CAR Magazine out of the UK has published an article with a whole bucketload of news, reportedly about the next Saab 9-5. They even have a photo there of a supposed 9-5 mule. I hope it is just a mule as it looks quite plain.
OK, to the news. This is all to be confirmed, but quite exciting if true.
Saab 9-5 and Performance Assist.
CAR are saying that the 9-5 will feature a system called Performance Assist (PA), which is perhaps the first application of some of the technology developed on the Saab BioPower Convertible Hybrid. The PA system (OK, bad acronym) comprises electric motors that will eliminate any turbo lag and even allow for short-term electric propulsion.
The 9-5 will be sitting on an extended Epsilon platform, which gets a whole section of the article on it’s own. The platform will allow for extensions to both width and length so that models can be adequately differentiated. The Saab variants will get double wishbone suspension in front, for example, but it’ll be equally capable of taking Macpherson strut suspension as well. The rear will also cope with multiple axle setups.
Apparently the 9-4x will also have the PA system as an option.
In a claim that makes me worry about the entire story’s accuracy, however, they also claim that there’ll be a fold-down 3rd row of seating in the 9-4x. Saab people from all around the world have been looking at the 9-4x in the last month or so in Sweden and my sources tell me that a 3rd row was not going to happen.
It’ll be a part-time 4WD vehicle styled like a 4-door coupe, according to CAR. Djup Strupe’s sightings indicate that various illustrations so far have been fairly accurate on this.
In what could be the most exciting news if true, Saab are looking to get out their Sonett badge again for a small-ish roadster type thing that will be called a 9-2S (for Sonett).
This is the first we’ve heard of this, but one source has mentioned to me that Saab (or GM Europe) have a patent that covers a total reinvention of the Convertible concept. Could this be that car?
There’s a lot of news here.
One would assume that if the 9-4x is going to have this Performance Assist system as an option then it would actually be debuting the system as that vehicle is expected for release before the 9-5. Unless, of course, they add it later as an enhancement in the 2nd or 3rd year.
The job now rests with Djup Strupe. This stuff is all quite new and as yet, unconfirmed. If you can confirm on deny any of this info from CAR Magazine, then here’s how to get in touch with me.