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2005 Saab 9-5: A Benchmark for Mid-Size Luxury and Performance

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1116835 2005 Saab 9 5: A Benchmark for Mid Size Luxury and Performance

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2004-12-06

2005 SAAB 9-5: A BENCHMARK FOR MID-SIZE LUXURY AND PERFORMANCE

Luxurious and responsive, the 2005 9-5 lineup continues to offer excellent value in performance-oriented midsize Sedan and SportWagon models – a continuation of the 9-5 repositioning that is helping customers who are new to Saab find the right vehicle for their needs. A new, DVD-based navigation system is available in ’05, enabling 9-5 drivers to call up important and convenient travel information at the touch of a button.

Saab 9-5 model designations, or “forms,” continue to give customers three distinct vehicle personalities from which to choose: Linear SportWagon, Arc Sedan and SportWagon, and Aero Sedan and SportWagon. Each form is matched with unique interior trim, upholstery, wheel package and powertrain. Changes for 2005 include a stylish new wheel design for Arc models and a freshened palette of exterior colors, including Parchment Silver, Smoke Beige and Chili Red, for all 9-5 models

“The 9-5 continues to be a strong value for customers who demand uncompromising luxury and performance,” said Saab Automobile President and CEO Peter Augustsson.

Although each 9-5 form comes with unique equipment and appointments, all 9-5 models have the following standard features:

· Leather-trimmed seating

· Leather-wrapped steering wheel

· Cabin air filter

· Cooled and lockable glove compartment

· Dual-zone automatic climate control

· Power-adjustable front seats

· Power windows with express-down in front

· Power operated and heated exterior mirrors

· CD audio system

· Integrated audio controls on steering wheel

· Saab Information Display with trip computer

· Split-folding rear seat

· Rear-seat center arm rest with pass-through (Sedan)

· Central locking with remote

· Anti-theft alarm with immobilizer

· No-charge scheduled maintenance for three years or 36,000 miles.

Additionally, all 9-5 models benefit from the following standard safety features:

· Dual front air bags

· Head/torso side air bags (front seats)

· Seat belt pretensioners (front seats)

· Pendulum B-pillar side-impact protection structure

· “Triple Load Path” safety cage construction, front and rear

· Saab Active Head Restraints (SAHR) for front seats

· LATCH (Lower Anchorages and Top tethers for CHildren)

· Headlamp delay function (“follow-me-home”).

All 9-5 models offer OnStar with one-year Safe & Sound service. OnStar is the leading provider of in-vehicle safety, security and information services in the United States and Canada. Using the GPS satellite network and wireless technology, OnStar features core safety services and OnStar Personal Calling that allows drivers to make and receive hands-free, voice-activated phone calls using a powerful three-watt digital system and external antenna for greater reception.

Details: Linear

The Linear embodies elegant Swedish design and is powered by a 2.3L DOHC four-cylinder engine with a light-pressure turbocharger system. It’s rated at 185-horsepower (138 kw) and 207 lb.-ft of torque (281 Nm). The standard transmission is a five-speed manual and Saab’s Sentronic five-speed automatic transmission is optional.

Available exclusively as a SportWagon for 2005, the 9-5 Linear’s standard features include an electronic traction control system (TCS), electronic stability program (ESP), anti-lock braking system (ABS) and 16-inch light alloy wheels.

Inside, Linear SportWagon customers are rewarded with leather seating surfaces, a wood-effect instrument panel, electrically adjustable front seats and automatic climate control with separate temperature controls for driver and front passenger. Maximizing utility, the 9-5 Linear SportWagon also features a rear seat that can be fully or partially folded (60/40), a rigid cargo shelf and the CargoTracks load-securing system. With the rear seat folded, the vehicle has a cargo volume of 73 cubic feet (2067 L).

Details: Arc

For customers who prefer a sportier ride and additional comfort features, Saab offers the 9-5 Arc, available in Sedan or SportWagon body styles. For 2005, it retains the powerful, 220-horsepower (164 kw), 2.3L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which can be had with the standard five-speed Sentronic automatic transmission or the optional five-speed manual transmission. The Arc rides on standard 16-inch wheels sporting a new design, while 17-inch wheels with all-season tires are optional.

Heated front seats are standard on all Arc models, as are the power sliding glass sunroof with express open, color-matched body skirts, and front and rear foglamps. Ventilated front seats remain a popular option on Arc models.

Adding a degree of safety, thanks to superior illumination, Xenon headlamps with headlamp washers are optional. Rain-sensing wipers and parking assistance also are available.

Details: Aero

The ultimate in 9-5 performance is found in the Aero Sedan and Aero SportWagon. All Aero models feature bolstered sport seats, 17-inch wheels, a sport-tuned chassis and the 2.3L High-Output Turbo (HOT) engine producing 250 horsepower (187 kw) and 258 lb.-ft. of torque (350 Nm). A five-speed manual is standard and Saab’s five-speed Sentronic automatic transmission is available.

Aero models are distinguished with a body kit that delivers a more aggressive exterior appearance. In addition to equipment found on Linear and Arc models, the 9-5 Aero features leather sport seats with sport steering wheel, a 200-watt, nine-speaker Harman/Kardon-tuned audio system, an automatic-dimming rearview mirror with compass and integrated garage door opener. As with 9-5 Arc models, Xenon headlamps with headlamp washers are available.

The Saab Aero Academy two-day driving program is included with every Aero model.

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