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2012 Saab 9-5 SportCombi - Click above for high-res image gallery

While Victor Muller is on a money hunt, the rest of Saab is hoping to produce and sell cars. The Saab 9-5 SportCombi is one of those cars, and we've been itching to learn more about what version of the handsome wagon we're going to get (provided the company is still around to produce them). Consider that itch scratched. A pre-launch brochure for the North American 9-5 SportCombi has found its way to the Internet, and it's loaded with information.

According to the document, the 2012 Saab 9-5 SportCombi will utilize the 220-horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which is paired with a six-speed automatic gearbox and Saab's Cross-Wheel Drive system (XWD).

Saab has decided to fill the inside of this new 9-5 SportCombi with upscale standard equipment, so it's likely to be on the pricier side. The standard equipment list includes a panoramic moonroof, heated seats, keyless start, a cooled glove box and a navigation unit that's controlled via eight-inch touchscreen. Bundled option groups include the Technology Package (lane-departure warning, park assist, bi-Xenon cornering lights, and head-up display) and Rear Passenger Package (rear seat audio, dual eight-inch screens with DVD player and wireless headphones and tri-zone HVAC).

No word yet on pricing, so stay tuned, but in the meantime, you can check out the brochure in its entirety by checking out the gallery below.


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      Quixcube
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have yet to see a new 9-5 sedan where I live, and the wagon is bound to be even more scarce. That makes me want one even more! I don't want to be the guy in the 3rd black (or wild and crazy silver) BMW pulling up at the traffic light. They are as common as Camrys. Audi is almost as bad, and VW wants to sell 4 times as many of them 5 years from now. Yay. A car that says "If it is good enough for everyone else, it must be good enough for you too." I just want Saab to stay in business long enough for me to buy one.
      AcidTonic
      • 3 Years Ago
      Once again I'm glad to see another AWD turbo 2.0 4 cylinder, but I'm upset that there is no manual transmission available. Seems like companies will give you 2 out of 3 when it comes to AWD, Turbo, and manual transmissions. If you get AWD and a manual trans, they are too scared to give it any power and remove the turbo. If you get AWD and a turbo, they are too scared to give you the manual trans. If you get the Turbo and a manual trans, they are too scared to give you proper AWD. If you somehow get all of the above, it's usually again crippled by weighing 4000lbs or more. Yet another reason I'm glad *someone* offers 4 wheel drive, a turbo, and manual transmission here in the US. I payed dearly for my beloved Lancer Evolution IX. I've yet to drive a better performing car under $80,000. Thank you Mitsubishi and Suburu for building the only cars that seems to possess all the traits we seek. It seems like once you get AWD, they drop the manual. For in I put my money where my mouth is and dropped coin for a Lancer Evolution IX 5spd.
        simianspeedster
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Would an A4 Quattro fit your bill? Turbo? Check AWD? Check Manual? Check
        hobbesfanmaster
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Would a 9-3 fit the bill? Turbo?-check AWD?-check Manual?-check Cheaper and cooler than the Audi?-check
          hobbesfanmaster
          • 3 Years Ago
          @hobbesfanmaster
          Right. Is that why the 9-3 is the volume seller for Saab? As I said, it's not that Saab isn't on people's radars, it's that most buyers aren't enthusiasts, and therefore don't know that Saab even exists. Oh, and the Phoenix platform, Saab's new one, is based quite loosely on Epsilon I, and that one of the technologies used in it was described by the Swedish site ttela.se as "one of the biggest technological breakthroughs of recent decades." And if you follow Saab at all, you'd know that Swedish newspapers are very kind AT ALL to Saab.
          hobbesfanmaster
          • 3 Years Ago
          @hobbesfanmaster
          Saab has already lowered their break-even point. If they reach that point, they'll do fine, even by selling miniscule amounts of vehicles. Losses were projected for 2010 and 2011 by Spyker even when they bought Saab from GM, so this year is no surprise to me. They have 3 very large deals lined up with Vladimir Antonov to invest in Saab, Pang Da and Youngman, and to sell the Spyker Cars branch to raise capital.
          ryanonsrc
          • 3 Years Ago
          @hobbesfanmaster
          A Saab is marketed is being non-mainstream (which I think is a very solid selling point ... that I admit could be stressed more strongly). Sure, I could just follow the crowd and buy a BMW or Audi (which are the Honda's and Toyotas of the San Francisco Bay Area, where I live), but the status quo is just too boring.
          simianspeedster
          • 3 Years Ago
          @hobbesfanmaster
          Cooler? Hahahaha If a 9-3 so cool, why isn't anyone buying them? Oh, that's right: because it's basically a 10 year old GM product that has changed little since 2002. It was somewhat competitive when it was released but it's a dinosaur today. Maybe you're saying it's cool because it's retro? Every other car that used the original 2002 Epsilon chassis has been cancelled or has moved to Epsilon II...except the lowly 9-3.
          simianspeedster
          • 3 Years Ago
          @hobbesfanmaster
          But wait -- you said it was cooler. That measn people should want it, right? Minis are considered cool, so people are buying them. So why not the 9-3? You're arguments are desperate and all over the map. I'm sure the CEO of Saab wants their cars to be cool above all else...even if that means no one buys them. Solid business strategy!
          simianspeedster
          • 3 Years Ago
          @hobbesfanmaster
          There aren't enough "I want to be different" buyers like you to sustain a mainstream brand in the U.S. You guys keep coming back to "Saab is different, so that's good." No, it's not. I can assure you that Saab wishes they were Audi and BMW right now. Different is not good if it's putting you out of business.
        AcidTonic
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Oops left an earlier sentence in there by accident. Love the lack of an "edit" button. Disregard this line: "It seems like once you get AWD, they drop the manual. For in"
          hobbesfanmaster
          • 3 Years Ago
          @AcidTonic
          Just be happy that the sedan comes with a manual option.
      Dvanos
      • 3 Years Ago
      This model looks like a winner but I think SAAB's financial troubles will scary customers away.
        simianspeedster
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dvanos
        They already are. Have you seen Saab's sales figures for 2011? They sold just over 3,000 cars in the US in the first 5 monhs of the year, so they're probably on pace to sell 6,000 total given the current halt in production. And thise they are selling are going out the door at firesale proces, so they can' be making any real money. It's simple: no volume, no profit margin, no company.
          hobbesfanmaster
          • 3 Years Ago
          @simianspeedster
          Simian- You're obviously forgetting the order bank for Trollhattan: over 10,000 cars, according to Saab. That number has increased since production was stopped. The 9-5 is not a failure. People that drive it, love it. Saab knew there was a limited market for such a car in the first place, and here, about half of the sales for the 9-5 are wagons, which is coming out this winter. Saab's orders consist of a lot of 9-5 SC orders, too... Get it through your thick skull that there's potential for the Saab brand, even under current management.
          ryanonsrc
          • 3 Years Ago
          @simianspeedster
          With all do respect, this strike me as shallow descriptions of vehicles that could be easily ascertained by anyone pouring over released specs and sales data. The are a great deal of complex attributes that make a car desirable or not, which can get overwhelming if you attempt to quantify them all. This is why magazines like "Car and Driver" has such a wide audience, as they perform reviews based on subjective and difficult-to-quantify attributes. Hence, I have to concur with hobbesfanmaster in that this is very much about lack of awareness: a level of awareness that can only be achieved by actually *driving* a Saab. Everyone I know who has a Saab is very passionate about their car. I have not seen the same attitude with BMW, Audi or Lexus owners (and I know quite a few that own each). I would argue that the things that folks at Saab need to work on would be their advertising. Having test-driven a Saab before, within seconds, It became apparent to me what all the fuss is about. So, don't try to tell me that you can arrive to a contrary conclusion without actually driving one first.
          hobbesfanmaster
          • 3 Years Ago
          @simianspeedster
          Muller has kept Spyker alive since 199, and never turned a profit. They're still here, though, and making new products. People thought that Saab died with other brands in GM's restructuring. In other words, they were only aware of Saab's older financial issues. There's been a deal a day for the past three days to keep Saab alive, unions have withdrawn their threat of bankruptcy, and Saab is about 25 million euros away from repaying suppliers and restarting production. Besides, the Chinese have invested over 58 million euros into Saab, and are about to put in another 255 million. They're not idiots; they're clever and industrious, and if they didn't believe in Saab, they wouldn't have invested. And the 9-3 doesn't have any car to compete with! It's cheaper than the 3-series and A4, because it's just barely sub-luxury, and meant to be that way. That's the Saab brand! And considering that Aftonbladet called the 9-4X "the best Saab ever built," you're wrong. I've visited dealers, and they've had a lot of interest in the 9-4X.
          hobbesfanmaster
          • 3 Years Ago
          @simianspeedster
          simian-there's a lack of inventory in the states. Other Saab dealerships can stay sustained because most of them have other franchises, too. They stay on because unlike some people, they've experienced the brand and believe it can and WILL survive.
          ryanonsrc
          • 3 Years Ago
          @simianspeedster
          I'm only blowing off the Porsche comparison because they are more profitable than *anyone*. None of us is arguing that Saab is more successful than Porsche. That would be retarded. What we *are* arguing is that the Saab brand has some serious value, and while they are in a rough patch right now. Once things start to look up and the economy stops tanking, they will start the climb back up.
          simianspeedster
          • 3 Years Ago
          @simianspeedster
          You can't blow off the Porche comparison because they are profitable -- there' not logic in that. As GM has proven many times in the past, sales do not equate to profit. Porsche is a niche manufacturer who grew their business by adding mainstream models just like Saab is trying to do today, except Saab is failing. The 9-5 is a sales disaster -- Saab has sold only a few hundred 9-5s in the US in 2011. If you can't swallow the truth, try this simple fact: Saab has about 200 dealers in the U.S and they sold 323 cars in June 2011. That's an average of about 1.6 cars sold per dealer per month. That is the definition of brand death. How many dealers can survive on a sales volume of roughly 20 cars per year, especially when they're giving the cars away to begin with?
          simianspeedster
          • 3 Years Ago
          @simianspeedster
          Hobbes, Are you suggesting that Saab isn't selling cars in the because they have a waiting list for buyers? Saab buyers are just waiting for cars, otherwise they'd be selling lots of them? That's complete BS!!! Here's the inventory for my local Saab dealer: http://www.symessaab.com/VehicleSearchResults?search=new&make=Saab Notice that there are 10 (!!!) 9-5s ready to sell, but 8 of them sticker for over $50K and 8 of them have the turbo 4 engine. There are not selling. get it through your head. The 9-5 is an expensive failure in the U.S. About 200 Saab dealers in the US sold 323 cars in June, 2011. Inventory is not the issue.
          hobbesfanmaster
          • 3 Years Ago
          @simianspeedster
          It's a lack of awareness in te first place that's doing them in. AND, until April 2010, the factory was shut down. This year, they're on track to sell nearly double the volume of last year.
      StreetsideStig
      • 3 Years Ago
      At this point, Saab, being less awesome isn't going to help. Adding "Sport" to the name but refusing a manual option severely diminishes the awesome. Give it a proper manual, and give Subaru a fight. Otherwise, well done.
        artandcolour2010
        • 3 Years Ago
        @StreetsideStig
        Subaru? These Saabs are a good $20,000 more than a Subie. The Saab dealer in my town used to be a Saab/Subaru dealer, so they could sell low-end and higher-end cars. People rarely cross-shopped Saabs and Subarus, and they won't be with this model either.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Alex740
        • 3 Years Ago
        The TSX's design will not age nearly as well as the 9-5, IMO the 9-5 is far better looking. It also has AWD, more features, and a better interior than the TSX. And the 9-5 is not as much fun to drive because it's the size of an RL while the TSX is the size of a 9-3, I'd definitely get a TSX over the aging 9-3 though.
        WooDz
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sorry Brian but how do you know the TSX is better... Have you driven the new 9-5 Wagon..... Hmmm didn't think so..
        mathiaswegner
        • 3 Years Ago
        What happened to your eyes? Did it hurt? Sorry, dude. I hope they get better.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        4 String
        • 3 Years Ago
        Dan Frederiksen's logic is pretty unsound, and your arguments always come off as pretentious at best. Do the world a favor and stop being a wannabe logician.
          4 String
          • 3 Years Ago
          @4 String
          And throwing around correlation without knowing what it even means.
      Jefferson Starship
      • 3 Years Ago
      **** GM! LONG LIVE SPYKER-SAAB! THE NEW GM: STILL THE SAME OLD TRASH. ANY FAULTS IN THIS BUICK, OPPS I MEAN 9-5 CAN BE POINTED TO GM. GM RUINED SAAB THE SAME WAY THEY RUIN EVERYTHING ELSE THEY TOUCH: SUZUKI, DAEWOO, ISUZU, SAAB TO NAME A FEW. JUST GO OUT OF BUSINESS GM. NO ONE WANTS YOUR TRASH AND STOP TAKING TAXPAYER MONEY AND INVESTING IT ALL IN CHINA! WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE?
      SpikedLemon
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't see the value. But I've always questioned Saab's styling and value proposition. A VW Golf Wagon (err... Jetta Sportwagen for the USA) represents better value (admittedly w/o AWD ... but w/ optional diesel and manual transmission) If you want the premium badging: the Audi A4 Avant looks far more slick for similar coin.
        WooDz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SpikedLemon
        Both of which are smaller than this 9-5 Wagon
        Philthy_PA
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SpikedLemon
        The 9-5 is comparable to the A6, not the A4. And the VW is not worthy of discussion here.
        hobbesfanmaster
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SpikedLemon
        Even though the 9-5 is eight inches longer than the A6, and 2 inches smaller than a 7-series...
      air8271
      • 3 Years Ago
      Incredibly beautiful. I own a 2011 9-5 sedan, and should this come with a manual transmission in the future, it will be my next vehicle. The way in which Mr. Muller has raised funds is unreal. Perhaps his next job could be something along the lines of the next Greek financial minister. Bravo to Mr. Muller and the people at Saab. Keep up the great work.
      stecki3d
      • 3 Years Ago
      i love wagons, and this just keeps me in love with them...
      Darnell Robeson
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car is so attractive looking, but they really should bring back those slick 5 door models they used to sell
      Shiftright
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm a big Saab fan and a former '90 900S owner, but just yesterday I was at a Saab / Cadillac dealer and as handsome as the 9-5 is, it's poor value compared to the CTS on the same lot: $37k for a 270 hp V6 Caddy or $47k for a 2.0 Turbo 4 9-5. The Saab has more interior room, but the interior is not very inviting and I'm betting the Caddy drives better. I think Saab is shooting itself in the foot with their pricing.
        SingingElectricTunes
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Shiftright
        Where did you get your pricing info? MSRP on the Turbo4 model is 37k... true value is closer to less than 35k... which is the cost of a Hyundai Genesis. You're tripping, man.
        Philthy_PA
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Shiftright
        The 9-5 4cyl starts at $38,525.
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