Pricing information for Saab's all-new 9-5 saloon has been announced. The company is already accepting orders for the model, which is set to arrive in UK showrooms this summer. Prices start at GBP26,495 for the entry-level 163bhp 2.0 TiD diesel model. Saab started production of the 9-5 at Saab's Trollhattan HQ on March 23.
These are the first vehicles to be assembled under independent ownership after GM bought a controlling share in Saab in 1989. At the initial 9-5 launch program, two trim levels (Vector SE and Aero) are featured. Saab stated that the 163bhp 2.0TiD (priced at GBP26,495) and the 216bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol model (GBP28,195) are immediately available.
But in Aero trim, only two petrol-engined models are immediately available -- a 216bhp 2.0-litre turbo (GBP31,195) and a 294bhp 2.8-litre V6 turbo (GBP37,995), which also gets Saab's torque-vectoring all wheel drive set-up.
Meanwhile, the three new '2011 model' versions of the 9-5 can be ordered in the summer and be delivered in the autumn. In Vector SE trim, a 196bhp 2.0 TTiD twin-turbo diesel model is offered in both GBP28,495 Vector SE trim and GBP31,495 Aero versions.
The 2011 model that had gotten the most interest is the GBP26,695 176bhp 1.6-liter turbo petrol 9-5, said to be "carrying forward Saab's rightsizing engine strategy."
The Vector SE trim level offers many features: leather/textile trim, front and rear park assist, rain-sensing wipers, 17in alloys, electronic climate control, cruise control, Bluetooth, auto-dimming rear view mirror, ipod integration, heated front seats and push-button starting.
With an Aero specification, Saab adds sports chassis tuning, 19in wheels, specific "Aero" front and rear bumpers, twin tailpipes, bi-xenon headlights, electric leather sports seats, alloy pedals.
Buyers may opt for any of the following: an automatic gearbox, head-Up display, adaptive bi-xenon lights, a Harman Kardon audio system, DAB radio, adaptive cruise control and keyless entry. Prices for the auto box have not been announced.