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Old 06-21-2010, 08:46 PM
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Default 2012 Saab 9-3 to rival Audi A3, get Mini Countryman power?

Filed under: [URL=""]Sedan[/URL], [URL=""]Hatchback[/URL], [URL=""]BMW[/URL], [URL=""]Saab[/URL]
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If [URL=""]Saab[/URL] is going to survive, much less thrive on its own, it's going to need more fresh product to supplement the just-launched [URL=""]9-5[/URL]. An all-new [URL=""]9-3[/URL] is going to play a big part in the revival of the Swedish brand, and Saab is reportedly hard at work on a new platform for its mainstream model.

The new platform, reportedly dubbed the "Phoenix Architecture" will likely also underpin the next generation 9-5, although it may adopt some pieces from the current model such as the [URL=""]Hi-Per strut[/URL] front suspension. Prior the [URL=""]GM[/URL] bankruptcy, it had been decided that the next 9-3 would move from the mid-size Epsilon platform to the compact Delta platform. At this point it looks like Saab will stick with the downsizing plan with it's internally developed compact as it targets the [URL=""]Audi A3[/URL] is its main competitor. The hardcore Saab fans out there will also be glad to hear that the new model will include a revival of the dearly departed hatchback form factor.

Powerplants remain an open question for Saab, with [URL=""]BMW[/URL] still [URL=""]likely to be the front-runner as a supplier[/URL]. The 1.6-liter engines from the [URL=""]Mini Countryman[/URL] are one probably candidate, with the 184 horsepower turbocharged Cooper S being a range topper. Before the new 9-3 arrives in 2012, Saab may also do a refresh of the current model, adding the 180 horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four that recently debuted in the new Astra.

Gallery: [URL=""]2008 Saab 9-3 Sedan and SportCombi[/URL]

[Source: [URL=""]Autocar[/URL]][URL=""]2012 Saab 9-3 to rival Audi A3, get Mini Countryman power?[/URL] originally appeared on [URL=""]Autoblog[/URL] on Mon, 21 Jun 2010 14:01:00 EST. Please see our [URL=""]terms for use of feeds[/URL].

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