Saab 9-3 Model History
New and Used 9-3 Prices, Saab 9-3 Model Years and History
All New and Used 9-3 Model Years and History
Through a new naming strategy employed by the Swedish brand, the Saab 900 model became the 9-3 for the 1999 model year. Offered as a three-door or five-door hatchback as well as a two-door convertible, the Saab 9-3 featured a number of small changes from refreshed styling to an improved suspension. The 1999 9-3 line-up for the United States was powered exclusively by turbocharged engines. A performance-oriented 9-3 Viggen was available as a 225-horsepower three-door hatchback in 1999 but was expanded to all three body styles for 2000 with a 230-horsepower engine. Completely redesigned for 2003, the Saab 9-3 body style selection consisted of a four-door sedan or a two-door convertible. Constructing on a General Motors' platform and powered by turbocharged Ecotec engine technology, the 9-3 adopted several changes through 2011. A SportCombi five-door wagon model and a turbocharged V-6 were included for 2006 while a 2008 model year styling update featured the addition of available all-wheel drive. The final Saab 9-3 models would appear in the United States for the 2011 model year prior to Saab entering bankruptcy.