Reports suggest that the new 2008 Saab 9-3 will have an option for a new all-wheel-drive system, subtly called XWD. It appears that the new system will have little todo with the AWD system previously borrowed from the Subaru range for the US version of the Saab 9-2.
Saab says the XWD is a new generation Haldex system and the car will come with an option for a new active stability control program.
Australian release dates are yet unconfirmed, however the new MY2008 car is likely to make an appearance in European dealers shortly after its unvieling. Nonetheless, the XWD system is rumoured to arive towards the end of the year.
As far as engines go, the current range incldues everything from a 1.8L Turbo, 1.9 Turbo Diesel, 2.0 Turbo and a 2.8 Litre Turbo in the Aero convertible.
Trollhattan Saab reports of a project called Black Turbo, which will produce an engine capable of anywhere between 290 and 320hp. mated to the XWD system for driveability. The powerful variant should see the light of day by mid next year.