofs were not black, I believe this will be the same case. Some colour of the seats, similar to the sand colour, something like this. I am a bit dissapointed about the wheels, they are not very "saabish".

And yes, the colour is simillar to Spyker colours, no wonder, Saab is now owned by Spyker. That's OK.

A bit stronger engine would be nice :)

Sources :  Autoblog and SaabsUnited

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