• May 22, 2008

Originally predicted to be shown at the Paris Motor Show in October of this year, the 2010 Saab 9-5 won't actually debut until the 2009 Geneva Motor Show in March of next year.

While details of the new car are vague, we do know that it is based on GM's Epsilon II platform (unlike the new 9-3, now rumored to be downsized) and that the styling is expected to follow cues from the Saab Aero-X. Back in November 2006, we called the current Saab 9-5 an octogenarian. In today's current automotive industry, the 9-5 has reached centenarian status. The replacement can't come soon enough.

[Source: Trollhattansaab]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder what will be new on this Saab. Perhaps new rims or a slightly adjusted grill. After all, the car has a relatively new design, it is just 12 years old.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Way to keep the conversation filled with non-info. This is a completely new vehicle from the ground up, not a restyled version of the current car (which yes, the underpinnings are a decade old)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey, if this was owned by Ford, it would have already been sold to the Indians (the ones without the feathers).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hopefully this is the "from the ground-up" new car that Saab direly needs, instead of another cosmetic refresh (they never seem to look better than the original car). I'm hopeful that this will finally be a new car, instead of the 9-5, which was just an update of the 9000 platform, which is now almost 25 years old.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's/its get a handle on it please
        • 6 Years Ago
        Handled. ;-)

        - Mike
      • 6 Years Ago
      If it looks like the rendering, and comes with real AWD, and a 5-door configuration, especially if it comes with a manual transmission option (europe will probably get one, they still seem to buy manuals)... color me slightly intrigued.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The new 9-5 needed to be unveiled about 9 Marches ago.
        • 6 Years Ago
        and needed to do a whole hell of a lot with nothing like the XF has. for some reason, i'm not betting on it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, twelve years. For a Saab, that's not bad. For a Saab.

      For any other make, it's inexcusable. Actually, I take it back, this isn't 1985 (we have all sorts of design technology to shorten development time) and this isn't the OG900 (which was pretty good, even nearing the end of it's run) and it's not good for a car to have been on the same platform for more than a decade.

      Hear that GM? It was a stupid thing when you did it with the Cavalier. It's raw, concentrated, über-stupidity to do it with a luxury flagship. That I can sit in a 2008 9-5 and can see trim pieces that debuted in the 1993 GM900 is uttery evident of just how badly GM has f_cked up Saab. It's also a good example of the kind of thinking that landed them with a 100% drop in marketshare and quarter-over-quarter operating losses.