Saab is celebrating their Independence Day by unveiling the 9-3 facelift in Trollhättan, Sweden. It has minor exterior tweaks, an improved interior, and more efficient engines.

Saab is celebrating their Independence Day by unveiling the 9-3 facelift in Trollhättan, Sweden.

Dubbed the Griffin, the updated model features a new front bumper, "ice block" headlights, and a revised grille with larger Saab lettering. Out back, the chrome strip on the SportCombi has been jettisoned and the sedan gains a trunk-mounted spoiler. Other highlights include standard fog lights and new 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, the cabin stays relatively untouched but there is new titanium metallic trim (graphite fiber on Aero models), updated leatherette seats (with Shark grey fabric inserts), and unique storage pockets on the sides of the front seats.

Under the hood, engine options carryover with minor modifications for improved efficiency and reduced emissions. Most notably, the turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol has been tuned to produce 163 PS (120 kW / 161 hp) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque as well as 220 PS (162 kW / 217 hp) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. 

In related news, Saab also unveiled the 9-3 Convertible Independence Edition. It features the same updates as the regular model, but is distinguised by an exclusive Amber Orange exterior with 18-inch statin chrome wheels. To spruce the interior, designers added beige leather sports seats, orange accents, faux carbon fiber trim, and a unique instrument cluster. No word on pricing, but production will be limited to 366 units.

Check out the press release for additional information