Saab 9-5 rendering

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?

Source: AutoCar

4 comments:

Do you know that the 9-5 is used for patrol and undercover in several parts of its native country, Sweden, alongside the Volvo V70. Several Police forces in the UK also use the 9-5 in their fleets, mostly in Aero guise.
The City of Aspen, Colorado, used Saabs as patrol cars from early 1970s until 2005, when the 9-5 was discontinued in favor of Volvo XC90.

That is true. With the new design for the future 9-5 there is no much to comment as it is an improvement. however, how about the 9-3. If the 9-4 is to compete with BM’s line up, how competitive this sedan will be in its league?

Honestly I like the idea of the 9-5 moving to the Epsilon platform as the GM2900 platform is ancient. But how about the 9-3? Does it mean that the 9-3 will move to the Delta platform or smaller? If not, I hope GM makes enough size/content differentiation between the 9-3 and 9-5, or else there is no point of paying extra for a 9-5 over a 9-3.

Just to put the right word for this future Saab.This is a lovely looking reconstruction of the future Saab 9-5 from the Swedish, showing off the elegant and well designed style that could herald success in a time of need for Saab

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