There’s been a few more spyshots floating around in anticipation of the facelifted 9-5, which is scheduled for unveiling at the Frankfurt motor show in September.
In chronological order, here’s what we’ve seen so far:
These two were the first images seen, and were let loose a few months ago. Apparently they were cameraphone pics taken on the assembly line and then published in a magazine (I don’t know which one).
Interestingly, the rear lights pictured don’t feature in the latest shots (below). Also, there’s no reverse lights or indicators in the light cluster.
The front-end shot didn’t cause much of a stir at the time, but the following shot certainly did, as it showed that the three-hole grill may be losing it’s place as a definite Saab identifier.
Photo: Hans G Lehmann
Theories have suggested that the white car above has been photoshopped to make it look more like the top photos. The 3-slat grille at the base and fuzzy headlights certainly do look a little suspect to me. One enterprising SC’er even went to the trouble of tracing the registration number and found the following:
WTR 271 is owned by “Saab Automobile Aktiebolag. Trollhattan”
Purchased: April 26, 2005
Registered: April 27, 2005
First used: April 28, 2005
model year: 2005
The car is actually listed as a “Test car. Vehicle may be used in traffic according to exceptions granted by VVFS 1994:5”
This now leaves us with the latest supposed spyshots, sourced from Autoweek.
Unfortunately these are a little small. The front grille area looks different again (are those vertical slats on the main grille?) and the headlights look waaaaay too small. The rear treatment looks almost consistent with the current model 9-5.
All these differences would lead me to think that there’s a few test mules out there with different panel setups just to keep us all guessing. The other logical path is that there’s a bit of photoshopping going on with these as well. Certainly not out of the question.
Some other 9-5 thoughts to bear in mind:
– The car is to get a re-trimmed interior.
– The V6 will also be offered and possibly retuned a little hotter than the 9-3.
All will be revealed in Frankfurt I guess, but it’s fun to speculate.