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2010 Saab 9-5 Preview

By Jeff Youngs, December 31, 2009
2010 Saab 9-5Critical Knowledge:
  • Completely redesigned, 2010 Saab 9-5 luxury sport sedan
  • New look inspired by Scandinavian design, Aero X concept
  • Wraparound window design evokes Saab's aircraft heritage
  • Available in Linear, Vector or Aero models
  • All-turbo powertrain, including a 160-hp, 2.0-liter diesel engine; 220-hp, 2.0-liter gasoline engine; and a 300-hp, 2.8-liter V-6 engine (offered exclusively with XWD, Saab's all-wheel-drive system)
  • Shortly after launch, Saab promises a small, 1.6-liter gasoline turbo with 180 hp will be introduced, together with a 2.0-liter BioPower E85-capable engine
  • Six-speed transmission mated to all engines
  • Two suspension layouts, both available with a sport setting
  • Available high-tech features include:
    • Head-up display (HUD)
    • Bi-Xenon adaptive lighting
    • Adaptive cruise control
    • Saab DriveSense adaptive chassis with real-time damping control
    • Keyless entry and starting
    • Tri-zone air conditioning
    • Dynamic parking assistance
    • Saab XWD (cross-wheel drive) with rear eLSD (electronic limited-slip differential)
  • Will be unveiled to the public at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show
  • To be built at Saab's headquarters in Trollh_ttan, Sweden
  • Sales to start toward second half of 2010 model year
Saab, the Swedish automaker known for its "quirky" design, center-console-mounted ignition and its "Born From Jets" ad campaign touting the company's aircraft heritage, is getting a fresh start. As the brand transitions to new ownership, Saab is returning to its roots, focusing on aircraft-inspired, progressive Scandinavian design and a driver-oriented cockpit. The first model to emerge from the "new" Saab is the redesigned, 2010 Saab 9-5 premium sport sedan-the brand's flagship model, which joins the existing Saab 9-3 lineup and the 9-7X sport utility.

The redesigned 2010 Saab 9-5 features a completely new look, taking cues from the Aero X concept car. Available with an array of high-tech features, including adaptive lighting, adaptive cruise control, driver-selectable adaptive chassis control with real-time damping, and Saab's XWD (cross-wheel-drive) technology, the redesigned 9-5 sedan will also offer an array of turbocharged engines. Available in Linear, Vector and Aero models, the new 9-5 sedan will be built at the company's headquarters in Trollh_ttan, Sweden, and will be available later in the 2010 model year.

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2010 Saab 9-5Design
With the introduction of the redesigned 2010 9-5 sedan, Saab is clearly heading in a new direction in terms of vehicle design-one that makes a bold new statement yet still pays homage to the company's aircraft heritage. And while the company has kept its focus on a driver-oriented cockpit (complete with the vehicle's ignition between the seats), the most striking element of the new 9-5 is its exterior design, which includes a deep grille flanked with curving, ice-block headlamp units; rear light bar; wraparound window glass; a falling roofline; fenders that "melt" into the wheels; and a recessed rear window. Frontal styling is inspired by the Aero X concept car, and the new 9-5 features some familiar Saab brand cues, such as the "hockey stick" belt line.

Saab describes the interior design of the redesigned 2010 9-5 sedan as "simple forms (that) define its architecture and echo the design purity of the exterior." And while the cockpit is still driver-focused, according to the company, its execution is all new. The interior features a deep center console that sweeps up around the driver into the main instrument display, which is topped by ventilation outlets. Deeply recessed main dials include a rolling �altimeter' speed read-out, a reference to Saab's aviation heritage and featured in the Aero X concept. Driver displays, including the optional head-up display in the windshield, are predominantly illuminated in signature Saab green and have a crisp, floating appearance, the company says. The car's ignition, now a start/stop button, remains between the front seats, next to the gear shift, consistent with company tradition. The new design also adds passenger comfort, as front and rear leg and shoulder room are increased compared to the current-generation 9-5.

Saab will offer at launch a choice of 4- or 6-cylinder engines in the redesigned 9-5 sedan-all turbocharged, and all connected to a 6-speed transmission. Four-cylinder diesel and gasoline engines come in 2.0-liter displacement, offering 160 (diesel) and 220 (gasoline) horsepower. A 2.8-liter gasoline V-6 will also be available, generating 300 horsepower and offered exclusively with Saab's XWD all-wheel-drive system. Shortly after launch, Saab says a small, 1.6-liter gasoline turbo with 180 horsepower will be introduced, together with a 2.0-liter BioPower E85-capable engine.

Saab's XWD, the all-wheel-drive system currently available on the Saab 9-3, is offered with the 2.0-liter gasoline, BioPower and V-6 engines. Available on all 2010 Saab 9-5 sedan models is driver-selectable adaptive chassis control, operated via the vehicle's DriveSense controls. Two different suspension layouts are factory-fitted according to engine power and both are available with a sport chassis setting.

2010 Saab 9-5Technology
In addition to its new design, the redesigned 2010 Saab 9-5 sport sedan features an array of high-tech features, including an aircraft-like, head-up information display (Pilot HUD); adaptive lighting (Bi-Xenon Smart Beam); adaptive cruise control; Saab DriveSense adaptive chassis with real-time damping control; keyless entry and starting; tri-zone air conditioning; dynamic parking assistance; and Saab XWD with a rear eLSD.

Infotainment choices include a top-of-the-line Harman/Kardon surround sound audio system and an 8-inch touch-screen navigation system with hard disk storage for map data and 10 GB of jukebox-style music files. A large center console provides stowage and connections for several portable devices through USB and Aux ports alongside a 12V power outlet.

Rear passengers can access their own audio or watch a DVD. The rear-seat entertainment unit in the back of the center console accommodates audio controls and fold-out viewing screens are installed in the front seatbacks. Wired and wireless headphones are also provided. The rear-seat entertainment unit also includes twin air vents and an independent temperature control for the rear cabin, in addition to the dual-zone air conditioning up front.

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