Saab 9-5 Combis of different colors

Hey all.

I’ve spent the morning having my mind blown to pieces looking at some electrical integration setups that are used for testing cars, and testing changes to cars (from the electronics point of view). More on that later.

Whilst exiting the building, I was confronted by a number of Saab 9-5 SportCombis in different colors, a few of which I hadn’t personally seen before. I thought you might like to see them as well.

This is Carbon Grey…..

Many of you would have seen Laser Red already. This one’s a Linear model…..

And here’s Java Brown Metallic, in Aero Trim…..

The tailgate differences between the US and Europe should hopefully be visible in this image…..

And a simple, nice, face to face…..

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31 Comments

  1. Swade, is the 95SC in full production now? They mentioned that at SU the other day. Is that something that you can confirm? Was`nt the SC planned to go into production in august?
    I´m eagerly waiting for my white 190 TTiD 🙂

    1. There are indeed a few SC’s on the line, but I don’t think they’re serial production cars for customers.  First ones are for internal use for press drives, photos shoots, etc.

  2. Yesssss!! My wife looked at the picture of the Carbon Grey one, and uttered a simple phrase: “Super Cool”.  I guess that’s it then!

    Thanks for sharing the pictures Steven!

    1. It’ll be due to some US regulations – although I am not familiar enough with the 9-5 wagon to determine which is which. I’m hoping the US one is the one that looks like it has part of the bumper built into it, because as a potential owner in Europe, the last thing I want is  a car that requires a new tailgate if it gets a slight knock, or you nudge a lampost. (99s had the best bumpers…)

  3. A really cool car that looks like no other wagon on the market. 
    I hope SAAB will sell a lot of them – each one an ambassador of the New SAAB. 
    Plus, I like the European tailgate design a lot better!

  4. This is what I have missed at the dealers when purchasing a new car at 300-600.000 SEK!
    Pictures of the car in different colors. B-)

    You are making the final decision, COLOR. Often the dealer haven´t got the car in the flesh in all the different colors it is offered. You are then offered some tiny Dinkey Toys-like cars in the different colors to make your choise upon.
    ……..
    If only the dealers had big nice posters/photos like you have shown us here. Like a Portfolio.
    Maybe the car in a bit more sellier environment. 😉

    People then often say that a photos color may be misleading due to printing technique, anyway its much better then the cgi-colors on the “build-your-car” or the Dinkey-Toys-cars. :-/
    🙂

  5. Just the looks of the Java Brown metallic…..{sigh}.
    I think it’s the nicest and most distinctive colour you can get for your Saab.

  6. LOVE the grey one!! this colour looks a bit like the Odoardo grey Saab had in the ’80s. fully options, please! (but that can only happen when i get a shipload of money. till then i’ll manage with my 9kCDGriffin and 9kCC)

  7. It’ll be due to some US regulations – although I am not familiar enough with the 9-5 wagon to determine which is which. I’m hoping the US one is the one that looks like it has part of the bumper built into it, because as a potential owner in Europe, the last thing I want is  a car that requires a new tailgate if it gets a slight knock, or you nudge a lampost. (99s had the best bumpers…)

    1. i think the one on the left (the grey one) is the US-version, because US-license plates are square. i can’t imagine a US-plate fitted nicely on the black one…

    2. Fortunately on the European version of the 9-5 SportCombi, the lower part of the tailgate (below the LED bar) is made out of plastic and can be replaced separately if I have understood it correctly. 🙂

      1. Hi Steven

        I was thinking on the overall colour of the car to be yellow, like in the past. I hope that SAAB will bring out a very different colour, than the German cars.

        I think the new design of the SAAB 9-5 is a very nice, and it is so nice that a friend wants to change his BMW (His is a BM-fan) to a SAAB 9-5….. Good work…..

        Regards

        A owner of a SAAB 9-3 1999, B204L 325.930 km and counting…

        PS..

        Please bring back the hatch-back……..

  8. Seriously, Saab has to address the front turning lights on the 9-5, why are they so 1980’s yellow? Such a beautiful car otherwise.

  9. Swade,
    Great commentary/photos – well done. Do you know whether AUS will get the Euro-spec 95 wagon and is there any chance of a XWD 95 or will that be the preserve of the upcoming 94x?

    1. Hi Geoff,

      I haven’t seen the Aussie specs for the 9-5 wagon as yet, but Saab Australia is bringing in well equipped versions of everything it sells, so I’d be surprised if XWD wasn’t available (if there was any doubt, it may be that it doesn’t come initially, but I’d expect it at some stage soon thereafter).  Note that XWD is available only on the Aero sedan, which may be the case with the wagon as well.  Specs should be out relatively soon.

  10. Very nice pictures, I especially like the first one with the Carbon Grey 9-5, but I hope to see Sky Blue also on the 9-5 and not only on the 9-3. 🙂

  11. I’d love to see the Java as a non-metallic color. I think that would look very sharp on the 9-5, as well as perhaps a slightly lighter brown. Very Saab-y.

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