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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.
Saab claims a whopping 2,157 changes and enhancements for its premium compact 9-3 series in 2008, but only a handful of them are discernible to the ordinary viewer. Redesigning of the sport sedan and SportCombi wagon keeps their basic prior profile, but lays on distinctively fresh styling that was influenced by Saab's Aero X concept car. A new Cross-Wheel Drive (XWD) option will be available later in the 2008 model year on Aero sedan and SportCombi models; the four-cylinder 2.0T group gets XWD a year later. Saab's 9-3 sedan and SportCombi compete against the Acura TSX, BMW 3 Series, Volvo S60, Audi A4 and the Volvo V50 wagon. Saab also continues to offer a front-drive 9-3 convertible with a fabric roof.