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.”