Saab dealers will get their hands on the new 9-5 model for the first time in 12 years when it arrives in showrooms next year.
A smoother and more rounded exterior styling was inspired by Saab’s Aero-X concept and the introduction of new product will reassure dealers and consumers alike that delays over the sale of the Swedish brand has not stalled its development.
The new 9-5 will feature an aircraft inspired heads-up display, adaptive cruise control, adaptive chassis, parking assistance and all-wheel drive system. Saab has confirmed there will be a choice of 2.0-litre turbo, 2.8V6 petrol and 2.0-litre turbo engines. A 1.6-litre 180bhp and 2.0-litre BioPower E85 engine will be introduced after launch. All engines will come with a six-speed transmission.
No word on what prices are expected to be yet but the outgoing model starts at £19,580.
Sports carmaker Koenigsegg has struck a preliminary deal with former bidder Beijing Automotive Industry Holdings (BAIC) to help financially back a deal to acquire Saab from General Motors.
BAIC will become a minority shareholder under the deal which is now expected to go through before the end of October.
Standard equipment includes: a keyless start/stop button, electric park brake, six-way adjustable driver and passenger seats, dual zone climate control, leather steering wheel, information display, front seat squab storage pouches, steering wheel audio controls, adjustable front arm-rest, cruise control, ambient interior lighting and a nine-speaker audio system with a USB and 3.5mm AUX connection and a graphic information display.
The Aero trim adds an electric driver’s seat, heated front seats, extendable under-thigh support. The interior has a full colour information display and an ‘Aero’ embossed, flat bottomed sports steering wheel with a perforated leather grip.