NORCROSS, Ga. -- Good is only good enough if you're willing to settle for second-best. That's why "continuous improvement" is more than a corporate buzword at Saab. It is, in fact, a solid engineering principle that serves as the foundation for the development of each and every model, from the all-new 900 to the premium 9000. For 1994, Saab's entire 9000 line--including the 225-horsepower 9000 Aero, the most powerful Saab ever-- along with the 9000 CS hatchback series, and the 9000 CDE sedan, has benefitted from enhancements sure to keep Saab in the forefront of automotive engineering innovation.
Every 1994 Saab 9000 model continues to offer not only the utmost in performance, responsibility and driving pleasure, but segment-leading value and versatility as well.
Saab Trionic Manages Every 1994 9000 Engine
For 1994, all Saab 9000s--turbocharged and naturally-aspirated--benefit from award-winning Trionic engine management as standard equipment. This Saab-developed system automatically and instantly adjusts ignition, fuel injection and, in turbocharged models, turbo boost pressure, thereby offering both environmental and performance benefits. Previously, Saab Trionic was only offered on turbocharged 9000 models.
Powered by a 32-bit microprocessor, Saab Trionic engine management improves performance by constantly monitoring the combustion process, then adjusting engine operating parameters to eliminate, for example, harmful engine knock. The special "trick" within Trionic is the utilization of the simple spark plug, which performs double-duty by also serving as a combustion sensor. Ionization voltage is measured across the plug gap to determine combustion efficiency, and Saab Trionic then adjusts engine systems for optimal performance and efficiency.
Courtesy of Trionic, Saab engine performance is improved and peak torque is available at decreased rpm levels, which translates to greater acceleration capability at lower speeds. For example, 1994 9000s with the 2.3-Liter turbocharged engine option produce peak torque at 1,800 rpm, compared to 1,900 rpm prior to Trionic's application.
By controlling the combustion process so stringently, Saab Trionic engine management also contributes to improved fuel economy and lower exhaust emission levels.
For its innovative design and application, Saab Trionic was recently selected as a finalist in the automotive category of the prestigious 1993 Discover Maaazine Awards for Technoloaical Innovation. In addition, Saab Trionic was acclaimed for "technical innovation" by the Motoring Journalists' Club of Denmark.
List Of Standard Safety Features Grows Even Longer
The Saab 9000's lengthy list of standard passive and active safety features continues to expand for 1994 with the addition of a front passenger-side air bag. Along with the previously-standard driver's-side air bag and Saab's exceptional three-point seat belt system with front seat belt pretensioners and adjustable upper anchors, Saab continues to offer one of the industry's most comprehensive and convenient occupant protection systems.
Add Saab's legendary safety cage construction with front and rear crumple zones, 5-mph self-restoring bumpers, head restraints at all four outboard seating positions, as well as a multitude of additional standard features, and the result is a level of safety integrity that is second to none. Yet another safety feature, which complements Saab's optically-advanced headlight system, is a new rear fog light, standard on all 1994 9000 CS, CSE and 9000 Aero models. Headlight wipers and washers are, of course, standard on all models, as are side-guidance reversing lamps and side marker turn indicators. Hatchback versions also include a rear wiper/washer.
Given the broad scope of Saab's commitment to safety engineering, it's no surprise that the Saab 9000 has been recognized by the Folksam Insurance Company twice in succession as the safest car in its Swedish homeland. The American Automobile Association (AAA) has also previously named the turbocharged 9000 CS the best car in its price range. Like the Saab 900, the 1994 Saab 9000 series already complies with 1997 side-impact requirements.
Saab Takes Away The Heat
All 1994 Saab 9000s are now equipped with heat-absorbent glass, a new feature that improves interior comfort by easing the thermal load on the car's glass surfaces.
About 50 percent of radiant solar heat is reduced, which means less demand on the 9000's standard CFC-free Automatic Climate Control (ACC) system and, con- sequently, lower cabin fan speeds and a higher degree of comfort for passengers.
Even Greater Driver Convenience
Another new enhancement for all 1994 Saab 9000 models makes entry and exit even more convenient by allowing drivers to adjust the electric front seats without turning on the ignition. With the front door ajar, the seat can now be moved to the preferred individual or memorized position, without inserting the key into the ignition.
1994 Saab 9000 Aero: The Pinnacle Of Saab Performance
When Saab's 9000 Aero first made its impressive debut in the summer of 1993 as a 19931/2 model, its special combination of potent performance features and utilitarian ingenuity set a new Saab standard for all-around appeal. Sleek, aerodynamic styling, an artfully sculptured leather sport interior and Saab's most aggressive torque curve ever, all catapulted the 9000 Aero to the very front of Saab's sport sedan stable. For 1994, the 9000 Aero again outpaces the competition right from the starting gate.
Delivering formidable 22 horsepower (200 Hp when ordered with an automatic transmission) from Saab's efficient 2.3-Liter turbocharged engine, with a maximum torque of 258 ft.-lbs. at a low 1,950 rpm, the 9000 Aero excels in acceleration and cruising prowess, and it also strikes a winning pose aesthetically. For an even sportier stance, 1994 Saab 9000 Aeros are outfitted with newly-developed 6.5 x 16-inch l'Super Aero aluminum alloy wheels. These lightweight three-spoke wheels were derived from the Saab Ecosport prototype and reduce unsprung weight which further improves the 9000 Aero's road manners, and enhances communication or feedback between driver and road surface.
Because the 9000 Aero also doubles as a spacious, safety- and environmentally- conscious family hatchback, segment-leading fuel economy will come as no surprise. It's just another attribute that points to the 9000 Aero's unique dual-purpose personality. As one of only three imports classified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a 'Large Car," the 9000 Aero offers Saab owners better fuel mileage than many compact, and even sub-compact cars. Rated at an impressive 29 mpg/highway and 20 mpg/city, this stealth Saab struts its stuff in economic--and environmentally-friendly--style, a responsible combination of product virtues that only Saab could create. Like all Saab hatchbacks, the 9000 Aero offers the added value and versatility of a split, fold-down rear seat for greater cargo-carrying capacity.
The 1994 9000 Aero's long list of attributes also includes such standard Saab 9000 features as dual front air bags, anti-lock brake system (ABS), safety cage construction, CFC-free Automatic Climate Control (ACC), front and rear (except CDE) fog lights, electrically-adjustable seats with memory, electric tilt/slide glass sunroof with sunshade, and more. Exclusively available on the 9000 Aero--as standard equipment-- are full aerodynamic body trim enhancements, high-performance 205/55 ZR 16 tires, and a recalibrated sport chassis and lowered suspension. Performance enthusiasts also have the choice of a black or new light-gray leather, sculpted sport interior, with seats that offer superb lateral support.
Saab 9000 CS. CSE and CDE: Comfort. Safety and Performance in Perfect Harmonv
For 1994, Saab 9000 CS, CSE and CDE models continue to offer an unmatched combination of standard features. In addition to the already-outlined 1994 9000 upgrades, all models now come standard with Saab's popular power tilt/slide glass sunroof with sun shade (which works just as well for nighttime star-gazing), locking center console storage, and power seats. The 9000 CS features cloth upholstery, while CSE and CDE models are outfitted in tan, light gray, taupe or new charcoal leather. Front and rear fog lights are also standard equipment on all models, except on the 9000 CDE, which features front fog lights only.
Standard 5-speed manual transmissions for all 9000 models now feature a new synchromesh system for easier low-gear and reverse shifting, and a 4-speed automatic gearbox is available as an option. Both the 9000 CS and CSE may be specified with Saab's 1 46-Hp naturally-aspirated engine, or the optional 200-Hp Turbo. When outfitted with the powerful Turbo engine option, the 9000 CS in particular has been dubbed a "sleeper" or "wolf in sheep's clothing," by Saab enthusiasts.
Saab's popular four-door touring sedan will be offered exclusively this year as a turbocharged 9000 CDE. Fully equipped with the complete range of Saab luxury amenities, the 9000 CDE has historically been the car of choice for Saab enthusiasts who desire the utmost in performance and luxury in a traditional four-door bodystyle. The 9000 CDE is further embellished with a wooden instrument panel, and features a rear seat pass-through opening behind the center armrest, which accommodates long objects.
For 1994, the Saab 9000 CS/CSE/CDE color palette features Black and Cirrus White, as well as metallic Citrin Beige, Ruby Red, Scarabe Green, and LeMans Blue. Ruby Red is mica-based for improved luster, and all metallics are protected by a clear- coat finish for added durability. The 9000 Aero is available in Cirrus White, Black, and Imola Red, or two metallic choices, Eucalyptus Green or LeMans Blue.
All 1994 Saab 9000 models are backed by Saab's generous 6 year/80,000 Mile Major Systems Warranty, including bumper-to-bumper, no-deductible coverage and Saab Roadside Assistance for 3 years/40,000 miles. In addition, every Saab 9000 is protected by a 6-year Perforation Warranty with no mileage limit.