SAAB UNVEILS ALL-NEW SAAB 9-5 LUXURY SPORT SEDAN

Posted on 01. Jun, 1997 by in 1990-1999, 9-5

SAAB UNVEILS ALL-NEW SAAB 9-5 LUXURY SPORT SEDAN

World-first technologies showcased at European launch

TROLLHÄTTAN, Sweden – Sporting world-first safety and performance technologies and a lengthy list of new customer convenience features, the all-new Saab 9-5 today made its European debut at Saab Automobile AB world headquarters in Trollhättan, Sweden. The newest member of the Saab car family goes on sale in over 45 markets this fall, and arrives on North American shores in the Spring of 1998.

The Saab 9-5’s aerodynamic body has a drag coefficient of only 0.29, making it the sleekest production Saab ever. It combines a thoroughly sporty stance with distinctive Saab design cues, such as the trademark Saab swooping beltline and grille. The spacious 5-passenger sedan features larger rear leg room than even the ultra-roomy current Saab 9000.

New Engine Range
The engine options for the new Saab 9-5 have been developed under the Saab Ecopower concept, which combines multiple valves with advanced
turbocharging technology. This provides a unique combination of responsive performance, low exhaust emissions and high fuel efficiency.

A newly-developed 2.3L , four-cylinder, light pressure turbocharged (LPT) engine is lighter than Saab’s current 2.3L four and generates less internal friction,
improving fuel consumption by about five per cent. This Saab powerplant also integrates a new smaller, more responsive Saab light pressure intercooled turbo
(LPT) system, delivering strong off-the-line torque of 206 ft. lbs. at just 1,800 rpm. The world’s first asymmetric Turbo 3.0L V6 engine develops 200 hp and a
muscular torque of 229 ft. lbs. at 2,100 rpm. This engine option will be available during the first half of 1998.

A new generation of Saab’s award-winning Trionic engine management system now also adds throttle control to its fuel injection, ignition timing and turbo
boost pressure functions, effectively eliminating any possibilities of turbo lag.

New platform and suspension systems
The new Saab 9-5 follows Saab’s traditional philosophy that responsive performance and good handling are a major contribution to driving safety. The
body platform is a new design on a 106.4-inch wheelbase developed uniquely for this model with new Saab-patented safety concepts in the front-end
structure. Strut type front suspension is matched to a new independently suspended rear axle used for the first time on a Saab. The total chassis system
has been developed to provide predictable and responsive control, as well as stable, well balanced and extremely forgiving behavior in difficult driving
conditions.

All versions of the new Saab 9-5 are equipped with a new generation of electronically controlled ABS as standard equipment with large diameter disc
brakes front and rear. This system also incorporates electronic brake force distribution that comes into effect under hard braking before the ABS is
activated. It automatically maximizes the grip available at each wheel independently to reduce stopping distances.

World’s First Active Head Restraint System Reduces Whiplash

The Saab 9-5 features the world’s first whiplash-reducing active head restraint system as standard equipment. This simple mechanical system is designed to
limit head movement during rear-end collisions. The padded head support is connected by a linkage to a pressure plate in the back rest of the seat. In
certain types of rear collisions, the occupant’s body will be pushed into the Saab seat backrest, which moves the pressure plate toward the rear. Subsequently, the head restraint is moved upwards, and forward, to meet the head before the dangerous whiplash movement has started. The new system is designed to activate in rear end collisions equivalent to a barrier impact of 9-11 mph. The precise activation of the system is determined by the force with which the occupant’s back is pressed against the backrest, the magnitude of the collision force and the individual’s weight.

Saab 9-5 Safety Innovations Focus on Real-Life Occupant Protection

The new Saab 9-5 has been designed using real-life safety data accumulated by Saab experts in studies of more than 5,000 actual road accidents. As a
result, the front structure incorporates three robust load paths that optimize and distribute crash loads more effectively. Combined with energy absorbing
systems that collapse progressively in proportion to the impact speed, crash behavior is virtually independent of what the vehicle hits.

The safety cage around the passenger compartment is an extremely rigid structure of high-tensile steel members. Its reinforcement is so innovative that it
is covered by eight Saab patent applications. Studies of side impact injuries have resulted in the design of a special side structure impact behavior, that
Saab calls a “collision deflector.” This system channels collision forces downward during a side impact.

All five seating positions incorporate three-point inertia reel seat belts with semi-automatic height adjustments and anti-submarining ramps. European
variants feature a standard driver’s side airbag, and optional passenger and side airbags. US models will feature driver and passenger airbags in addition to side airbags, as standard equipment.

Numerous Technical Innovations
The new Saab 9-5 continues Saab’s long tradition of technical innovation with a number of new features, many of which are destined to become standard on
competitive models in the future. In addition to the new asymmetric Turbo V6 engine, rigid safety cage, triple-path five-stage front-end crash structure, Saab Active Head Restraints (SAHR), side airbags and “collision deflector” side impact protection, the Saab 9-5 features the passenger car industry’s first
ventilated front seats, among many other distinctive features. Other technical highlights include six high-pressure jet windshield washer nozzles and even a
“smart” automatic audio volume control that compensates for background noise according to the chosen setting, not just the vehicle speed.

The new Saab 9-5 is manufactured in Trollhättan, Sweden, where Saab has been building cars for 50 years. It is a completely new model that extends the
Saab range of passenger cars into the premium sedan segment. The Saab 9-5 increases Saab’s European model line from two to three — the Saab 900 in
three-door, five-door and convertible form, the Saab 9000 hatchback and now the new Saab 9-5 four-door luxury sedan. In North America, the Saab 9000 line will be available until the Saab 9-5 debuts in the Spring of 1998. North American Saab 9-5 specifications will be available in early 1998.
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