GENEVA: 9-5 marks new era for Saab
The model is intended to provide Progressive Scandinavian design inspired by Aero X and Saab heritage alongside an array of high-tech features that make it the most technically advanced Saab yet. Examples include aircraft-like head-up information display (HUD); adaptive lighting (Bi-Xenon Smart Beam); adaptive cruise control; DriveSense adaptive chassis with real-time damping control; keyless entry and starting; dual-zone air conditioning; dynamic parking assistance and XWD with electronic LSD, the industry-leading all-wheel-drive system.
The all-turbo powertrain line-up gives a choice from launch of the 160PS, 2.0-litre turbo diesel with CO2 emissions of 139 gm/km and a 2.0-litre petrol turbo developing 220PS. A top-of-the-line 300PS 2.8-litre V6 turbo is offered exclusively with XWD and automatic transmission.
Shortly after launch, a 1.6-litre petrol turbo with 180 hp will be introduced, together with a 2.0-litre turbo BioPower E85-capable engine, and a 190PS, 2.0-litre twin turbo diesel.
'This car is the start of a new era for our brand,' said 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 all new 9-5 delivers in all these respects, as will every future product from Saab.'
Pricing and on-sale dates will be confirmed later this year.