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On the market in its current form essentially unchanged for twelve years running, the Saab 9-5 is an aging beast, but the Swedish automaker is hard at work on its replacement. These spy shots of a heavily camouflaged test mule were snapped on the outskirts of Barcelona, Spain.
It's hard to tell much from the photos of the heavily disguised development vehicle, but it is expected to carry the same sort of notchback profile as the current version. Styling is suggested to carry over the "Born From Jets" theme more emphatically than the current model. Either way, it is widely believed that this is the same chassis that underpins the Opel Insignia.

Underneath the hood, we're expecting the current crop of gasoline and diesel engines to carry over, with the possible addition of the 2.8-liter V6 from fellow General Motors premium brand Cadillac. Sources suggest the new 9-5 could be ready for debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this year in September, so stay tuned. Thanks to Dan for the tip!

[Source: L'Auto Journal via Trollhattan Saab]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      i feel sorry for whoever has been leasing the 9-5. they're always paying for it and after 3 years they get to replace it with...the same thing....and the cycle starts all over again.

      Can't wait for the new 9-5 to come out tho. I'm expecting to be impressed. If Saab make it some badge-engineered saturn aura i'll kill them. and hopefully the 9-5's will be replaced more often. it's not a 911, it can't just change the headlights and keep the design for 10-20 years
      • 6 Years Ago
      wow, the zoom feature on that website was.............. barely?
      I can't believe the current model has been in production that long? We shall call her Astro.
        • 6 Years Ago
        WOAH! The zoooooooooommm feature makes the picture H U G E. [end sarcasm]
        • 6 Years Ago
        Lol, seriously I was thinking the EXACT same thing. Why even bother? There's a few sites that do that. The tab should just say "click to increase size by .0003%"
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think the current 9-5 looks nice, I just hope they completely revamp the interior.
      • 6 Years Ago
      WOW, this is the most exciting news ever, finally, an update to the Saab Camry, sorry, 95. Oh boy, Benz, BMW, Volvo, Audi, you guys better watch out.

      Enough sarcasm. Seriously though, who cares? They took a decent (at best) looking "family" car and made it ugly as sin, yet kept the same outdated, ugly as sin interior. You really think this is going to be any better, or do you think anyone actually cares?

      I'm not sure who GM would expect to pay $40k for this car when for the same price you can get a Volvo S80 (not S60) which is a far better looking and built car with many, many more options. Or how about another $2K and get an Audi A6?

      Back to the sarcasm, you gotta be kidding me with this car.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Even better photos here:

      http://www.saabhistory.com/2009/01/20/next-generation-saab-9-5-spy-photos-from-french-media/


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Uh oh! Where's mention of the nearly 350 hp turbo six??? And my XWD.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Saab already has a 2.8 V6 Turbo, so why they would take something off a Caddy? Doesn't add up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      IT'S ABOUT GODDAMN TIME

      That's definitely a Saab roofline.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You said it... The fact that its taken GM this long to release the 9-5's replacement explains why the brand's sales are in the ground. Saab needs to makes small, stylish, near-luxury cars: it's not complicated. Like MINI/Volvo. Maybe the 9-5 will use the cool glass from the 9-4 concept:

        http://www.netcarshow.com/saab/2008-9-4x_biopower_concept/800x600/wallpaper_06.htm


        • 6 Years Ago
        Yup it's a SAAB. All Holdens with swedish plates are. This one has the 2.0T btw.