2012 Saab 9-3 Independence 2dr FWD Convertible Overview

The Saab 9-3s are sporty and dynamic cars featuring progressive Scandinavian design and a powerful turbocharged engine. Known for their leading turbo technology Saab hasn't neglected safety, luxury, and style. New for 2012 the 9-3 has been renamed the 9-3 Griffin and is distinguished by new front bumpers and headlamps, and refreshed interior trim. The turbocharged engine has been revised and now gives 220-hp. Both the manual and automatic are now six-speed transmissions.

The 9-3 Griffin is available in three body styles; a four-door Sport Sedan, a two-door soft-top Convertible, and a four-door wagon called the SportCombi. All are powered by a revised for 2012, high-output, 220-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine available with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.The Convertible features front-wheel drive while the Sport Sedan and SportCombi are available with either front-wheel drive or the XWD all-wheel drive system. The 9-3X SportCombi includes a higher ride height, roof rails and other features to make it more suitable for rougher roads. Standard safety features include front and side airbags as well as Saabs' anti-whiplash Active Head Restraints. The Sport Sedan and SportCombi include side curtain airbags and the Convertible includes side airbag head extensions and rollover protection.

For 2012, the Saab 9-3 Griffin is mainly a carryover from 2011 with a restyled front bumper and refreshed interior trim.

 

2012 Saab 9-3 Safety Overview & Features

Anti-lock brakes

ABS brakes automatically sense when a tire has stopped rotating under extreme braking, and will modulate the brake pressure to allow the tire to rotate. This increases the vehicles ability to turn while braking.

Stability control

Stability control automatically senses when the vehicles handling limits have been exceeded and reduces engine power and/or applies select brakes to help prevent the driver from losing control of the vehicle.

Front-impact airbags

Front-impact airbags for the driver and passenger have been designed to protect the head during a frontal crash.

Side impact airbags

Side impact airbags for the front seats have been designed to protect the torso during a side impact collision.

Overhead airbags

Overhead airbags are used to protect the occupant's heads in the event of a side collision or rollover.

Pretensioners

Seatbelt pretensioners automatically tighten seatbelts to place the occupant in the optimal seating position during a collision.

Anti-whiplash

Anti-whiplash head restraints actively react to rear collision forces and craddle the occupants head in an effort to reduce the likelihood of a whiplash injury.

Security system

The vehicle is equipped with a means of anticipating and/or detecting unwanted vehicle intrusion. The vehicle is equipped with an ignition disable device that will prevent the engine from starting if the correct original manufacturer key is not used.