Here are new pics and a video of the Saab 9-5 SportCombi and the Saab Phoenix Concept which were both presented at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. We won’t hide our bias and just say that we’re very taken with the 9-5 SportCombi. We like its mix of sports style and elegance and it should contribute to widening the appeal of the Saab range. They have made sensible choices with their engine range, keeping the 1.6 Turbo, 2.0 Turbo and 2.0 TTiD from the sedan and offering XWD and manual or automatic transmission, too.
The Saab 9-5 Combi is obviously a practical vehicle but with a sporty feel (see the 9-5 SportCombi video after the jump). The boot length can get up to 1.9 m and its capacity ranges from 527 litres to 1,600 litres with the rear seats down. A baggage fixture system called U-Rail is available and the boot opens electronically with remote control or a button over the rear number plate.
The Geneva show for Saab also featured the new IQon multimedia system which will soon be adopted by all models in the Saab range. It looks in the style to some Apple products and uses Googles Android system. You can see how the IQon system works in the video after the jump.
Finally there are also new Saab Phoneix Concept pics and a video avaialble. The concept reflects “aeromotional design” according to Saab and while purely an exercise in style at the moment, the model previews some future aspects of Saab design language. It uses a hybrid drivetrain with a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder turbo engine (from Mini) with 200 hp, and an electric motor with 34 hp that powers the rear wheels. This all-wheel drive hybrid set-up takes the name eXWD and will form the basis for future Saab hybrid models.
This new video dedicated to the Saab 9-5 plays on the 60-year history of the company and its “born from jets” slogan, that all nearly went down the drain last year. We’re surprised that the nostalgic video celebrating Saab history didn’t emerge earlier when the company was rescued in its death throes, and has appeared only now to ostentatiously celebrate the 9-5. We find the latter car quite a sexy and exciting proposition that could have done with a video all its own. We don’t mind watching some scenes from Saab history, but not in the context of the 9-5 model. Still if you want a moment to be reminded that we’re lucky to have Saab still around, this video will do that for you.
Source | Autoblog.com
Christian von Koenigsegg didn’t pull off his bid to buy Saab and was actually the protagonist of a clamorous exit from the bidding scene. But it appears that experience hasn’t ruined his opinion of Saab as Koenigsegg (the man not the supercar company) has become the first owner of a Saab 9-5 in Sweden. It’s not every day we get to write a cute news piece like this and whether it’s simple coincidence or a move by Spyker to get some publicity, good luck to them!
Source | Autoblog.nl
The totally redesigned Saab 9-5 was first unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show last September and after officially presenting the car to journalists for test rides, Saab has now released this promo video ahead of its European market debut and hopefully the start of a new era for the Saab brand.
The line-up will be a 180bhp 1.6-litre turbo four-cylinder, FWD, 220bhp 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder, FWD or 4WD and 300bhp 2.8-litre turbo V6, FWD or 4WD and pricing should start at $40,000 depending on engine and equipment.
The future for Saab looks bleak. With Koenigsegg no longer footing a purchase deal and General Motors laying off 9000 workers around Europe for Opel, I can only imagine how the test driver of this Saab must feel right now. Something like driving around in a coffin might come close.
The spy shots show a Saab 9-5 Station Wagon in testing, which should include most of the features of the lovely new 9-5 sedan, but obviously with a heap more luggage space and redesigned rear end. This Saab 9-5 estate could have been one to compete, dare I say, with some of the German touring estates and wagons, but as the guys at spyshots.nl say, a guardian angel for Saab seems a long way away.
Source | SpyShots.nl
The previous Saab 9-5 will be constructed in China by Beijing Auto (BAIC), which will start assembly operations in the next six months of the old sedan model. The project has come about after BAIC acquired part of Koenigsegg operations.
The new production in China of the old model will start only after Saab has launched the new 9-5, planned for April next year. BAIC has full control over the model, and no news has been released about the possible changes from the Chinese that we will see on the old model. What’s more, the move seems to indicate a future joint venture where Saab models will be assembled directly in the local Chinese market.
Here’s a new gallery of the Saab 9-5 and a video after the jump for a closer look at the Saab sedan. We doubt we’ll feel like we’re sailing around in a Koenigsegg supercar, but the top-notch quality is not under question all the same. It seems that the automobile world really wants the 9-5 to be everything Saab is hoping for, and more.
The Saab 9-5 has a good start given its sleek Scandinavian looks and well-chosen engine range. Among the options are a 2.0-litre unit with 220 hp, a 2.8-litre V6 with 300 hp and a 2.0-litre diesel with 160 hp. Other options in the future will also include gas and biopower versions.
We’ll have to wait for first drive impressions to emerge before we can sing praises or claim successes. But most seem well-disposed to be positive and it will all come down to the driving. Video after the jump.
The Saab 9-5 has been presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show, in a crucially strategic move for the company as it faces a very delicate future. We have to say, the 9-5 is looking very suave in a competitive sector, with a strong style, good design and genuine technical base. It’s based on the Opel Insignia, giving the 9-5 a definite head start in its campaign to save Saab.
Overall the Saab 9-5 is a very clean and smooth, impeccably dressed sedan. It has some classy modern touches such as LED lights, and the interior is original but comfortable. For a stand-off with the Germans, the 9-5 has everything from head-up display, Bi-Xenon Smart Beam lights, Saab DriveSense suspension control, triple zone air conditioning and parking assistance.
The engine range is made up exclusively of turbo compressed units, including a two-litre 220 hp engine, a 2.8-litre V6 with 300 hp (with XWD) and a 2.0-litre diesel engine with 160 hp. In the future we should the environmental options emerge, including gas turbo and BioPower units. Both manual and automatic transmission options are available.
After the gallery of new Saab 9-5 pics, here is the first video presented by Simon Padian on the design of the new Saab 9-5 sedan. It’s more of a promo video than anything, on the advanced “Scandinavian simplicity” of Saab, and only shows a three-quarter view of the 9-5. It will be officially presented, however, at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show this month, so hopefully we see some other material emerge in the near future.
At its release, the Saab 9-5 will be available with a 2.0 litre turbo engine with 220 hp, a 2.8 litre V6 turbo with 300 hp and 400 Nm, and the 2.0-litre turbodiesel with 160 hp and CO2 emissions of just 139 g/km. Both front and all-wheel drive options will be available with six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
Saab has released these pics of the new Saab 9-5 before the Frankfurt Motor Show, showing off its new flagship sedan (maybe) set to save the company. Below is the full press release from Saab with details of the new 9-5.
All 9-5 engines will be turbocharged, with the two engines available at release being petrol and diesel four-cylinder, 2.0-litre units. The petrol unit will have 200 hp, while the diesel comes with 160 hp. The engine range will start with a 1.6-litre unit, while the top range option will be a 2.8-litre, V6 turbo with 300 hp and 400 Nm.