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Saab 9-3 Convertible Independence Edition - Click above for high-res image gallery

A couple of days after reports of a special edition Saab 9-3 surfaced in celebration of the company's independence from General Motors, the automaker has confirmed its particulars and corrected a few details along the way.

The 9-3 Independence Edition celebrates not only Saab's liberation out from under the GM umbrella, but also the 25th anniversary of the company's first convertible. It's based on the Aero trim model, but while earlier reports suggested it could get the 220-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo from the 9-5, the special edition is actually driven by a 1.9-liter diesel four with 180 horses and a six-speed automatic.

Amber Orange metallic is the dominant color, coating the exterior and highlighting the cabin with trim on the parchment leather sport seats and stitching on the steering wheel. There's also grey piping on the floor mats and carbon-look leather on the instrument panel, levers and handles. And while those special 18-inch wheels may look like they've got five spokes, but actually have twenty.

Only 366 examples of the Independence Edition will be made in all - one for each day of this year and another to kick off the next. Follow the jump for the press release and check out the pair of images in the gallery below.


Gallery: Saab 9-3 Convertible Independence Edition



[Source: Saab]Continue reading Saab 9-3 Convertible Independence Edition officially revealed prior to Geneva debut

Saab 9-3 Convertible Independence Edition officially revealed prior to Geneva debut originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 23 Feb 2011 16:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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