All-New Saab 9-5 Sedan: Start of a New Era for Saab

Written by Cheryl Tay on . Posted in Cheryl Tay News | Latest Industry News

  • Progressive Scandinavian design inspired by Aero X concept and Saab heritage
  • Engineered with driver in focus for segment-leading sporty driving experience
  • Excels in responsible performance for safety and environmental concern
  • Most technically advanced Saab with an array of “high-tech” features

Singapore, 4 January 2010 - The all new Saab 9-5 sedan signals the start of a new era for the Saab brand. Sleek, sophisticated and unmistakably Saab, it combines stand-out looks with advanced technologies and brings a fresh alternative choice to the premium sedan segment.

 

The clean, sculpted shape embraces the purity of Scandinavian design and its dramatic wraparound window graphic echoes Saab’s aviation heritage. With frontal styling inspired by the award-winning Aero X concept car and a muscular, low-slung stance, the new 9-5 heralds the introduction of a bold, more expressive design language.

 

The array of high-tech features on offer include: an aircraft-like head-up information display (Pilot HUD); adaptive lighting (Bi-Xenon Smart Beam); Saab DriveSense adaptive chassis with real-time damping control; keyless entry and starting; tri-zone air conditioning; dynamic parking assistance and Saab’s industry-leading all-wheel-drive system (XWD) the industry-leading all-wheel-drive system.

 

The all-turbo powertrain line-up available at 2.0 liters and carries forward Saab’s rightsizing engine strategy, which focuses on responsible performance through the development of highly efficient turbo engines.

 

“We are confident that the new Saab 9-5 has what it takes to compete successfully in the executive saloon segment,” says Ms Ong Layling, Managing Director of Trans Eurokars Pte Ltd. “Being the first of a series of new models that will be introduced, this new sedan will mark the beginning of the revival of the brand in Singapore.”

Forward-looking design that doesn’t ignore where it’s coming from – that sums up the visual appeal of the all-new Saab 9-5 sedan. The face of the new 9-5 is defined by a deep grille flanked with curving, ice-block headlamp units. The entire glasshouse is presented as a wraparound mono graphic, the disguised windshield and side pillars giving the cabin Saab’s signature cockpit look. Squint slightly, and the proportions of the windshield and roof become reminiscent of the classic 900 model.

Viewed from any angle, the all new 9-5 cuts a strong and powerful stance. The organic sculpture of the low-slung body blends clean, uncluttered lines with natural, curvaceous shapes. Brand design cues are evident in the hockey stick belt-line, the strong rear C-pillars and the fuselage-smooth surfacing of the bodywork. The large Saab logo embossed in the center of the grille characterizes the more assertive, self-confident design language.

The car’s dynamic character is emphasized by a falling roof-line that culminates in sweeping rear pillars which buttress a slightly recessed rear screen. Latent energy is conveyed by fenders that are subtly pulled out to melt into the wheels. Below that smooth, flat rear deck, a full-width, ice-block rear light bar wraps into signature lighting. The new 9-5′s overall proportions stretch the traditional three-box sedan silhouette, while avoiding the fastback clich of a four-door coupe look.

Driver-focused cabin

Inside the spacious cabin, simple forms define its architecture and echo the design purity of the exterior. Compared to its predecessor, legroom is increased both front and rear. The choice of materials, the fit and finish and the tactile quality of the controls all reflect the new 9-5′s premium appeal. The driver-focused cockpit is traditional Saab, while its execution is all new. The deep center console sweeps up at a shallow angle around the driver into the main instrument display, which is topped by a neat ventilation zone. Deeply recessed main dials include a rolling altimeter speed read-out, a reference to Saab’s aviation heritage from the Aero X concept. Driver displays, including the optional head-up display (Pilot HUD) in the windshield, are predominantly illuminated in signature Saab green and have a crisp, floating appearance. The car’s ignition, now a start/stop button, remains between the front seats, next to the gear shift. Infotainment choices include a top-of-the-line harman/kardon surround sound audio system and a large center console provides stowage and connections for several portable devices through USB and Aux ports alongside a 12V power outlet.

On the road

An array of chassis technologies is focused on delivering a sporty, rewarding driving experience that belies the 9-5′s size. Saab XWD, the industry-leading all-wheel-drive system, already available on the Saab 9-3, is offered with the 2.8 liter Aero. Available throughout the range is adaptive chassis control with driver settings selection through Saab DriveSense, Bi-Xenon Smart Beam adaptive lighting and intelligent cruise control. Three different suspension combinations are factory-fitted according to engine power and are also available with a sport chassis setting. Saab has some 30 years experience in turbo-charging engines and the all-turbo power-train line-up in the new 9-5 further develops Saab’s rightsizing engine strategy. At launch, a 2.0-liter gasoline turbo developing 220 hp is available. A top-of-the-line 2.8V6 turbo, generating 300 hp and 400 Nm of torque, is offered exclusively with Saab XWD. All transmissions are six-speed.

New era

Defined and equipped by Saab as its top-of-the-line contender in the premium sedan segment, the new 9-5 is the most technically advanced car ever produced by the company. It is being built at Saab’s home plant in Trollhättan, where it has been engineered and chiefly developed. Furthermore, as Saab Automobile’s only official distributor in Singapore, Eurokars Group of Companies continues to build on its commitment to Saab owners with the opening of a brand new service centre at 5, Ubi Close on 5th January 2011. The new 9-5 will be available in two specifications locally, the Saab 9-5 2.0 Vector (S$226,888*) and the Saab 9-5 2.8 V6 Aero (S$266,888*) the all new 9-5 heralds the start of a new era for Saab.

 

Scandinavian simplicity was never this advanced!

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