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For 2010 the V6 turbo is dropped from the line up, while a new, all-wheel-drive variant of the SportCombi is added. A reduction in the standard equipment list allows for a slight price reduction across the 9-3 range, and the overall model count is reduced from 14 to 9.
XWD on the base 2.0T model is the big news for 2009. The V6 Aero sees a significant bump up in horsepower, while an electronically controlled limited slip rear differential is added to Aero models with XWD. OnStar 8.0 now features Turn-by-Turn navigation and Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity.
XWD is the big news this year. In addition to slightly more power from the Aero's V6 engine, the 9-3 intensifies its Eurostyle appearance, newly evolved from the Swedish company's show car. Saab advises that the 9-3 has all-new bodywork ahead of the windshield pillar.
In the highly competitive compact premium sedan market, Saab's 9-3 may not be on everyone's radar screen, but it is an aggressive competitor worthy of a test-drive. Built to take on such strong market competitors as the Audi A4 and BMW 3 Series, the 9-3 seeks to match those cars in power and performance for thousands of dollars less. On the other hand, competitors like the Volvo S40 seek to play the same game with the 9-3, and while both the Audi and Volvo offer the option of all-wheel drive, the 9-3 is driven solely by its front wheels. The 9-3 also has a ways to go to match the excellent repair records and high resale values held by many of its European and Japanese rivals.