Saab says new 9-5 brings fresh choice to premium saloon segment
Conceived, built and chiefly developed in Sweden, the new model has been billed as the most technically advanced Saab ever and the carmaker says it's equipped to compete head-to-head with leading premium class competitors while offering a 'fresh and distinctive alternative choice'.
'This car is the start of a new era for our brand,' said Jan Åke Jonsson, Saab Automobile’s CEO. '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.'
Commenting on the model's new design, Simon Padian, Saab brand design chief, said: 'We are giving a fresh, very modern expression to some of our classic brand design cues. We have taken visual themes in our recent concept cars, such as the Aero X, which are inspired by Scandinavian design and our brand’s aircraft heritage.'
Saab also promises a spacious cabin, with legroom increased both front and rear compared to its predecessor, and also says that the choice of materials and the fit and finish reflect the 9-5’s premium appeal.
On the road, the model is said to offer array of chassis technologies focused on delivering a sporty, rewarding driving experience. Saab's XWD all-wheel-drive system, already available on the Saab 9-3, is offered with all engines except the 1.6-litre petrol and 2.0TiD 160bhp turbo diesel.
The 9-5 also becomes the first Saab to offer real time damping control through DriveSense, which includes tthree different suspension combinations: "Intelligent", "Sport" and "Comfort".
The all-turbo engine line-up includes a 160bhp, 2.0-litre turbo diesel with CO2 emissions of just 139g/km together with impressive fuel economy of just 53.3 mpg over the combined cycle. There's also the more powerful twin turbo version, which delivers 190bhp and 400Nm of torque. It gives 0 – 62 mph acceleration in 8.8 seconds, and will be available with both front-wheel drive and Saab XWD.
Saab also says that the model harnesses state-of-the-art technologies, ranging from an aircraft-style, head-up display (HUD) to Advanced Park Assist (APA), and from hard disc onboard music storage to adaptive cornering headlights and flexible trunk storage.