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by Matt Brogan

Saab will introduce it’s XWD (cross wheel drive) system in the latest 9–3 Aero Sport Sedan and SportCombi models at the Melbourne International Motor Show on Friday.

The XWD system, which has been specifically tuned for the Saab 9-3 chassis, is matched to an upgraded transverse-mounted 2.8-litre V6 turbo charged engine which produces 206kW and 400Nm (up from 188kW and 350Nm respectively in the existing model).

“The Saab XWD system sets a new benchmark in all-wheel-drive performance by offering customers a technologically advanced, performance driving experience,” said Director of GM Premium Brands, Parveen Batish. “The Turbo X was our first offering in the Australian market to feature this dynamic system; extending to our Aero V6 models continues to provide innovative products to our customers.”

Introduced to Australia in 2008, the halo Turbo X was offered in a special edition performance model with limited numbers being released to customers in Australia and New Zealand.

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Saab’s XWD system is fully automatic, on-demand type capable of sending up to 100 percent of engine’s torque to the front or rear wheels whenever necessary.

It operates seamlessly to improve traction and grip by helping the driver to keep the car stable by splitting drive torque to counteract over steer or under steer characteristics when cornering.

Take-off traction is also optimised by an innovative addition to the XWD system where preemptive engagement of the rear wheels takes place prior to acceleration which, unlike conventional all-wheel-drive systems, eliminates the need to detect front wheel slip before rear drive is activated.

The Melbourne International Motor Show will commence this Friday at 5pm in the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.




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