Oshawa, Ontario – General Motors of Canada has announced that 2009 Saab 9-3 models add more base content but retain their 2008 pricing. The Sport Sedan, SportCombi and Convertible models are all available in either 2.0T or Aero models.

For 2009, Saab’s new cross-wheel drive (XWD) is added to the 2.0T Sport Sedan and SportCombi models, while all V6 Aero models offer a more powerful, 280-horsepower engine. Other enhancements include roof rail and wheel changes, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity and standard OnStar 8.0 hardware that enables Turn-by-Turn Navigation that will be available in late 2008.

The company’s new XWD is a fully-automatic on-demand system capable of sending up to 100 per cent of engine torque to the front or rear wheels when necessary, and features pre-emptive engagement of the rear wheels to optimize traction at take-off. On Aero models, the system also includes a standard electronically-controlled rear limited-slip differential, which allows variable torque transfer between the rear wheels on hard corners or when completing a high-speed manoeuvre such as a lane change.

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