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Default 2012 Saab 9-3 to rival Audi A3, get Mini Countryman power?

Filed under: [URL="http://www.autoblog.com/category/sedans/"]Sedan[/URL], [URL="http://www.autoblog.com/category/hatchbacks/"]Hatchback[/URL], [URL="http://www.autoblog.com/category/bmw/"]BMW[/URL], [URL="http://www.autoblog.com/category/saab/"]Saab[/URL]
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Saab 9-3 - Click above for high-res image gallery

If [URL="http://www.autoblog.com/make/saab/"]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="http://www.autoblog.com/model/9+5"]9-5[/URL]. An all-new [URL="http://www.autoblog.com/model/9+3"]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="http://www.autoblog.com/2010/03/25/quick-spin-2010-buick-lacrosse-cxs-gets-hiper-w-video/"]Hi-Per strut[/URL] front suspension. Prior the [URL="http://www.autoblog.com/make/gm/"]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="http://www.autoblog.com/model/a3"]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="http://www.autoblog.com/make/bmw/"]BMW[/URL] still [URL="http://www.autoblog.com/2010/06/11/report-saab-talking-to-bmw-about-using-mini-platform-for-new-9/"]likely to be the front-runner as a supplier[/URL]. The 1.6-liter engines from the [URL="http://www.autoblog.com/tag/countryman"]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="http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2008-saab-9-3-sedan-and-sportcombi/low/"]2008 Saab 9-3 Sedan and SportCombi[/URL]
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[Source: [URL="http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsArticle/AllCars/250475/"]Autocar[/URL]][URL="http://www.autoblog.com/2010/06/21/2012-saab-9-3-to-rival-audi-a3-get-mini-countryman-power/"]2012 Saab 9-3 to rival Audi A3, get Mini Countryman power?[/URL] originally appeared on [URL="http://www.autoblog.com"]Autoblog[/URL] on Mon, 21 Jun 2010 14:01:00 EST. Please see our [URL="http://www.weblogsinc.com/feed-terms/"]terms for use of feeds[/URL].


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