Saab has added a new diesel engine to its 9-3 line-up.

The 1.9TiD uses a new common rail, direct and multiple injection 1.9-litre engine in either 150bhp 16v or 120bhp 8v forms. In both versions, 90% of torque is developed between 1,750 and 3,250 rpm (315 Nm for the 150 bhp engine and 280 Nm for the 120 bhp version), leading to excellent in-gear flexibility.

A maintenance-free particulate filter ensures compliance with Euro 4 emission standards which come into effect on 1st January 2006.

Compared to the old 2.2 TiD unit it replaces, the 150 bhp 1.9TiD engine offers 20% more power and 12.5% more torque, as well as greater refinement, reduced CO2 levels, and improved fuel consumption.

A six-speed manual transmission is fitted as standard, with an optional six-speed automatic ‘box available as an option with the 150bhp engine.

Deliveries start from September.