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Saab 9-3 Independence

A second model officially unveiled by the Swedish company today is the Saab 9-3 Independence, a special edition version which celebrates the first year of being an independent car manufacturer. 

The Saab 9-3 Independence is based on the Aero trim level and is available with a 1.9-litre TTiD 180 HP engine under its bonnet, matched by a 6-speed automatic transmission.

With only 366 exemplars to be sold during the first year, the Saab 9-3 Independence comes with five-spoke design, satin chrome and black finish 18 inch alloys, sport leather seats featuring amber orange accents, a carbon-fiber look leather finish for the instrument panel, handbrake and gear shifter, an unique turbo boost gauge and orange stitching for the steering wheel and floor mats.

The Saab 9-3 Independence also comes with a unique Amber Orange metallic body finish, and of of the total 366 units, only 80 will head to the UK.

Saab press release :

    * Saab celebrates year of independence with launch of numbered limited edition
    * Saab 9-3 Convertible Independence Edition based on Aero specification
    * Unique colour and interior trim features
    * Available with 1.9-litre TTiD 180hp engine and six-speed automatic transmission

Saab is celebrating the first anniversary of its independence by launching an exclusive Independence Edition of its 9-3 Convertible. Just 366 examples will be produced, one for each day during the first year and one extra for the start of a second year. Only 80 of these vehicles will be produced for the UK, ensuring its exclusivity.

Unveiled at Saab’s assembly plant in Trollhättan as

part of a day of celebration, the Independence Edition features a unique, Amber Orange metallic paint finish. It is based on top-of-the-line Aero specification and includes a limited edition serial number etched into the rear side windows.

The Independence Edition is further distinguished by:

    * Five spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels with a satin chrome/black finish
    * Parchment sport leather seats and glovebox with amber orange highlights
    * Carbon-fibre look leather finish for the instrument panel, handbrake, gearshift moulding and door handles
    * Driver ‘welcome’ message in instrument display, unique turbo boost gauge
    * Orange stitched sport leather steering wheel and carpet mats with grey piping

The sole powertrain offered is a 180 hp, 1.9-litre twin turbo diesel with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Independence Edition follows a successful tradition of special Saab Convertible models launched at springtime. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the start of sales for the first Saab Convertible, a car which created a segment as a true four season, four seater convertible.  

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