• Apr 26, 2010
For many moons now, your humble Autoblog crew has been following the new Saab 9-5 around the globe. Not intentionally mind you, but it seems that Saab has been dragging their 9-5 show car out to every show we've covered since before Obama was elected. Which is many, many shows (turns out it's been since Frankfurt). And while we're big boosters of the new 9-5, something's always been... lacking.

That's right, a fifth door. And this totally suspect, but nonetheless quite intriguing, photo seems to indicate exactly that – a Saab 9-5 Estate (also called the 9-5 SportCombi, maybe) – is nigh. That's yet another victory in the eventual, inevitable and ultimately exciting comeback of the once totally dismissed station wagon.

Now it's true, we've covered this territory before. More than once. And back then we felt the same way about the upcoming 9-5 Estate as we do now – it's very, very sexy. Or at least, as sexy as a wagon can be. Which, to us auto journo types, is quite sexy. Regardless, too many a Saab'o'phile, the very essence of the brand is a hatch. Without that fifth (or third) door, a Saab just isn't very Saab like. Therefore this here blurry image, which looks like it was hastily photographed from a presentation or sales brochure, fills Saab boosters with great hope. Go, go Griffin.




[Source: Autoblog.nl]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      They should call it the 9000 Combi.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks like someone photoshopped the back end of a 9-2x onto the 9-5. It's entirely plausible but somewhat dubious looking. To be a proper Saab, however, it really needs a hatchback...but I'll take a wagon!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm seeing a 9-2X graft too. The window tops before and after the C-pillar don't line up.

        Sure looks good, though.
      • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        It really does, in fact I wouldn't be surprised if the 9-5 ends up looking exactly like that rendering.
      • 4 Years Ago
      BORINGGGGGGGGGG. When is SAAB going to wake up. Hopefully Spyker,can breath soem fresh fair and pump of blood into this company. Alot of potential.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Boring? Seriously? The 16 in your screen name must also be your age.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They need to make a small hatch again. Along the lines of 9-2x but a true Saab.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a WRX rebadge.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You sir, are a moron.

        The one car in saab history that actually was a WRX rebadge was a 9-3 and aside from the front bumper/headlights, it was almost identical to the WRX of the time. This doesn't look like any of subaru's products.
        • 4 Years Ago
        heavygear

        You Sir, have your facts wrong

        The rebadged WRX Saab was actually the Saab 9-2x, NOT the 9-3. And yes, the drivetrain remained the same as a WRX, but the suspension and steering was better, making them a desirous purchase (And I think they look better anyway)
        • 4 Years Ago
        That forward leaning c-pillar is actually a detail that Subaru ripped from SAAB.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's the worst leaked photo ever. I can happily report that it looks way nicer than that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe Saab should wait to see how the 9-5 sells before they
      dive into the wagon development phase.

      If the sedan price is already 50 grand then this may cost even more.




        • 4 Years Ago
        My sentiments exactly. 50 grand is asking too much IMO. Not feeling the gauge design surrounds. Dust haven.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In SAABs home market estates are the most popular body style, not making an estate would be very stupid.
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