US pricing for 9-5 released

Saab 9-5Saab have released the US pricing details for the new, facelifted 9-5 Sedan and SportCombi.

The press release goes as follows:

Saab Announces Pricing for New 9-5 Sedan and SportCombi

Detroit, Mich. – Saab USA has released prices for the 2006 9-5 Sedan and SportCombi 5-door, which have received a comprehensive refresh for the new model year. The well-equipped 9-5 2.3T Sedan with 260 hp engine will go on sale in December with a base MSRP of $34,820, while the 2.3T SportCombi 5-door will be priced as of $35,820. Both prices include delivery charges.

The 2006 Saab 9-5 Sedan and SportCombi build on the brand’s core values of progressive design and sporty driver involvement by incorporating 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 look inside that includes an updated dashboard and interior trim.

Excellent chassis dynamics have been further refined to give the driver even closer control with faster, more direct responses for sportier handling characteristics. This has been achieved without compromising ride quality and refinement. Under the hood, the new range offers increased power, with 260 hp now available in all 2006 Saab 9-5 models.

“The 9-5 continues to be the flagship of the Saab car portfolio,” said Jay Spenchian, Saab USA general manager. “The simplified line-up, which offers significantly more equipment for even more attractive prices, is yet another clear example of Saab’s excellent value promise in the highly competitive premium car segment. Together with the bolder styling and increased refinement throughout the vehicle, this will allow the 9-5 to keep playing a very important role in Saab USA ’s strategy to grow sales and profitability.”

The standard equipment of the 2006 Saab 9-5 reflects a ‘blending’ of the former Arc and Aero models into one single version: the 9-5 2.3T. The $34,820 starting MSRP of the 2006 9-5 Sedan reflects a decrease of $2,150 versus the 9-5 Arc in 2005. On a comparably equipped basis there is even an even larger decrease of $3,545.

The starting MSRP of the 2006 9-5 SportCombi is $35,820, a decrease of $1,950 versus the 2005 Arc, and on a comparably equipped basis there is a decrease of $3,345.

The 2006 Saab 9-5 sedan and SportCombi feature all the standard equipment found on the 2005 Arc model (moonroof, leather, front heated seats, etc.) plus the following:

The 2.3T engine now has 260 hp, increased from 250 hp in the 2005 9-5 Aero
New 17" x 7.5" twin 5-spoke alloy wheels on 235/45X17 Pirelli all-season tires
Memory for driver’s seat and outside mirrors
Heated rear seat
Harman-Kardon tuned audio system
6-CD in-dash changer
XM Satellite radio
Auxiliary audio input jack
Body color-matched door handles and moldings.
Sport leather steering wheel with metallic button surrounds
Auto-dimming mirror with garage door opener and compass.
Option packages:

Visibility Package for $1,295. This package includes; xenon headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, rear park assist and auto-dimming outer mirrors.
Sport Package for $1,095. This package includes sport seats, lowered sport chassis and new tinted chrome interior trim on the instrument panel and doors.
Regular options:

5-speed Sentronic automatic transmission for $1350
Metallic paint for $550
Navigation for $2795
Ventilated sport seats for $995
OnStar for $699
Roof rails on SportCombi for $250

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  1. The prices would be more impressive without the hefty surcharge for the automatic transmission, $1350 for an “option” present on 95% of the 9-5’s sold in the US.

    If you want an automatic Aero equivalent, add $1350 for the auto and 1095 for the Sport package, and you’re at a total of $37,265 for the sedan and $38,265 for the wagon. I realize that’s down from 40k+ from last year, but these cars compete at 35k, not at 38k.

    You would think that GM/Saab has amortized the development costs of the 9-5 by now, and they could still make money even with a bigger price drop.

  2. Saab in black??? Not in US, keep dreamin. Ya need
    12 good months, not 2.5. Dzlsabe still not understanding the logic of the V6T crammed into the 93 but na in the 5 and the 2.3T’s better specs all around. Oh and the diesel NA in NA thing. TwoCentsWorth…Carl, Jan get some sharp
    Swedes or Brits over here as the “Caddyslackers” haven’t a clue. And GM, get the hell out of Detroit as no renaissance is possible on your dreary bit of urban blight. Oshawa has a much better view.

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