New 9-5 Aero, 9-3 Viggen models and OnStar lead changes for model year 2000
All Saab Models
NORCROSS, Ga. - For 2000, Saab continues to advance its model line with new performance variants like the 9-5 Aero and 9-3 Viggen 5-door and Convertible models, and adds a number of performance-related enhancements to the entire line.
Saab 9-5 Aero
On the heels of introducing the potent Saab 9-3 Viggen, Saab brings another high-performance variant to market - the 9-5 Aero. This sporty sedan features a high output turbocharged, 230 horsepower 2.3L 4-cylinder engine that is available with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. When mated to the 5-speed manual transmission, the 9-5 Aero engine develops an impressive 258 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,900 to 3,800 rpm. With an automatic transmission, the engine develops 243 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,900 all the way up to 4,600 rpm. The 9-5 Aero builds on the performance heritage of its predecessor, the 9000 Aero, while adding all of the innovative technologies and luxury amenities of the current 9-5 model line. Its performance character is complemented by sporty exterior and interior styling changes, including flared rocker panels, a front chin spoiler, a rear valance and a sport steering wheel. Saab engineers have also integrated a sport chassis with performance-optimized suspension, upgraded brakes and 17-inch alloy wheels with low profile tires.
Standard Traction Control System (TCS) and Sunroof
For enhanced driving control in inclement weather conditions, the Saab Traction Control System (TCS) is now standard equipment on all 9-5 models (previously only available, standard, on V-6 models). Saab’s TCS is an "all-speed" system that modulates ABS braking and electronic throttle, when necessary, to optimize the traction of the front drive wheels. Saab also adds a sunroof as standard equipment on all 9-5 models (previously standard on SE Sedans and all Wagons).
SE Models Feature V-6 Engine
For 2000, all 9-5 SE Sedans and Wagons are available only with the 3.0L V-6 light pressure turbocharged engine which generates 200 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 229 lb.-ft. of torque from 2,500 to 4,000 rpm. All SE models also receive a standard automatic dimming rearview mirror that improves night-driving visibility. Entry level Saab 9-5 Sedans and Wagons will continue to offer the 170 horsepower 2.3L 4-cylinder light-pressure turbocharged engine. These models can be upgraded with a new Premium Package, which includes leather interior, a Harman/Kardon audio system, and memory function for the driver’s side 8-way power seat.
New 16" Alloy Wheels on Entry Level 9-5’s
All entry level 9-5 Sedans and Wagons will come standard with newly designed 16-inch ten-spoke light alloy wheels, while 9-5 SE Sedans and Wagons continue to feature the existing 16-inch five-spoke light alloy wheels.
9-3 Viggen 5-door and Convertible
Model year 2000 marks the debut of the high performance Saab 9-3 Viggen 5-door and Convertible variants, as well as an extra boost of horsepower and torque across the entire Viggen line. Saab’s top performer now delivers 230 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 258 ft.-lbs. of torque from a low 2,500 rpm all the way up to 4,500 rpm. All three Viggens (Coupe, Convertible and 5-Door) are now available in two new colors, Black and Silver, in addition to the previous Viggen exclusive Lightning Blue. Less than 3,000 Viggens will be produced for the world in model year 2000, with 1,000 of them coming to the U.S. market.
Increased Horsepower for SE Models
For all 5-Door and Convertible 9-3 SE models, Saab engineers have boosted the engine performance level to 205 horsepower, courtesy of Saab’s high output turbocharged 2.0L, 4-cylinder powerplant. Manual transmission equipped versions of this engine continue to provide impressive low-end maximum torque of 209 lb.-ft. from 2,200 rpm all the way up to 4,800 rpm. Automatic transmission equipped variants develop maximum torque of 184 lb.-ft. from 1,900 rpm to 5,700 rpm. All Saab engines for 2000 utilize Saab’s Trionic 7 (T7) engine management system. T7 monitors and controls the direct ignition, fuel injection, turbo boost pressure and throttle setting to enhance performance and virtually eliminate turbo lag.
Sport Enhancements for SE Models
The Saab design team complements the 9-3 SE’s greater performance abilities with a front chin spoiler, flared rocker panels, a new rear valance, body colored mirrors, polished chrome sport exhaust tip and a sports steering wheel. In addition, the 9-3 SE Convertible integrates a rear bridge spoiler. The SE 5-Door also incorporates a specially tuned sport suspension for more responsive handling.
New Wheels on Entry Level Models
Saab’s entry level 9-3 models receive newly designed 15-inch light alloy wheels - a five-spoke design is standard on all Coupes, while ten-spoke wheels are featured on all 5-Door and Convertible models.
Optional OnStar Telematics System
For 2000, Saab takes its first step in an aggressive strategy to introduce telematics services into Saab vehicles by offering OnStar as an option on all Saab models. Telematics is the gateway for a virtually unlimited array of wireless infotainment services in the vehicle and OnStar is Saab’s first step in taking a leadership role in advancing this technology.
Additionally, OnStar supports Saab’s ‘real-life safety’ philosophy by providing extensive security and emergency features through the use of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and cellular technology. OnStar provides instant accident, theft and navigation assistance - as well as a host of concierge services.
Saab is the first European brand to offer this type of system across its entire model line. OnStar’s MSRP in Saab vehicles is $895, which includes three months of the Premium Service Plan.
2000 Warranty and Pricing Information
For all 2000 models, Saab offers excellent warranty protection that includes 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper coverage with 24-hour roadside assistance. Perforation coverage extends for six years with no mileage limit. Saab will continue to perform the first maintenance service free of charge. Pricing for all 2000 model Saabs will be available October 1, 1999.
Saab Model Year 2000 Engine Specifications
9-5 Aero: 2.3 High Output Turbo Horsepower: 230 at 5,500 rpm Peak Torque: 258 lb.-ft. at 1,900-3,800 rpm (manual) 243 lb.-ft. at 1,900-4,600 rpm (auto.) 9-5 SE: 3.0 Turbo V6 Horsepower: 200 at 5,000 rpm Peak Torque: 229 lb.-ft. at 2,500-4,000 rpm 9-5: 2.3 Turbo Horsepower: 170 at 5,500 rpm Peak Torque: 207 lb.-ft. at 1,800-3,500 rpm 9-3 Viggen: 2.3 High Output Turbo Horsepower: 230 at 5,500 rpm Peak Torque: 258 lb.-ft. at 2,500-4,500 rpm 9-3 SE: 2.0 High Output Turbo Horsepower: 205 at 5,500 rpm (manual) 205 at 5,750 rpm (auto.) Peak Torque: 209 lb.-ft. at 2,200-4,800 rpm (manual) 184 lb.-ft. at 1,900-5,700 rpm (auto.) 9-3 2.0 Turbo Horsepower: 185 at 5,500 rpm Peak Torque: 194 lb.-ft. at 2,100-4,200 rpm (manual) 184 lb.-ft. at 1,900-5,000 rpm (auto.)
Note: All Saab engines are compliant with Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) standards.