9-3 Viggen Interior Design


9-3 Viggen drivers in control with superb ergonomics and supportive sport seats

Norcross, GA - Like the cockpit of a Saab 37 Viggen jet fighter, the interior of the Saab 9-3 Viggen is designed to provide superior driver ergonomics. The driver's seat is positioned in the Viggen's cockpit to enable full control of all functions. The Viggen exclusive light-gray dashboard fascia is slightly curved around the driver with all controls and buttons logically grouped in order of importance. All components and switches are black so they stand out from the light gray panel and are easier to find at a glance. Interior door handles are chrome so they can easily be located in the dark. The 9-3 Viggen is also equipped with Saab's Night Panel system, another direct influence of aircraft ergonomics. Night Panel enables the driver to turn off potentially distracting lights and instruments with a single switch, improving visibility. Information is then displayed on a need-to-know basis.

Starting with the Viggen's exclusive stainless steel doorsill plates with Viggen logo, every element of the car's interior is representative of its high performance character. The sport seats, unique to the Viggen, feature a raised and extended center bottom cushion for excellent thigh support and pronounced seat side bolsters for lateral support during spirited driving. "I'm particularly impressed with the seats," says Jan Vidarsson, Saab's engineer responsible for the Viggen's interior. "I really feel our engineering partner - Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) - was able to utilize their extensive racing experience in the creation of these very supportive seats. What's even more beneficial to the Viggen buyer," adds Vidarsson, "is that the seats retain the use of the existing 9-3 seat frames. By doing so we have been able to incorporate the existing Saab safety features into the seats - such as the head and chest protecting dual-stage side airbags and the Saab Active Head Restraint (SAHR) system."

Viggen-exclusive leather treatments complete the sporty environment of the cockpit. All 1999 Saab 9-3 Viggens have Rocky Black leather seat upholstery with textured Deep Blue leather inserts to match the unique Lightening Blue exterior paint. The upper portion of the seatbacks, front and rear, feature embossed Viggen delta-wing emblems representative of the delta-wing shape found on the Saab 37 Viggen jet fighter plane. The textured Deep Blue leather trim carries over to the door panel inserts as well, and a Viggen specific leather covered sport steering wheel, leather shift knob and shift lever gaiter complete the interior package.

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