Saab Unveils New Interior Driver Focus For The 2007 9-3 Range | Part Two

Saab 9-3

Saab 9-3

The main instrument dials and Saab-signature air vent controls are now also finished in matte chrome trim. The instrument graphics are given a sharper, clearer look, while another Saab-typical feature - green instrument illumination - is retained.

All occupants benefit from dual- zone automatic climate control (ACC), which is now fitted as standard throughout the range. The simplified display panel features rotary controls and fewer buttons.

The rest of the interior is unchanged across the range, except for the addition of a matching trim insert on the glove box lid. For Linear Convertibles, the fabric seat panels, which are treated with a hydroblox water repellent membrane, are now black for both parchment and grey interiors.

Infotainment Improvements

A choice of three 'infotainment' systems is offered, each of which includes a CD player compatible with MP3 music discs. Also fitted as standard is an auxiliary audio input.

The standard 'Saab Infotainment' system includes an RDS radio and single-slot CD player, 'Saab Infotainment CD Changer' adds an in-dash 6-disc facility and 'Saab Infotainment Plus' includes a GPS satellite navigation system with a larger, 6.5 inch colour touch-screen and voice control. In addition to a 'bird's eye view' map selection, direction arrows from the high position display are now shown on the touch-screen.

All three 'infotainment' systems can be combined with a new hands-free mobile phone facility, the Bluetooth Phone Integration System (BPIS), which replaces the previous in-car integrated phone option. After an initial 'pairing' set-up procedure, a Bluetooth-enabled phone will automatically connect wirelessly to the audio system whenever the user enters the car. The phone is then operated by voice control or steering wheel buttons, with call information shown in the main instrument display. BPIS also eliminates the need for a fascia key pad. For recharging and connection to the car's external antenna, a phone dock in the center console is available as an accessory.

The enhanced audio range includes a new tailor-made Bose sound system, offered exclusively in the Sport Saloon. With two rear woofers and twin amplifiers, its performance is optimised for the acoustics of the saloon cabin, giving an impressive, expanded 'concert hall' sound reproduction. This system is identified by Bose branding embossed on the outer front speaker grilles.

Externally, the Model Year 2007 Sport Saloon and SportWagon range is distinguished by the introduction of a new dark grey 'Titan' metallic paint finish. A stunning pure 'Arctic White' solid colour and a 'Smoke Beige' metallic finish are added to the Convertible palette, whilst Cerulean Blue' is also now available throughout the Convertible range.

Prices for the Model Year 2007 9-3 range remain unchanged except for six-speed 9-3 Sport Saloon 2.0t and 2.0T models, which have a £40 OTR price uplift, reflecting their change in CO2 emission figures.

Published 23 August 2006 Melanie Carter

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