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2010 Saab 9-5 Sedan: Officially - Official Photos and Info, gets 1.6-Liter Turbo and AWD

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No thanks to an online leak back in July, Saab failed to surprise us today with the official release of its new 9-5 flagship sedan that will have its public debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in mid September. Nevertheless, aside from the new photo album, the Swedish automaker also confirmed details behind the 9-5 that will compete in the premium saloon segment when it goes on sale in early 2010.

"This car is the start of a new era for our brand," said Jan-Ake Jonsson, Saab Automobile's Managing Director. "We have created an advanced and very distinctive product by leveraging the power of our roots in key areas, such as progressive Scandinavian design, sporty driving and responsible performance. The new 9-5 delivers in all these respects, as will every future product from Saab."

The 9-5's exterior styling has been inspired by the Aero X concept car while the windshield and roof are reminiscent of the classic 900 model. If you want our personal opinion, which by the way, is not final as we haven't seen the car up close yet, we can't say that we're thrilled by the 9-5' somewhat generic (in a 2000-ish Saab sort of way) face with the dominant grille but we do like the modern and sleek design of the rear-end.

Inside, Saab owners will feel right at home with the traditional, driver-focused cockpit that features an aircraft-inspired head-up information display. The Swedish maker promises that the choice of materials, the fit and finish and the perceived quality of the controls all reflect the new 9-5's premium character.

Furthermore, Saab says that compared to the 9-5's predecessor that was revealed back in 1997, legroom and shoulder width are increased both front and rear, while rear legroom has also been improved.

Underneath its metal skin, the new 9-5 shares GM's Epsilon 2 platform with the Buick LaCrosse and Opel Insignia, though the Saab has a longer wheelbase. At launch, the new 9-5 will be offered with two gasoline engines, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit with 220 HP and a 2.8-liter V6 turbo that makes 300 HP, and a 2.0-liter turbo diesel producing 160 HP. below

Shortly after launch, Saab will add a 1.6-litre gasoline turbo with 180 horsepower together with a 2.0-litre BioPower E85 four-cylinder unit (see details here ->).

All engines are linked to 6-speed manual or automatic transmissions while as an option, the 2.0-liter gas and Biopower models will be available with the Haldex all-wheel drive system that comes as standard on the 2.8 V6 Turbo.

Finally, Saab claims that the 9-5 is the most technically advanced car it has made to date boasting many 'high-tech' features such as adaptive chassis control with driver settings selected through Saab DriveSense, Bi-Xenon Smart Beam adaptive headlights and adaptive cruise control.

More details are to be released at the forthcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.

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17 Comments:

Anonymous said... »August 27, 2009

Kinda bland, but I am happy to see Saab found a new home. Maybe the next generation will show the new owner's influence?

Anonymous said... »August 27, 2009

Oh, and ditch any and all GM related crap in the way of parts.

Anonymous said... »August 27, 2009

"Oh, and ditch any and all GM related crap in the way of parts."

Parts?

You have no idea how much part-sharing is done amongst automakers. There is no GM parts vs Honda parts vs BMW parts. There is just parts form parts makers. Automakers buy from them and assemble them.

For in-house developed parts, the part's cost is shared. GM's magnetic-ride suspention wouldn't pay for itself if it only came on the corvette. Thankfully, Audi and Ferrari share the development costs of the part and all 3 benifit.

this kind of aranagement has been going on for decades now. it really shouldn't be a suprise for anyone.

Anonymous said... »August 28, 2009

Exterior looks like Alfa.

Anonymous said... »August 28, 2009

beautiful car! :)

Anonymous said... »August 28, 2009

Ditch the GM related parts. Period. GM's quality control is so low even ants have an issue with them.

Anonymous said... »August 28, 2009

so what gm parts are on there that you can redily identify and know for certain that tehy aren't shared with any other automaker?

Anonymous said... »August 29, 2009

the most beautiful sedan ever.

beautiful car!

Anonymous said... »August 29, 2009

WOW! This is an amazing looking car. I am a little surprised that the Aero version isn't a little more eye-catching though. I hope that Hirsch makes a kit like they do for the 9-3 and boosts output to 400+ hp... or that Koenigsegg decides to add its know-how to the next model-year Aero version ('11). I will buy this car without a doubt if they do this. That interior is flawless though - absolutely amazing! Good job Saab.

Anonymous said... »August 29, 2009

It's nice that Saab isn't being a total copycat, but I personally detest the look of this car! there's not an angle, detail or surface inside or outside that I find appealing.

Kiyoshi Manabe said... »September 06, 2009

Her biopower 2.0 turbo is very interesting and seductive,but as a whole her CO2 data seem higher than comparable Audi,BMW,Mercedes units. Among them,especially 2.8 V6 turbo makes vast amount of CO2,compared with the Audi A6 3.0TFSI. So this Swedish company is inferior to German and Japanese automobile giants in emission/combustion technology,in my view.
Indeed,the SAABs have long been pieces of crap in both quality and technology areas,due to cost-cutting GM's policy. So Saab products were mere "glorified Chevrolets",with tepid drive feel and mundane mechanical precision from 1990s to recent years. In other words,GM has been preventing Saab from investing in technological development seriously for a long time.
Now,Saab has become free from "nuisance" GM's control,so Saab will regain its own technical-oriented character in the long run,but serious retard in engineering area makes this brand rather behind Audi and BMW,the situation is very crucial.
As for new 9-5,she seems rather cumbersome and heavy,making her a reliable yet unsubtle barge in my image. Her CO2 level and fuel consumption have large room for improvement,if improved drastically,she'll become a serious rival for from VW Passat/Citroen C5 to Audi A6 to Lexus IS and BMW 3/5 series,I anticipate Saab's effort from my heart.

Anonymous said... »September 12, 2009

Absolutely THE BEST LOOKING CAR in the premium/executive segment at this moment. It looks much better then A6, BMW 5, Mercedes E or all Japaneese competitors. However taking into account its size it even touch slightly luxury segment. Anyway I expect some improvements from Koenigsegg in the future. But ... I'm going to buy one next year (probably Vector, XWD).

Anonymous said... »September 13, 2009

Yes the car looks great, and I also think about buying one. But frankly says I'm a little bit disappointed by its face - it should be change in the way which was shown on photos released in 2006 (if I'm correct). It was the most beautiful and the most modern and aggressive car face I ever saw. Anyway rear-end looks wonderful and very modern. So maybe Koenigsegg would be so nice and make prompt update :) . If they do it and give more options of engines and more equipments (night-vision, and some safety ideas as volvo) it would be the most beautiful and the best car in the world.

Anonymous said... »September 14, 2009

I've just founded. The face of new SAAB should loook like on this image http://www.trollhattansaab.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/saab_9-5_my2010_big.jpg Thera are small differences, but the car looks fantastic. So ... please make immedietelly correction :) It would be the best car on this and few others planets :)

Anonymous said... »September 14, 2009

Dear Kiyoshi what are you talking about " she'll become a serious rival for from VW Passat/Citroen C5 ... Lexus IS and BMW 3". This is not a competition. These cars are from lower segment :))) The competitors of new SAAB are only A6, BMW 5, Mercedes E, Lexus GS, Jaguar XF, Volvo S80. However size of the new SAAB and general look is rather from luxury segment. It is much bigger and look much better then its natural competitors. Unfortunately small engine, and lack of luxury equipment, etc. caused that new SAAB is stil in the premium/executive segment not luxury.

Kiyoshi Manabe said... »September 18, 2009

>Dear Kiyoshi what are you talking.....
Thank you for the response!
In my image,Saab brand has been using smaller engines for their large sedans(E-segment) so they seem half-class below the likes of Mercedes E-class,BMW 5-series,and Audi A6 traditionally,since the era of Saab 9000. In those days,Saab had nothing but 4-cylinder units!
Now,Saab has 6-cylinder engines,but most rivals have V8 units in same segment. So Saab 9-5 basically competes with volume zone of Audi A6,Jaguar XF,Mercedes E-class,Volvo S80,and Lexus GS but not with their top grades.
Above all,the new Saab 9-5 will partly compete with cars from lower segment,just partly,along with her direct competitors listed above. Indeed,her estimated prices would overlap with top-end of 3-series,C-class,Lexus IS,and Passat.

Anonymous said... »October 18, 2009

:))) Kyoshi please don't make me laughing :))) New SAAB 9-5 is much better then A6, BMW 5, lexus GS, Mercedes E, Jaguar XF which are much closer to cars you mentioned then new SAAB. Maybe you should go to take some fresh breath because you seem to live in different world :)

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