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Car reviews - Saab - 900 - 900i 16 Combi 5-dr hatch

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Saab logo22 Dec 1988

By MALCOLM LIVERMORE

SAAB'S original 900 dated back to the 1967 99, although it was a thoroughly reengineered car by the time it arrived wearing that badge in 1979. A longer nose and new model variants ushered in the 1987 900, the most visibly facelifted 900 to date. The base model was now an 81kW 2.0 2-door sedan, followed by a five-door, four-door GLE, a two-door 93kW 16-valve EMS, and three and four-door 118kW Turbo versions. Specification and refinement levels continued to improve. In late ’88 all non-turbo models received 94kW 16-valve 2.0-litre power. By 1990, the range consisted of: 94kW 900i in two, three, four and, as featured here, five-door variants, the 94kW EMS three-door, and the 118kW turbocharged 900 Turbo five-door, 900 Aero 16S and 900i Cabriolet. A new, 103kW 2.1-litre 16-valve four-cylinder engine arrived in early ’91, which found its way into a reduced range consisting of three, four and five-door 900 in turbo and non-turbo guises. A slightly refreshed range saw the arrival of a non-turbo Aero (replacing the EMS). Anti-lock brakes became standard. In total 908,810 900 Mk1s were made between 1978 and 1993.
Model release date: 1 November 1988 to 1 February 1991

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