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2011 Saab 9-5 Makes An Early Landing Pre-Frankfurt

Posted in auto industry, Auto Show, Cars, Frankfurt Motor Show, New Cars, Newsworthy, Pictures, Saab by Suzanne Denbow | August 27th, 2009 | 2 Responses |


Officially scheduled to debut next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the 2011 Saab 9-5 is among one of the most highly-anticipated reveals from the newly independent Saab. Although it shares the same Epsilon II platform as both the Opel Insignia and Buick Lacrosse, it’s clear the new 9-5 is intended to be deceleration of quasi-independence.

Displaying its jet heritage more prominently than in years past, the new 9-5 receives a massive gadget upgrade that could put the Gripen to shame. It begins with the center stack, which has been heavily revised and equipped with what Saab refers to as Pilot HUD, an cockpit-inspired driver display system that is reflected in the windshield. Extending the aviation theme further, and in keeping with rich tradition, the car’s push-button ignition car’s ignition is once again mounted on the center console, adjacent to the gearshift.

At launch in late 2010, engine options will include a 160-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gasoline, a 220-hp 2.0L BioPower diesel, and a 300-hp 2.8 V6, all of which are turbocharged. Shortly thereafter, Saab will also add a small, 180-hp 1.6-liter gasoline turbo and a 2.0-liter BioPower E85-capable engine to the line-up. Drivetrain options include a standard 6-speed transmission and Saab’s advanced XWD system, replete with an adaptive chassis system (Saab DriveSense), Bi-Xenon Smart Beam adaptive lighting, and intelligent cruise control.

“This car is the start of a new era for our brand,” explained Jan Åke 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.”

Source: Saab

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  1. Dustin May says:

    It looks good, but in a Euro-car sort of way. Not in the quriky Saab sort of way. The ultraconservative GM is still present in this one, which isn’t surprising since this car would have been all designed and in final production checks when the sale to Koenigsegg was completed.

    Speaking of Koenigsegg, I sure hope they plan on letting Saab get back to it’s roots and put this time in the abusive foster family of GM behind it.

  2. Marc Sketchler says:

    Maybe it’s not as quirky as the ’86 900 hatchback your English professor drove, but I think it looks smart as hell. And you gotta at least admit that the little airplane in the centre stack is just adorable.

    Further, any HUD makes me happy in pants, even if it’s in a ’92 Cutlass Supreme or a Maxima of similar vintage. And any car that can make green dash lighting, formerly relegated to the most boring of dashboards (I’m looking at you, every car in the ’90s), look as good as it does on those gauge needles is okay by me. It reminds me of the bridge on so many Star Trek enemy ships, very sci-fi and very organic.