• Nov 3rd 2006 at 6:47PM
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The Saab 9-5 is the automotive equivalent of an octogenarian. Most manufacturers debut a revised model every four years, sometimes three, sometimes five, but the 9-5 has been around for over eight years now and it shows.
The UK's Car magazine cobbled together what facts are already known and combined them with some insider knowledge to come up with a few renderings of the future of the 9-5. The article itself isn't just pure stylist speculation, but gives a rough idea of both the looks and underpinnings of Saab's new mid-size sedan.

The styling takes cues from the AeroX concept car from this year's Geneva show and is clearly trying to get some of that coupe-meets-sedan cred that Mercedes made so popular with the CLS. As for mechanicals, you can expect that the new 9-5 will be based off GM's Epsilon II platform that will underpin the Opel/Saturn side of things. The platform will likey undergo some serious revisions, namely to the suspension and steering components, before being employed into the new Saab.

Naturally, FWD will be the order of the day, but AWD will be an option, as will the choice of either a common rail diesel V6 or turbo'd V6 that is expected to put out over 350 HP.

[Source: Car]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      The SAAB 900 of it's day was unique unto itself with it's curved windshield that dominated the design of the car and it's utilitarian design(spacious 2 and 4 dr.hatchbacks).SAABs were also high performance car that handled inclement weather with ease and bravado.Quite and dynamic combination.We didn,t call it that back then but it was kinda the first SPORT UTILITY CAR with a performance edge.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Those a-pilars are all wrong. That is Buick La Sabre styling from the 90's! Who at GM acutally thought Buick retro styling would work for Saab? And btw, the chopped up grille is something that puts the whole front end down. On the current model and on this. It is too hard on the eyes and mind to digest at a quick glance. Never going to make any friends when you make it a hard read at first blush. Sorry to see Saab die a slow death.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Eight years? Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm quite certain the 9-5 is a direct evolution of the old 900 that first saw the light of day in 1984 or 1985.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm glad a few of you sorted out that "900 became the 9-5 thing". Dead wrong.

      The 9-5 needs a change only because change is the accepted norm. It's still a great car but the market expects more. The market ain't necessarily right, but the market does pay the bills.

      Don't take this as what the car's going to be. It ain't a GM-Saab rendering, just an artist's impression. The word going around is that this next 9-5 is going to be a killer. And boy, do they need it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Two rear anti-roll bars, that is quirk.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have to see the full picture of the car. It doesn't make me wanna jump up and trade my 2003 Saab 9-5 Linear wagon in. But this is critical for Saab because they need the sales. I understand at one point they only had four cars in their line-up which I found very weird. But then again if that next 9-5 wagon is better than my current 9-5 then I may consider trading in. But I hope they don't get rid of the upright seats that they've always put in their cars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      GM should sell Saab to an automaker that knows what to do with it. I think Saab could still be viable if it returned to its roots of concentrating on advanced engineering.

      There's plenty that can be done, but it will never happen under GM, which has great difficulty seeing any value in innovation that ventures much beyond trendy stylistic flourishes and cheap exercises in "branding."

      • 8 Years Ago
      Too bad GM won't bury the body. Saab has been a corpse for years and it's a waste for GM to pour more money into this hole.

      Saabs are decent cars but nothing special since the 3 cylinder, 2 cycle Saabs of the late '50s to mid '60s.

      Current Saabs offer no advantages over most other cars except what's been a quirky image for a few people who think they're individualists, or otherwise unique (they're not).

      Better to lay Saab to rest and put GM's scarce resources elsewhere. Even without Saab, GM still has too many brands to support.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "the name of the journal mentioned in this article is CAR not CAR MAGAZINE. Does anyone call it CAR AND MAGAZINE...no, they call it the magazine named Car and Driver. or Car and Driver magazine (the word magazine is not part of the name of either of these journals)."

      umm, if it's just CAR, then how come on their own site (www.carmagazine.co.uk, or hell, just click on the Read link above, and look to left side of the page), they refer to themselves as "CAR magazine"? perhaps they themselves are wrong about their name.

      as for Saab, just bring back the hatchbacks.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Eight years? Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm quite certain the 9-5 is a direct evolution of the old 900 that first saw the light of day in 1984 or 1985."

      I'm pretty sure the Saab 900 became the 9-3 and the 9000 got the axe at the intro of the 9-5.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Come on, the ONLY reason the BioPower (witch NOBODY runs on E85) is outselling its projected target is because the Swedish tax brake for vehicles who’s able to run on E85, not because it’s a better car -in any way- then the regular 2.0 or 2.3.
      And it’s not economical to drive the Saab on E85 because it consumes more fuel –according to Swedish car magazines- then the regular petrol versions.

      And it’s hardly an engineering achievement to construct an ethanol TURBO engine that delivers more power then an petrol engine.

      -A SAAB hating Swede
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't know about Saab going down the tubes... Actually, if you search for the latest "by the numbers" posts on here, you'll see their sales figures have seen phenomenal increases as of late.
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