Not scheduled to officially debut until September at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, little has been seen of the 2011 Saab 9-5 outside of heavy camouflage and rendered speculations, and we had been hoping for the final product to be something a little less…weird. Unfortunately, photos leaked from German publication Autobild have confirmed otherwise.
We picture the head designer feverishly toiling away at a small clay model, painstakingly attempting to execute the perfect wagon before finally throwing it down in frustration and stomping away. Apparently, the lump that was left on his desk was given the greenlight for production and here we are, looking at a half-assed 9-5 wagon (literally).
Unlike the exterior, the 9-5’s cabin remains traditionally Saab, which means the ignition is still inconveniently located next to the gearshift on the center stack, and correct operation of the entertainment system still requires advanced knowledge of aerospace engineering. We dig the aviation theme though, and if Saab continues with tradition and stocks the 2011 9-5 with something rated above 300-hp, we’re willing to forgive Sven’s design blunder.