Saab Enhances The 9-3 Sport Saloon For 2004 | Part Two

Greater choice inside and out

Two new wood veneer trims, more metallic colours and further alloy wheel options allow 9-3 Sport Saloon buyers greater scope in satisfying their personal preferences.

The entry 9-3 Linear models now include a new, hardwearing, black textile upholstery as standard for the seats and inner door panels. A wool-based Barrathea cloth, or soft, ruched leather, both in Parchment or Grey shades are optional.

All 2004 9-3 Sport Saloon forms offer a new dark grey, or deep red, walnut veneer interior trims as options.

Externally, three new metallic paint shades are added, dazzling Glacier Blue, dark Nocturne Blue, and Espresso Black, together with an additional 17" alloy wheel option.

GPRS telephone for improved communication

An integrated GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) telephone with Bluetooth wireless connectivity now replaces the previous GSM (General Service Mobile communication) unit, providing a four-fold increase in data transmission capacity.

The integrated phone is available as an option with the Saab ES2 and ES3 Infotainment systems, and includes a keypad, steering wheel controls, and voice recognition. It offers a wireless connection to a Bluetooth-enabled headset, PDA or laptop via the ‘push-to-talk’ button on the 9-3’s steering wheel.

When used with the optional WAP browser, GPRS functionality allows faster and more cost-effective downloading of data through a laptop, including automatic access to incoming telephone calls during transmissions.

Published 10 November 2003 Melanie Carter

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