The Swedish automaker Saab, will finally unveil the new 9-5 sedan at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The four door model will soon be followed by a wagon version for the spring of 2010. The future also holds a 9-4X SUV, a vehicle aimed directly at competing with other compact crossovers like the BMW X3 and Audi Q5 .
The future 9-5 will be built on the same Epsilon 2 as its European GM cousin, the Opel Insignia, except the Saab will get a stretched wheelbase. Word on the street is that the car company that was born from jets will offer two different types of suspension, standard and premium, as well as optional four-wheel drive and a series of engines ranging from an economic four cylinder diesel to a high performance 2.8 Liter turbocharged V6.
What we need to ask ourselves here in America is, how will the elimination of non essential GM brands here in the U.S. affect the automotive conglomerate’s new car lineups around the world. Could this beautiful 9-5 face an early grave due to the cutbacks here on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean?