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Saab beefs up 900 spec

SAAB has revealed details of an improved specification for the 900 model line up for 1997 claiming that, when specification improvements are taken into account, price changes are 'minimal'. The new cars have larger, more supportive front seats, new velour upholstery, better brake 'feel' thanks to larger front discs, heat absorbent glass and a more precise gearchange action.

Externally the cars feature exposed wheel bolts, a reflective panel between the rear light clusters and engine size badging (except on 2.0i models). All coupe models except the 2.0i now have alloy wheels and spoilers as standard.

All models have as standard, ABS brakes, dual airbags, electric windows and mirrors (also heated), front seatbelt tensioners, triple three-point rear belts, interior light delay and electrically adjustable headlamps with wash/wipe. All three door coupe models (except the 2.0i) have alloy wheels, rear and front spoilers, front foglamps, leather covered steering wheel and gear knob.

A new 900XS 2.3i five door model is introduced following high demand for the 2.0i version launched two years ago. With air conditioning and alloy wheels the car is set to be a star of the range. At the top of the list, all SE models get leather seats and wood fascias as standard. Automatic transmission becomes standard for the 900SE 2.5 V6 five door and the coupe version is dropped. The useful life of the brake pads is extended by about 15% through the use of a new friction material.

Prices (including £453 on the road charges) are: 2.0i Coupe, £15,310; 2.0i 5dr, £15,810; S 2.0i Coupe, £17,410; 2.0i 5dr, £17,410; S 2.3i Coupe, £18,810; XS 2.0i 5dr, £19,210; XS 2.3i 5dr, £20,610; S 2.0T Coupe, £20,910; S 2.0T 5dr, £20,910; SE 2.0T, £24,160; SE 2.0T 5dr, £24,660; SE 2.5 V6 5dr, £25,210; S 2.0i Conv, £22,710; SE 2.3i Conv, £26,210; SE 2.5 V6 Conv, £30,110; SE 2.0T Conv, £29,710.

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