Marking a new era for Swedish firm Saab is the official launching of its new flagship 9-5 saloon, which the company claims will be the most technologically advanced car it has ever produced. Set to go on sale next year, the car also boasts to have "progressive Scandinavian design, sporty driving and responsible performance."
Inspiration for the car's styling comes from the Aero X concept car as well as from its aviation heritage. The car has a low, muscular stance and a dramatically styled wraparound glasshouse. The windshield and roof were inspired by its classic 900 model.
Simon Padian, Saab brand design chief, said the company is opting for a "fresh, very modern expression" to some of its classic brand design cues. It has visual themes found in recent concept cars, such as the Aero X, which are inspired by Scandinavian design and the brand's aircraft heritage.
"High-tech" features on the new 9-5 include an aviation-inspired head up information display, Bi-Xenon high beam adaptive headlights, adaptive cruise control, dual-zone climate control and keyless entry and starting.
Also featured is Saab's DriveSense adaptive chassis, which has real-time damping control. All engines in the range are turbocharged.
Three fuel types are offered -- petrol, diesel and E85 bio ethanol. It's speculated that the biggest seller is likely to be the 2.0 TiD, which produces 158bhp and 258lb ft of torque and has combined fuel economy of 53.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 139g/km. It allows the car to go from 0-62mph in 10.1 secs while top speed is 134mph.
The 1.6T petrol unit produces 178bhp and 170lb ft of torque and has CO2 emissions of 179g/km and combined fuel economy of 37.1mpg. While the 2.0T unit is available in both petrol and bio ethanol form, Saab has only released figures for when it runs on petrol. It produces 217bhp, 258lb ft of torque, has CO2 emissions of 198g/km and combined fuel economy of 33.6mpg.
The top of the range 2.8T petrol unit produces 296bhp and 295lb ft of torque, with CO2 emissions of 269g/km and combined fuel economy of 24.8mpg. Jan-Ake Jonsson, Saab's managing director, said that this car is the "start of a new era" for the brand. He added that Saab has created an "advanced and very distinctive product by leveraging the power of [its] roots in key areas."