Due to arrive at dealers' lots by November 2005, the 2006 Saab 9-3 Sportwagon is expected to start at about $30,000.
Not a Saabaru
When Saab got rid of the 9-3 hatchback model, purists went crazy. Well, as crazy as college professors and people in Vermont get. But, they will be happy to see the 2006 Saab 9-3 Sportwagon, which adds functionality and style to the 9-3 lineup. Most important may be that it's the only model recently released that actually looks like a Saab and not a Subaru or a Chevy.
New Turbo V6 Engine
Under the hood of the 2006 Saab 9-3 Sportwagon is a new turbocharged, 2.8-liter V6 motor. Good for about 250 horsepower, the 24-valve engine will only be available on Aero models. Other models will likely get one of the 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder motors currently offered in the 9-3 sedan and convertible.
Making its world debut at the 2005 Geneva Auto Show is the 2006 Saab 9-3 Sportwagon. Standard and optional features will likely mirror those of the current 9-3 sedan and convertible. With the new 9-3 Sportwagon, Saab is aiming to take on competitors such as the Audi A4 Avant, the BMW 3-Series wagon, and Jaguar's new X-Type Sportwagon.
Large clear taillights and an understated rear spoiler outline the rear of the 2006 Saab 9-3 Sportwagon. The rear hatch and a contoured bumper allow for easy access to the expanded cargo area, and chrome exhaust outlets provide upscale accents. Cargo capacity is about 15 cubic feet with the rear seats up and about 45 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. The 2006 Saab 9-3 Sportwagon made its debut at the 2005 Geneva Auto Show.
Saab introduced its newest addition to the 9-3 family, the Sportwagon, at the 2005 Geneva Auto Show. Called the SportCombi in other markets, the 2006 Saab 9-3 Sportwagon features added versatility and up to 250 horses under the hood.Photos courtesy of Saab