As well as the last lot of pics, (click here or just scroll down), here’s the latest from Saab:
New Saab 9-5 Range: Progressive Design and Enhanced Driver Appeal
The new Saab 9-5 Sedan and SportEstate range will be revealed at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
Building on the Saab’s core values of progressive design and sporty driver involvement, the new 9-5 incorporates new styling and improved handling characteristics.
It features all-new front bodywork, with a bold new ‘face’ inspired by the Saab 9X concept car and a fresh interior that includes an updated dash and trim.
Excellent chassis dynamics have been further refined, giving the driver even closer control with faster, more direct responses for sportier handling characteristics without compromising ride quality and refinement.
Under the bonnet, the Saab 9-5 is available in a unique range of engine choices – petrol, diesel and ethanol. The all-turbo line-up includes:
* a new diesel engine available in Europe,
* a Saab BioPower engine that can run on any mixture of ethanol (E85) * fuel and gasoline for the Swedish market, and
* increased power for the top-of-the-range Aero model.
Overall, the muscular visual impact of the new 9-5 Sedan and SportEstate reflects the enhancements under the bodywork.
The refinements to Saab’s flagship are designed to increase its appeal to customers who value modern, progressive design and a rewarding driving experience.
The new Saab 9-5 range is targeted for launch in Australia and New Zealand in the second quarter of next year.
OK. Earlier today I had posted what were supposed to be some interior pics. They were obtained from links on the official Saab press release, however it seems those links were dodgy. The interior shots were merely reproductions of the 9-3 SportCombi interior.
I wuz duped!
I’ve just checked the GM Media site again and these interior pics have been removed from the 2006 9-5 link.
I’ll be keeping an eye out and posting anything new that becomes available. I had become quite hopeful that they’d retained the rather distinct Saab interior as opposed to the interior we saw in the spyshots last month. It seems we may be in for some of that generic GM radio gear after all, but let’s wait and see. It’s not that the centre dash layout looks bad – it doesn’t at all in my opinion. It’s just that it may be quite commonplace among GM’s models, and that’s the bit that worries me.