• Dec 23, 2008
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As the current Saab 9-5 heads into the waning days of its life-cycle, General Motors' Swedish brand will be launching a new limited edition model at the Detroit Auto Show.

This time around, the 9-5 Griffin is set to do duty as the most luxurious Saab yet. While one might expect the most premium edition of the 9-5 to use a six cylinder engine like the 2.8-liter turbo from the Turbo-X, it actually uses a 260-horsepower version of the corporate 2.3-liter four-cylinder turbo. The Griffin receives matte chrome trim in the front, unique five-spoke 17-inch alloys, a rear spoiler and special badging.

The interior receives minimal changes, including gloss trim, piping on the carpets, and accent-colored stitching on the steering wheel, hand brake pull, and standard leather seats.

The Griffin will be available with either two- or three-pedal transmission configurations and four door sedan or wagon ("SportCombi") body styles.

The big question remains is that at $42,775 for the sedan and $44,045 for the Sportcombi, will anyone outside of Saab's most faithful really care? GM has already acknowledged that the Swedish brand is under review and the possibility of sale or shutdown looms large.

Click on the jump for Saab's official press release.


[Source: Saab]

PRESS RELEASE

2009 Saab 9-5 Griffin Edition Takes Off in Detroit

DETROIT – In the luxurious 9-5 Griffin Edition, making its premiere at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this January, Saab offers levels of premium standard equipment that are unprecedented in the 62-year history of the Swedish car brand.

As underlined by its U.S. advertising tagline, "Born From Jets," Saab's illustrious aircraft heritage is part of its design philosophy that runs throughout its range of automobiles. With the vigor of its turbocharged engine and agile road manners, the Saab 9-5 Griffin Edition resonates with its aircraft namesake, the Gripen (Swedish for Griffin) – the first of the new generation of multi-role combat aircraft to enter into active service, developed by Saab Aircraft AB in Sweden. Saab

"With the 9-5 Griffin Edition, Saab reaches a new altitude in terms of premium standard equipment and value," said Steve Shannon, executive director, marketing and product, Saab Automobile USA.

Available in four-door Sedan as well as five-door SportCombi models, all versions feature Saab's signature 2.3L, 260-horsepower (194 kW) four-cylinder engine and can be matched to five-speed manual or automatic transmissions without extra charge.

The exterior of the 9-5 Griffin shows influences from the recently updated Saab 9-3 family, such as the use of matte chrome for the front grill, as well as the frames around the Xenon headlamps. The Sedan has a rear spoiler on the trunk lid, while the SportCombi can be recognized by its roof spoiler and roof rails in matte chrome finish.

Unique five-spoke, 17-inch alloy wheels, plus Griffin badges on the front fenders adorn both body styles. In addition to Polar White, this special edition Saab 9-5 is available in six metallic colors, including Jet Black, Snow Silver, Nocturne Blue, Pepper Green, plus the new Carbon Grey and Glass Grey.

On the inside, every 9-5 Griffin shines with high-gloss interior trim, floor mats with grey piping, as well as the use of accent color stitching on the steering wheel, shift lever and handbrake. This premium stitching also applies to the Aero-inspired leather-appointed sport seats. They are available in two two-tone variations: black with parchment inserts and parchment with black inserts. Additional standard equipment includes a rear parking assist system, plus heated outside mirrors that are not only power-adjustable and foldable, but also auto-dimming.

Expected to start arriving in Saab dealer showrooms in January 2009, the 9-5 Griffin will be priced starting at U.S. $42,775 for the Sedan and $ 44,045 for the versatile and stylish SportCombi (prices include destination charges). In addition to the rich standard equipment, including an automatic transmission, the only options for the 9-5 Griffin are metallic paint, ventilated seats and a navigation system.

Saab is a division of General Motors Corp. Saab Automobile USA is the importer and/or distributor of the Saab 9-3, 9-5 and 9-7X for Saab Automobile AB, Sweden. For the 2009 model year, Saab offers 7 different models that deliver 27 mpg or better according to EPA Highway fuel economy standards. In addition to 4 years/50,000 miles bumper-to-bumper warranty, including roadside assistance and courtesy transportation, every new Saab comes with 3 years/36,000 miles no-charge scheduled maintenance plus standard OnStar and XM Satellite Radio. Visit www.saabusa.com for more information


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      • 6 Years Ago
      This car can't be replaced soon enough. It was dated the day it came out (over ELEVEN years ago), has an interior that's not even on par with my dearly departed 1994 Volvo 850 Turbo, has the chassis rigidity of a piece of damp lasagna, has a subpar powertrain (this 4-cyl will never be confused with a modern engine -- it's not particularly smooth, and has turbo lag from hell), and it's probably the last car in its class with a 5-speed automatic. The 9-3 (especially in Aero form with the turbo 2.8 V6 from the same engine family as the Cadillac CTS 3.6) is a FAR superior vehicle. But if GM doesn't have really big, immediate plans for Saab, they need to be put out of their collective misery.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Folks, please remember that you can get a huge discount on 9-5. I was offered $11K off MSRP two weeks ago without doing any major haggling. This car is not in the same league as the aforementioned vehicles and its true price shows that. You can have a 9-5 for less than TSX, which, IMHO, is closer to it that TL.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That 2.3 liter is a hell of an engine. Smooth, efficient, powerful... way better than the 2.0 corporate engine they use in the 9-3.

      Not sure what autoblog's definition of "corporate" is, but that 2.3 isn't used in anything other than saabs.

      That said, the new 9-5 can't come soon enough. Hope someone decent buys saab...
        • 6 Years Ago
        I have to disagree. I have driven both the 2.3 turbo and my HHR SS has the 260hp DI 2.0. The 2.0 revs smoother, gets great mpg and delivers a serious midrange punch especially in 2nd and 3rd gear. I had a 175hp 2.0 in my 9-3 and that engine was also sweet, not very powerful but economical and very smooth all on regular gas.
      • 6 Years Ago
      SAAB has got to be on crack. There is no way in hell I would pay $42 large for a 9-5. None. You can get an Infiniti G new or a 3-series or 5-series off lease for that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm sure they sell about 5 cars this month
      • 6 Years Ago
      I thought, at first glance, that it was the Eddie Griffin edition, which might be smart marketing if it crash tests well. ;)
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was thinking it was the Peter Griffin edition.
      • 6 Years Ago
      2010 9-5? This thing should have been dead 3 years ago.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can't they just pretty up and rebadge a WRX again? I'd like to see what Saab could do with an 2009 sedan to deuglify it...

      A used one a couple years down the road would be had for a decent price.
        • 6 Years Ago
        back then GM owned a chunk of Subaru. that isn't the case now.

        but yeah... a Saab-ified current gen Impreza would probably look pretty good actually.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Does anyone outside of Saab's most faithful ever care about Saab?
      • 6 Years Ago
      What's the point when $43k will buy a CTS, G37, TL, S80, A4, Passat CC, G8, 330i or C300? All of which offer AWD or RWD in fresher packages.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes Tom,

      Not sure if it's unfortunate or not but Google WooDz, Saab and you can find a lot of my drivel.



      The 9-5 Griffin Edition should be going out with a bang, but 260hp just doesn't do it justice.

      Oh and 'Sherief' you're confusing the 335i with the 9-3 Turbo-X and although the 335i might look good on paper, it loses out to the X in practice. But hey if you want to be a lamb then follow the BMW flock.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't understand the headlight, it looks like a fog light. And what's with the chrome trim everywhere? Looks strange and forced, like lipstick on a pig!
      • 6 Years Ago
      for that price i'd MUCH rather have the turboX. but I agree with your insinuation, that someone looking for a midsized premium sedan would most likely go elsewhere. at least the concept for the new 9-5 looks promising... if they survive
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