Saab For 2000
By Carey Russ
Saab continues to add variations to its two-model lineup. The 9-5 wagon was introduced early in 1999. It is followed by the reintroduction of the Aero nameplate. The 9-3 line has new five-door and convertible models of the high-performance Viggen, and enhancements to other models. The "OnStar" telematics system is now offered on all Saabs.
The Aero was the performance model of the 9000 series. When the 9-5 replaced the 9000, there was no immediate replacement for the Aero, and Saab fans were disappointed. No need for disappointment now. For the joy of the true Saab aficionado, the Aero sedan uses a 2.3-liter high-pressure turbo engine. Its 230 horsepower puts serious performance into the 9-5 equation. Besides the boosted power, the Aero also has sport suspension, upgraded brakes, and special exterior and interior trim. Base-model 9-5s have a low-pressure, 170-hp version of the 2.3-liter four-cylinder, while all SE models come with the asymmetrically- turbocharged 3.0-liter V6. Base and SE models are available in wagon and sedan body styles.
Naming a car after a fighter jet could seem pretentious. But not for Saab. Its Viggen aircraft was one of the most advanced of its time, and has lent its name to the high-performance variant of Saab's 9-3 line. Originally introduced in three-door coupe form, five-door sedan and convertible body styles are now available, too. The Viggen's 2.3-liter high-pressure turbo engine makes 230 horsepower. Its chassis, suspension, and brakes are upgraded to harness the extra power. Other 9-3 models have power, interior, and cosmetic upgrades.