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Spy Shot: Saab 9-5

Saab’s new 9-5 continues testing as the Swedish car maker continues to fight for its survival.

These latest spy photos, taken at the Nurburgring circuit in Germany, are proof Saab does finally have the new product for which its dealers are clamouring.

It is due to be shown in September at Frankfurt Motor Show, ahead of a showroom launch in winter.

The 9-5 is finally brought kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

Our latest spy photos confirm a more low-slung style, with an especially noticeable fastback rear screen (a touring estate will also be offered later in 2010).

We’ve previously reported how the wheelbase is said to be stretched by around 14cm to create extra cabin room compared with today’s 12-year-old 9-5.

The current 9-5’s geriatric appearance is symbolic of GM’s mismanagement of Saab; new product has been scarce under GM’s stewardship, with the occasional ill-conceived short-cut such as the ‘Saabaru’ and model refreshes rather than new launches of substance.

GM might have turned its back on Saab, but this car was engineered under its watch – so the global Epsilon II architecture underpins the new 9-5.

That means a similar engineering set-up to the Vauxhall Insignia, with the option of front- or four-wheel drive and the likelihood of turbocharged Aero models.

Downsized, four-cylinder turbo engines form the backbone of the engine line-up and – this is cuddly, enviro-conscious Saab, don’t forget – eco-friendly E85 biofuels will be available.

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