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2010 Saab 9-5 – Click above for image gallery

UPDATE: Autobild has released 26 stock photos of the 2010 9-5, with plenty of detail shots including several of the cabin. We're attempting to track down all of the official high-res images and data, but in the meantime, check them out by clicking the image above.

We've been seeing disguised spy shots of Saab's pivotal new 9-5 sedan for some time now, and we've liked what we've seen, even if we haven't been able to peel back the covers all the way. Well, a spate of scanned images have hit the internet of what appears to be a production-ready example, and we're cautiously graduating our emotions to genuine excitement.

The images, apparently scanned from German magazine Autozeitung by MotiveMag forum user saabspider, depict a handsome sedan with a confident face, an aggressive rearward tapering greenhouse (emphasized by the chrome J-kick trim band), and a short, tapered rear deck that remind us vaguely of Saab 900 sedans of yore.

The interior also looks inviting, maintaining Saab's traditional driver-oriented 'cockpit' feel, with liberal use of glossy black and matte metal accents.

Will the new 9-5 be enough to save the perennially troubled Swedish automaker as it moves toward independence? Check out the gallery below and then let us know what you think in the 'Comments' section.




[Source: MotiveMag forums via Twitter]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, that's really really nice looking.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey Look! Its got a start button just like like a jet fighter LOL

      SAAB

      Born from jets
      Killed by GM.
      • 6 Years Ago
      THIS is the reason why GM didn't want to sell Saab?!?!

      Good grief...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Manual Transmission FTW!!! Otherwise, it's a pretty unremarkable car, but that's where you want to be in this market space. Can't be too extreme... I really like the dash cluster.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have a 9-3 now and I'm not impressed with this. I hope it's better in person.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, I have an '09 9-3 and I prefer the exterior styling of it. However, they have done some really nice stuff on the interior of this. The gauges and center stack look great.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Surely I can't be the only one thinking this looks EXACTLY the same as the old one?!
        • 6 Years Ago
        The rear end is certainly a bit nicer than before, and you're right, the interior is a massive step forward. I just think that, in these times, a bit of passion and flare would go down well. Nobody is gonna see this and think "Yes! This is the handsome brute i've been waiting to blow $30k+ on. Depressingly that's £30k here in England too, despite the exchange rate:(
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually, I own the previous one, and this looks NOTHING like it... my car is nice, but this takes the cake! I love everything EXCEPT the backside of the headrests. The plastic looks far too "GM"...
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Ike
        Are you serious? This is the laziest evolution of car design since the 911, but at least that's a desirable car in any iteration. I just don't know why they haven't made the effort. If Jaguar had done the same, and not come up with masterpieces like the new XF, and latterly the XJ, they would have already gone bankrupt. Instead their order books are full.
        To me this shows just how low confidence levels are at Saab. I just don't know why you would buy one of these - there's a point where individualism becomes foolhardiness. Good luck to them, but I won't be surprised when it's a sales flop, just like every non-special-edition Saab ever.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I feel the same, this car has no interior change frum the last to be honest. the back end is kinda new, but the front is the same old saab front, this brand has too work much harder at its designs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        James , I agree. I like the interior but the exterior leaves me very underwhelmed. I am a former SAAB owner and I am still a SAAB fan, but I expected more. This could be a Toyota if not for the badges.
        • 6 Years Ago
        i'm with kwa, the rear, front, rear 3/4, all look a lot more saab and a little less GM, the interior also looks much improved. It's funny, it's a very subtle difference, more clearly defined now, but it helps the car feel a lot more SAAB-ie.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 6 Years Ago
      mmm quirky Swedish design

      If this is the 9-5 I fear that the general car buying public won't appreciate it and buy it. Just look at Volvo they have excellent design and many reasons to chose a Volvo as your next car. Yet, no one is buying them.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        Why would you buy a SAAB 9-5 starting at $40k+????

        Dynamically it is closer to the cheaper Acura TSX/TL. It falls short of the similar sized Cadillac CTS and Infiniti G but yet costs at least a couple thousand more.

        The reason why no one is buying Swedish cars is that they are overpriced.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        It's doubtful it's going to be a better performer than a cts. Isn't this based on the fwd delta platform? Not that it can't be sporty, it's just doubtful it will reach that level.


        Besides it still isn't as good in the styling department.

        Honestly if saab were to move down in price it'd probably pick up way more sales. The outside is somewhat bland and the inside seems nice enough, but at $40k you can get a nicer looking or better performing car for your money.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        I'm with Tim

        The CTS and G37 take this to school and back in every aspect of performance and even in design, so why pay up for this 9-5 whent eh CTS is right there

        I was hoping for a lot more risk aking and a redefined Sabb, but all we get is a slight evolution withnothin gto write home about
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bring back the SAABARU!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Absolutely! I've got a 9-2x aero.. the looks are great, and the engine is awesome! I wish subaru stayed on with their design.. the new STi is acceptable, but that is it. The old WRXs and STis looked like japanese rally muscle machines, and they backed their looks with performance. However, now, they still have the performance, but the styling is absent. I don't know if you've seen the new WRX sedan... it looks like a kia. Its dreadful.
        • 6 Years Ago
        With Subaru drivetrain, and some of this Saab styling... HECK YES.

        Subaru's styling is taking a walk off a map, but their mechanicals are still quite good.

        Saab seems like it can pull off quiet yet slick dignity, with both the 9^3, and now the 9^5... The 2005-2009 Legacy evidently was the last gasp of such styling at Subaru.

        Even this new interior ever so slightly reminds me of my SVX's dash layout.

        Subaru's parent Fuji Heavy Industries is a conglomerate with some aviation industry history, as well, although pre-jet-age. FHI does supply some aviation industry players, IIRC... a marketing parallel to be found there?
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's not as stunning as the Aero-X; I was hoping the front lights would copy the Aero-X and taper into the grille, and the interior would look better backlit in minty-fresh blue. I think the wagon version might be something special, but this isn't going to save our skins if this is all they've got...
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks great in these pictures, especially in profile. The dash is a little tacky though; it looks like a great dust collector.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The exterior is very good. Relatively conservative, but looks modern. Certainly not a disaster like the current Acuras, which are trying way too hard to look modern, and end up looking ridiculous.

      As for the interior, the curious grill / louvre dash looks cheap, and the faux aircraft centre dial is a bit odd, but at least the interior is original.

      I say that overall this is a good design. Not sure where Saab wants to be in the luxury market though. Are they content to compete with Acura and Buick, or do they want to rival Mercedes and BMW like they did in the 1980s (in Europe anyway).
      • 6 Years Ago
      i love Saabs. i think this seems to be a generation behind current designs. the interior shapes are very mid 90s. the whole car just screams 90s to me. nice 90s, but 90s none-the-less.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Have you seen the ugliness that has been coming out lately?

        Acura (pretty much all of them)
        Honda Accord
        Toyota Camry
        Nissan Maxima
        Lexus ES
        2010 Subaru Legacy
        current Chevy Impala.
        Chrysler Sebring/Avenger

        Those are just some of the outstanding bland-to-ugly current examples...
        The current state of automotive is far from wonderful.

        At least this Saab looks decent, even if not flashy, or ultra-modern, which seems to trend toward ugly.
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