These three cgi’s are impressions of a possible new Saab 9-5.
Let me stress this point in big bold letters – THESE ARE NOT OFFICIAL AND ARE ONLY A FAN’S IMPRESSIONS.
I’ll keep the artist’s identity anonymous as he is connected with GM, but not in a design capacity. He is, however, a real Saab fan as well as an employee. Just the kind of guy you’d want to have on your team.
So, for what it’s worth, here’s his impressions on a possible 9-5. I’ve also included his thoughts on possible powertrains as he’s got a good insight into what the market may be feeling.
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And a blue version…..
And now for his drivetrain thoughts. I’ll let his words explain what might be some unexpected configurations. I like all of what I see here, as I too believe that Saab do need to take a more offensive stance.
With AWD opening the performance gate this will allow Saab to start competing directly with Audi.
I do expect to see the 9-5 with a V8 at some point. You are always going to get certain people saying that Saab is about I-4s and that even a V6 is out of sync with Saab. If Porsche remained hard lined there would be no Cayenne and Porsche would
be losing customers. Which is exactly what Saab is doing right now.
But what I believe is that Saab can have a V8 that has the power of a V10
and the economy of a V6. That combination would certainly fall in line with the Saab philosophy.
My thoughts on power-train:
Naturally this will change for certain markets because for example the US won’t understand small engines with low power output.
But for what it’s worth
2.0lpt I-4 – Direct Injection (147kw/200hp) – FWD
2.0Turbo I-4 – Direct Injection (161kw/220hp) – FWD
2.8Turbo V-6 – Direct Ignition (190kw/260hp) – AWD
2.8Turbo V-6 – Direct Ignition (220kw/300hp) – AWD
3.6Bi-Turbo V-6 – Direct Injection (256kw/350hp)[Aero] – AWD – 6-Gear Auto
4.6Bi-Turbo V-8 – Direct Injection (337kw/460hp)[Griffin] – AWD – 7-Gear Sequential
1.9TiD I-4 – Multi-Jet (110kw/150hp) – FWD
2.4TID I-4 – Multi-Jet (129kw/175hp) – FWD
3.0TiD V-6 – Multi-Jet Bi-turbo (168kw/230hp) – AWD
So there you go.
The thoughts and efforts of a fan, but a fan with some inside insight into the marketplace.
Some very interesting stuff.