The new 2012 saab 9-3 is due to arrive in a final production version in 2012, and will be the first car to have been designed and built from start to finish under the new Spyker ownership.
Company insiders told the aforementioned source that the next generation of the 9-3 will enter production at the Trollhattan plant at the beginning of October 2012.
Saab will buy BMW’s 1.6-liter turbo gasoline engine, code-named N18, for its next-generation 9-3, due in the fall of 2012. BMW will supply around 200,000 examples of the engine “over the life cycle of the car,” said Saab CEO Jan-Ake Jonsson, although he didn’t give details about annual volumes.
Saab will also offer an electric four-wheel drive system. Developed by American Axle, this should use a new multilink rear suspension and two electric engines, one for propulsion and one serving as a differential for the rear wheels. The system will use a 1kWh battery