Essentially a stop-gap until the redesigned model launches in 2012, the 9-3 Griffin has a new front bumper, "ice block" headlights, and a revised grille.

Saab has unveiled the 9-3 facelift in Geneva, following its debut at the company's Independence Day celebration in Trollhättan, Sweden.

Essentially a stop-gap until the redesigned model launches in 2012, the updated 9-3 has a new front bumper, "ice block" headlights, a revised grille, and restyled wheels. Additionally, the sedan gains a trunk-mounted spoiler and the SportCombi loses the chrome strip on the tailgate.

To spruce up the cabin, designers added titanium metallic trim and new leatherette seats with unique storage pockets on the sides.

Under the hood, engine options carryover with minor modifications for improved efficiency and reduced emissions. Diesel choices include a 1.9-liter TTiD with outputs of 130 PS (96 kW / 128 hp), 160 PS (118 kW / 158 hp), and 180 PS (132 kW / 178 hp). On the petrol side, the turbocharged 2.0-liter produces 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.

The 2011 Saab 9-3 will go on sale shortly and will be known as the "Griffin."

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