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All-new Saab 9-5 sedan world première
At the 2009 IAA auto show in Frankfurt

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All-new Saab 9-5 sedan: front view.

All-new 9-5: the most technically advanced Saab.

02 Sep. 2009 - Swedish car maker Saab Automobile AB will present the new generation of it premium saloon (sedan), the all-new Saab 9-5 at the 2009 IAA Frankfurt International Motor Show (17-27 September), before it goes on sale next year.

The Swedish premium brand describes its new model as the "most technically advanced Saab" ever made, thanks to a wide range of ‘high-tech’ features.

All-new Saab 9-5 sedan: side / rear view (3/4).

Dynamic character: falling roof-line with sweeping rear pillars.

The new model signals even the dawn of a new era for the Saab brand, after General Motors agreed recently to sell it to the Swedish niche sports car maker Koenigsegg Group AB (a consortium led by Koenigsegg Automotive AB).

In 1990, GM bought 50% of the Saab car division for US$600 million, when it was restructured into the "Saab Automobile AB" independent company. Ten years later, GM bought the remaining 50 percent stake in Saab for US$125 million. On 18 August 2009, the American group agreed to sell Saab Automobile AB to the Koenigsegg Group AB.

All-new Saab 9-5 preliminary engine specifications overview.

Today, Saab underlines the fact that the new 9-5 will be built at its home plant in Trollhättan, "where (the new 9-5) has been engineered and chiefly developed".

Saab’s new flagship is inspired by the Aero X concept car, featuring a sculpted shape in the Scandinavian design reputation for purity.

High-tech features will include (standard and optional lists will be available closer to launch dates next year) an aircraft-inspired head-up information display (HUD); adaptive headlights (Bi-Xenon Smart Beam); adaptive cruise control; Saab DriveSense adaptive chassis with real-time damping control; keyless entry and engine start / stop; dual-zone climate control; dynamic parking assistance, and Saab XWD with eLSD all-wheel-drive system.

All-new Saab 9-5 sedan: back view.

All engines will feature turbocharging technology.

“We are giving a fresh, very modern expression to some of our classic brand design cues,” says Simon Padian, Saab Brand Design Chief. “We have visual themes found in our recent concept cars, such as the Aero X, which are inspired by Scandinavian design and our brand’s aircraft heritage.”

The face of the new 9-5 is defined by a deep grille flanked with curving, ice-block headlamp units. Brand design cues are noticeable in the ‘hockey stick’ belt-line, the strong rear C-pillars and the what Saab describes as the fuselage-smooth surfacing of the bodywork.

The dynamic character is further emphasized by a falling roof-line that culminates in sweeping rear pillars that hold the slightly recessed rear screen.

All-new Saab 9-5 sedan: inside view (dashboard).

Echoing the exterior purity, the cabin features simple forms.

The new 9-5’s overall proportions stretch the traditional three-box saloon silhouette.

Echoing the design purity of the exterior, the cabin also features simple forms (see the opposite picture).

Compared to its predecessor, legroom and shoulder width are increased in the new 9-5, both front and rear.

All-new Saab 9-5 sedan: instruments and HUD (head-up display).

Optional head-up display (HUD).

The Saab tradition of driver-focused cockpit is reflected in the deep centre console sweeping up at a shallow angle around the driver, into the main instrument display, which is topped by a neat ventilation zone.

Deeply recessed main dials include a rolling ‘altimeter’ speed read-out (opposite photo), a reference to Saab’s aviation heritage from the Aero X concept.

Driver displays, including the optional head-up display (HUD) in the windscreen, are illuminated in signature Saab green and have a crisp, floating appearance. The car’s ignition, now a start/stop button, remains in the Saab tradition between the front seats, next to the gear shift.

All-new Saab 9-5 sedan: centre console with colour monitor.

Infotainment choices include a top-of-the-line Harman Kardon 5.1 channel surround sound audio system and an 8-inch colour touch screen navigation system.

Infotainment choices include a top-of-the-line Harman Kardon 5.1 channel surround sound audio system and an 8-inch colour touch screen navigation system with hard disk storage for map data and 10GB for MP3 music files.

A large centre console provides storage and connections for several portable devices through USB and 3.5mm AUX ports alongside a 12V power outlet.

Rear passengers can access their own audio or watch a DVD. The rear seat entertainment unit in the back of the centre console accommodates audio controls, with the folding viewing screens installed in the backs of the front seats. Wireless headphones are provided for listening and viewing.

All-new Saab 9-5 sedan: centre console with gear selector.

Interior with a crisp and floating appearance.

Saab says that the chassis technology is focused on delivering a sporty driving experience, especially with the Saab XWD all-wheel-drive system, already available on the Saab 9-3.

The XWD AWD system is offered at launch with the 2.0-litre turbo and 2.8 V6 turbo engines with further applications due in the future.

In chassis and chassis-related terms, available throughout the range will include adaptive chassis control, with driver settings selected through Saab DriveSense, as well as Bi-Xenon Smart Beam adaptive headlights and adaptive cruise control, which both complement the chassis adaptation to driving style and road conditions. Three different suspension layouts are fitted according to engine power and all are available with a sport chassis setting.

All engines will feature turbocharging technology, with the broadest line-up ever offered by Saab. It offers a choice of three fuels: petrol (gasoline), diesel and E85 bioethanol. With diesel power, the new 9-5 offers CO2 emissions of 139 g/km.

All-new Saab 9-5 sedan: illuminated door and windows opening controls.

The interior is illuminated in signature Saab green.

With three decades experience in turbocharging engines, Saab's all-turbo powertrain line-up in the new 9-5 further develops what Saab calls the "rightsizing engine strategy" (more power and torque from less displacement and lower consumption / emissions).

At launch, the four-cylinder diesel (see the Saab 9-5 preliminary engine specifications overview) comprises a 160 hp (118 kW, 158 bhp), 2.0-litre turbo engine with CO2 emissions of just 139g/km and the 2.0-litre petrol turbo engine which develops 220 hp (162 kW, 217 bhp).

A top-of-the-line 2.8 V6 turbo, generating a maximum output of 300 hp (221 kW, 296 bhp) and 400Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque at 2000 rpm, is offered exclusively with Saab XWD.

Shortly after launch, a 1.6-litre petrol turbo with 180 hp (132kW, 177 bhp) will be introduced, together with a 2.0-litre BioPower E85 engine. Manual and automatic transmissions will all be six-speed.

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