The New Saab 9-5 Range: More Style and Performance

Posted on 01. Nov, 2006 by in 2000-2009

Photo Credits: Saab Automobile

Detroit, November, 2005

The New Saab 9-5 Range: More Style and Performance

Saab’s 2006 9-5 lineup continues to offer luxury, responsiveness and excellent value in the midsize performance car category.

For 2006, the 9-5 undergoes a thorough refresh that includes exterior sheet metal, enhancements to the chassis and powertrain and new instrumentation and “infotainment” systems. The Linear, Arc and Aero models will be merged in to a single model – the 2.3T – in sedan and wagon body styles. The SportWagon is now called the SportCombi.

The new Saab 9-5 Sedan and SportCombi range is focused on enhancements across three key dimensions:

Progressive Design
· Bold styling and clean lines
– New hood, front and rear fascias, front and rear lamps, front fenders, tailgate and trunk lid
– Color-matched side moldings and door handles
– New grille with wing motif derived from Saab 9X concept car
– A preview of Saab’s future design direction

· Sportier stance, new light assemblies, color-keyed bumper moldings and trim
– Wider rear track and color-keyed exterior detailing enhances visual appeal
– New projector-style headlamp units and rear light clusters add a modern touch

· New ‘Black Room’ interior design concept
– All-black inner door trim, front fascia and carpeting
– Contrasting door inserts

· Enhanced, color coordinated interior décor
– Matching look for main instrument panel and door trims
– New black, burled wood-effect and metallic finishes
– New main instrument dials, sport steering wheels and infotainment control panels

Performance
· More powerful 2.3-liter engine
– Exclusive 2.3-liter turbo engine now delivers 260 bhp/191 kW
– Superboost function raises torque still higher, to 272 lb.-ft./370 Nm

Driver Appeal
· More responsive vehicle dynamics for sportier driving experience
– Re-tuned dampers, springs and anti-roll bars allow for crisper handling while maintaining excellent ride quality
– Improved body control and steering precision
– Available sport suspension
– New 235/45 R17 all-season tires and 17 x 7.5-inch wheels

· Class-leading safety
– Top ratings for 9-5 models in Swedish and US accident injury studies
– Comprehensive safety equipment including Saab Active Head Restraints (SAHR)
– Stability control program, ESP® fitted as standard for all variants
– Saab ComSense dynamic workload management helps prevent driver distraction

· Additional content
– Both 9-5 models come with optional Sport Package (sport chassis, sport seats and metallic interior trim) and Visibility Package (xenon headlamps, rain-sensing wipers and rear park assist)
– Standard XM Satellite Radio and MP3 compatibility

The new Saab 9-5 Sedan and SportCombi range is designed to reinforce the brand’s core appeal among discerning customers who seek a distinctive product in keeping with their own, more self-expressive values. Typically, such customers are independent-minded professionals who prioritize good aesthetic and original design that offers strong styling, performance and safety. With an average annual household income exceeding $120,000, market research shows that the proportion of Saab 9-5 owners with a university education far exceeds the average for the segment.

The Saab 9-5 series has already established a strong, worldwide following and Saab expects the new range to attract more new customers to the brand. In Sweden, which has already established a supply infrastructure for E85 fuel, 45 per cent of all 9-5 customers are expected to opt for the performance and ecological benefits of the innovative 2.0t BioPower engine.

Revealing the new Saab 9-5 Sedan and SportCombi range at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, Saab Automobile managing director Jan-Ã…ke Jonsson said: “We are delighted to open a new chapter in the continuing success story of our premium model range. The bold styling and technical innovations underline our brand’s appeal in offering sporty yet surprisingly practical products. The introduction of the BioPower engine, which improves both driving and environmental performance, is typical of what customers have come to expect from Saab.”

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