A Designer’s Take Of What A New 9-5 Might Look Like If Saab Was Reborn

Saab had a long and distinguished history but, under General Motors’ ownership, its products were sub-par for the premium segment. Even though GM sold it and the new management tried to revive it, it was so deep in the red that, eventually, it had to declare bankruptcy.

Ironically, the Swedish automaker had released its best car ever: the all-new 9-5 sedan and estate. The model had an extremely short lifespan, with production operational only between 2009 and 2011. Overall, though, it was received pretty well, as it was the first competitive car to emerge out of Trolhattan for a very long time.

National Electric Vehicle Sweden, which acquired the company, didn’t manage to secure neither the rights to the 9-5 tech, so it rolls out 9-3-based EVs. For all we know, Saab is dead, so, until we hear otherwise, renderings such as this one from Joe Zechnas are the closest thing to picturing what a brand new 9-5 might look like.

The designer dubbed it the NEVS 9-5, as the Chinese consortium failed to get the Saab name or logo. So where does that leave this one?

Styling-wise, it certainly is elegant, with the front end resembling that of the impressive 2011 Saab PhoeniX concept. Unlike the last generation, this one looks bigger than a BMW 5-Series/Audi A6/Mercedes E-Class rival, so that would make it a large luxury saloon. Does that make it more or less intriguing? Feel free to sound off below.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    um…no

  • Six_Tymes

    nice work! hire this designer, they have great ability to show uniqueness.

  • Zandit75

    This has a lot of potential, but some of the design aspects are off slightly. The bonnet especially doesn’t look to have the right proportions.

  • GOT TO SHOW A LITTLE MORE THAN ONE SHADOWY RENDER.

  • sean tooher

    A three year old I’m guessing ?

  • MarketAndChurch

    I think it’s a design fit for a car much larger than a 9-5. Looks cool though.

  • Bash

    Looks cool to me, I love it.

  • Elpatore

    I mean it’s just a Panamera with ruined proportions and Saab concepts pasted all over it…

  • Rocket

    The unrealistically low greenhouse throws the entire design off. Dash-to-axle is all wrong, too.

  • I actually kinda like it, but the side is too much Tesla for me, and we don’t get to see the back as well.

  • Mitchell Jones

    No that was a 9-3 proposal not a 9-5

    • Marty

      To think that this car could have been Saab for the nearest 10 years makes me happy they closed down.

      • that’s mean.

        • Marty

          Maybe, but It’s also true.
          It has been painful to see Saab failing for 40 years to fulfill their brand promise. Nothing they did came even close to the old 900. The Aero-X concept and the new 9-5 were quite promising, but the Castriota 9-3 was yet another fail.
          When any Nissan or Skoda looks more dynamic, inventive and progressive than a Saab, it’s time to shut down.

    • It was at a pretty advanced state of prototype. They had 1/1 models. And a working car.

  • Marty

    I actually think it’s sloppy.
    You can’t just make a Saab by putting the (7 year old) Phoenix front on a Volvo S90 and painting the A pillar black.

    But the sad thing is that this drawing is probably better than what Saab themselves would have come up with, considering the hideous 9-3 that was heading for production.

    • I liked the 9-3 that was going to come out. Saab always looked strange. Beauty is the eye of… well me. 😉

      • Marty

        But there are different kinds of strange. 900 was beautifully, timelessly, dynamically strange.
        The new 9-3 was going to be boring strange. In the eye of this beholder.

  • benT

    WHY run a ruler over the dead ??

  • kDawg

    errrr no.. you’re fired!

  • mp412c

    that would be one of the ugliest cars ever made

    • Most ugly cars have a cult following, Saab had that, They were not known for making relly pretty cars, but like a 911, a Bug… you saw one once, you reconized them in a second on the road.

  • Wesley Na

    The 9-5 was a lovely blend of sport and luxury. There were basically 4 generations of body styles: A_1998-2001, B_2002-2005, C_2006-2009, & D_2010+2011.
    The last two years were built on the same frame as the Chevy Cobalt and Buick LaCrosse, and the profile is a departure from the sloping hood and high rear that embodied Saab style since the 1970’s. The windows seemed to shrink vertically, and this new rendering seems to follow that glass reduction trend.
    While the artist’s talent is brilliant, I would slope the hood, boost the trunk, and create a driver’s side window large enough to pass a bucket of KFC chicken through.

    • 9-5 NG was a modified Regal/Insignia

      • Wesley Na

        Right. GM sedan frame. Perhaps if it was a modified Saab instead of a modified Chevy, then Saab may have continued as a company.

  • DM

    Stop playing with my feelings!!

  • Swedish Car Parts

    I never thought I’d ever say this, but:
    Good thing the SAAB is dead. Having a car this ugly would have killed it for sure.

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