Swedish style: Last of the line Saab 9-3 Convertibles now available in RHD for UK buyers, but you'll have to be quick to get one
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Swedish style: Last of the line Saab 9-3 Convertibles now available in RHD for UK buyers, but you'll have to be quick

Author:

ROBIN ROBERTS

Saab Parts UK has secured the last 26 right-hand drive MY12 Saab 9-3 Convertibles for UK customers.

The Convertibles have now arrived in the country and will be available to buy through Saab’s national network of 87 Authorised Repairers. Hand-finished by a dedicated and loyal workforce of Saab employees based at Saab dealership, ANA, in Trollhättan, these cars will carry a sentimental value for Saab fans around the UK and are the last and best equipped examples of Saab’s Convertible lineage after 25 distinguished years.

The Saab 9-3 Convertible range was significantly revitalised with the MY12 line-up, featuring refreshed exterior and interior styling and fitted with a range of more powerful, fuel and emissions efficient engines than its predecessors.

Three levels of specification are available; SE, Aero and Independence Edition. The all-turbo powertrain line-up comes with a 160hp and 180hp, 1.9-litre twin turbo diesel engine and two new 2.0-litre petrol engines providing power outputs of 163hp and 220hp respectively.

The exclusive Saab 9-3 Convertible Independence Edition is powered by a 180hp, 1.9-litre twin turbo diesel and comes with a six-speed automatic transmission as standard. Ultimately the plan was to build just 80 examples for the UK market, but in total only 7 right-hand drive models were imported in 2011, resulting in the further seven available from today being assured real UK exclusivity.

Featuring a unique Amber Orange metallic paint finish, it is based on the top-of-the line Aero specification and includes a limited edition serial number etched into the rear side windows. It is further distinguished by five spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels with a satin chrome/black finish, parchment sport leather seats and lockable glovebox with amber orange highlights, a carbon-fibre look leather finish for the instrument panel, handbrake, gearstick moulding and door handles, and orange stitched sport leather steering wheel and carpet mats with grey piping.

All the MY12 Convertibles offered for sale come with a high level of standard equipment including alloy wheels, leather trimmed interior, heated front seats, park assist and Bluetooth phone integration along with a host of safety systems including electronic stability programme, six airbags and Saab Active Head Restraints.

On the Road prices for these last remaining Convertibles start from £22,750 and come in a range of popular colours. With Spring still due to arrive any day, now is the perfect time to acquire a new 12 plate “last of the line” 9-3 Saab Convertible. Interested prospects are encouraged to contact their local Saab Authorised Repairer in order to secure more details and to register their interest early.

The Swedish convertible was always a popular model for user-chooser company car  drivers who were usually the business owners as well and who could come to terms with the impllications of Business car tax

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