Saab launches countdown site of the 2010 9-5 sedan

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 27, 2010

While the Saab 9-5 will be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, Saab has launched a countdown site informing fans that the actual official launch will be done in less than 3 days.

Many have been waiting for the new version of the Saab 9-5, the current model of which still has the same basic mechanical underpinnings as the 1997 model.

A redesigned model had been slated to be released last year but it was pushed back due to limited resources at Saab and the introduction of the facelifted 9-3, not to mention the company's ownership issues.

Last July, several leaked images made their way online, showing a clear resurgence of Saab's past design traits married to a modern, sleek profile.

Saab Design Chief Simon Padian will display the model. Under the hood will be a heavily revised version of GM's FWD Epsilon II platform, which is also shared by Opel for its new Insignia range.

To differentiate Saab as a premium product, engineers provided a stiffer suspension set-up, a new steering rack and a different range of electronics.

The car's wheelbase will stretch 9.3 feet, which is up 5.5 inches on the current model, and the overall length will stretch just over 16 feet. Engine options will include a range of four-cylinder petrol and turbodiesel units including a biofuel model.

Also in the works is an AWD flagship model with a turbocharged petrol V-6 displacing 3.6-liters and developing upwards of 350 horsepower.

Other engines will include a 210-horsepower 2.0-liter unit and mid-level 2.8-liter V-6. A petrol-electric hybrid model is also expected. Saab's sale by GM to Swedish supercar maker Koenigsegg was announced early this week.

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