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Saab’s entire range goes flex-fuel

Saab has announced that it will launch a new 1.8t BioPower engine at Geneva Motor Show, meaning that flex-fuel technology now comes to the 9-3 range. The larger 9-5 range already has 2.0 and 2.3 litre BioPower models. This means that Saab becomes the first – and only – car company in UK to offer an alternative-fuel engine in every model in its line-up.

Because of Saab’s turbo engine technology, running on E85 means the cars can achieve reduced fossil CO2 emissions coupled with power and performance increases.

The BioPower flex-fuel engines will now be available in all three 9-3 bodystyles of Sport Saloon, SportWagon and Convertible.

The 1.8t BioPower engine emits 50-70 per cent less carbon dioxide (CO2) than its 1.8t petrol engine equivalent, yet produces 17 per cent more maximum power and ten per cent more torque when running on the eco-friendly yet potent fuel source bioethanol E85.

“The success of the 9-5 BioPower has encouraged us to extend this concept to the 9-3 range,” says Jan Ĺke Jonsson, Saab Automobile’s Managing Director. “This means we can now offer BioPower variants throughout our core product line-up.”

Saab is already the biggest-seller of flex-fuel cars in Europe. The launch of 9-3 BioPower at the Geneva Motor Show extends Saab’s leadership in this emerging market segment.

Saab 9-3 BioPower models will be available with manual or automatic transmissions, and will go on sale with immediate effect in the UK and Ireland and other Nordic markets. Sales in other European markets will commence later this year.

Running on bioethanol E85 fuel (85% bioethanol/15% petrol), the new 9-3 BioPower 1.8t engine delivers 17 per cent more maximum power (175 hp/129 kW v 150 hp/111 kW) and ten per cent more torque (265 v 240 Nm). In the 9-3 Sport Saloon, that translates to projected zero to 62 mph acceleration in 8.4 seconds and 50 to 70 mph in fifth gear in 13.9 seconds, compared to 9.5 seconds and 15.0 seconds, respectively, on petrol.