The new 9-5 is a MASSIVE improvement over the old one. However, we still need to see interior pics and need to know what kind of technology and equipment they have put in it. Don't forget, it may look good, but will it sell?
Recently potential investors and journalists visited Saab´s top secret showroom of the future to see the exiting future line-up. The cars they saw where the next generation of Saab vehicles including the 9-5 Sedan, 9-5 Wagon, 9-4X as well as other unspecified top secret vehicles. Saab has stated they will be launching 4 new cars in 18 months starting with the 9-3X this summer!
What car are you most excited about driving?
Below is some extracts from CAR Magazine in the UK by Greg Fountain:
"I started writing this at least five years ago, round about the time we thought the 9-5 surely must be due for replacement.....I'm a slow writer, but I rarely take 5 years to write 450 words.....
.....The incomprehensible delay in replacing what is one of only two model lines flags up the utter hash General Motors has made of its Swedish asset....
.....It had a slightly imperfect, offbeam coolness of the kind that also defines Alfa Romeo. Enough coolness to make it worshipped almost fetishistically by sufficient customers either side of the Atlantic, cementing a business case only GM could fail to open and shut.....
....Inside, the 9-5 was simply brilliant....the Swedes understand furniture (the seats) like the French understand cuisine....
.....Purist drivers, badge snobs, the uninitiated and those who crave the safety of the tribe never got the 9-5. Here in the motoring press we rarely hailed it, almost never gave it a slot in a 5-series group test. But when I was editing this magazine back in 2002 I ran a 9-5 saloon as a long-term test car. And I still, to this day, miss it."
Hi yall, just thought Id let yas know that there are many new sketches and actual photos of the 2010 9-5 on the net at the moment, I thought I would post the most important ones here so you dont have to go looking!
Interior styling has definatly improved however it seems that the quirky Saab touch is dissapearing from the flagship sedan:
The steering wheel and gear shifter from the insignia is just the start, take a look at the centre console, the seats and the door panneling! The quirky but somewhat useless 9-5 'butterfly' cupholder is gone as to have the Saab 2000 inspired 'fasten seat belt' warning light.
With those things aside, the 9-5 is definatly up with the big boys, finally offering technology worthy of a press release!
Dual-stage front air bags with passenger sensing system1
Side-impact and head curtain side-impact air bags1
LATCH (Lower Anchors and Top tethers for CHildren) system
Daytime Running Lamps
Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with traction control
OnStar® 1-year Directions & Connections Plan2 with Turn-by-Turn Navigation
Front leather-appointed heated bucket seats with power adjustments, driver memory
Split-folding rear seat
Floor console with armrest
Dual-zone automatic climate control with air filtration system
Driver Information Center with outside temperature display
Tilt/telescoping adjustable steering column
Universal Home Remote
Cargo Management System
Remote Keyless Entry with keyless start button
AM/FM stereo with CD player, XM Radio3 with a 3-month trial, USB port and harman/kardon® speaker system
Bluetooth® wireless technology for select compatible phones
2.8L Turbocharged V6 engine
6-speed Sentronic automatic transmission with manual shift
4-wheel disc antilock brake system with Electronic Brake-Force Distribution
Power rack-and-pinion steering
4-wheel independent suspension
Lowered, sport-tuned chassis (Aero)
Intermittent rain-sensing front windshield wipers
Front integral fog lamps
P225/55R17 all-season tires
5-spoke aluminum wheels
SELECTED OPTIONAL FEATURES
Ultrasonic Front and Rear Parking Assist
Lane Departure Warning
Seating options: driver and passenger ventilated seats, semi-Aniline leather surfaces
Tri-zone climate control
Head Up Display
Audio options: Rear seat controls, rear seat entertainment, voice recognition, Navigation radio, 6-disc CD changer, surround sound, 40GB hard drive device
2.8L HO Turbocharged V6 engine (Aero)
Electronic Slip Differential (e-LSD)
EZ Key passive entry system
Xenon headlamps with auto-leveling and adaptive forward lighting
18- and 19-inch aluminum wheels
It looks good, much better than the tacky model before, But what is with the lines around the instrument cluster? they dont match the steering wheel, nor the fishnet aircondition blowerthingys in any way.
That's my ony niggle. Otherwise, AWESOME JOB SAAB!:clap:
This car is very attractive from the outside but I cannot help but feel that this car was designed with little funds availible and were told to take what they could from the insignia. It will reflect badly in the reviews.