2010 Saab 9-5 passes factory crash test

Article by Christian A., on August 27, 2010

If you're in the market for a new vehicle and safety is a primary concern, you might want to check out the redesigned 2010 Saab 9-5 that will be relaunched under the ownership of Spyker Cars.

The new 9-5 has several safety enhancement features that have led it to achieve a maximum five-star EuroNCAP rating.

The new 9-5 is equipped with the comprehensive range of occupant safety systems that can be found in current Saab cars. It also has the upgraded third generation Saab Active Head Restraints (SAHR 3) as standard for the front seats.

Buyers may opt for their vehicle to have rear side airbags, together with pre-tensioning of the outer rear seatbelts. For enhanced safety, the 9-5 also features Bi-Xenon Smart Beam, TSR/LDW, Pilot HUD and adaptive cruise control.

ESC and rear LED brake lights as standard. The manufacturer claims that the model has been subjected to crash testing and computer simulations that are based on what takes place during real collisions on real roads.

Saab's specialists made use of the findings of a database that covers over 6,100 real-life accidents involving Saab cars on Swedish roads.

The Swedish company released a statement that the ultimate goal of its safety engineers is "protecting real people, not only dummies in laboratory crash tests."

Simon Padian, Saab Brand Design Chief, described the aesthetics of the all-new Saab 9-5 Sedan as a forward-looking design that doesn't ignore its origin. He remarked that that Saab gave a fresh, very modern expression to some of the brand’s classic design cues. He noted that visual themes in recent concept cars like the Aero X take inspiration from Scandinavian design and the brand's aircraft heritage.

Up front, the new Saab 9-5 is marked by a deep grille bordered on the sides by curving, ice-block headlamp units. Interestingly, the Saab presents the glasshouse of the 9-5 as a 'wraparound' mono graphic, with the disguised windshield and side pillars responsible for giving the cabin the brand’s signature cockpit appearance. Thanks to this unique yet elegant interplay of proportions, the roof and the windshield evoke a feel of the classic Saab 900.

The strong and powerful stance of the all-new Saab 9-5 is very apparent from any angle. For instance, the assertiveness of the vehicle’s design language is evident on the large Saab logo embossed in the center section of the grille. The new 9-5 features a low-slung body which organic sculpture is marked by natural, curvaceous shapes and clean, uncluttered lines. On the other hand, fuselage-smooth surfacing of the bodywork, the 'hockey stick' belt-line, the strong rear C-pillars are all design cues typical of the brand.

Meanwhile, the dynamic nature of the new Saab 9-5 is highlight by a falling roof-line that culminates in sweeping rear pillars supporting a slightly recessed rear screen. The subtly flared front wings blend into the wheels. The vehicle sports a full-width, ice-block rear light bar below its flat rear deck, wrapping into signature lighting.

Overall, the proportions of the new 9-5 stretch its traditional three-box saloon silhouette while steering clear of the fastback cliché of a four-door coupé appearance.

Inside, the new Saab 9-5 offers a spacious interior marked by simple forms. Both the front and rear cabins offer greater legroom and shoulder width. Interestingly, the 9-5 leads its class in terms of rear legroom. The interior also conveys premium character thanks to its fit and finish, the choice of materials, as well as and the tactile quality of the controls.

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