The clean, sculpted shape embraces the purity of Scandinavian
design, and its dramatic wraparound window graphic echoes Saab’s
aviation heritage. With styling inspired by the award-winning
Saab Aero X Concept car and a muscular, low-slung
stance, the new Saab 9-5 heralds the introduction of a bold and
expressive design language.
The array of high-tech features on offer includes: an
aircraft-inspired head-up information display (HUD); adaptive
headlights (Bi-Xenon Smart Beam); adaptive cruise control; Saab
DriveSense adaptive chassis with real-time damping control; keyless
entry and starting; dual-zone climate control; dynamic parking
assistance, and Saab XWD with eLSD: the industry-leading
The all-turbo powertrain line-up is the broadest ever offered by
Saab, carrying forward Saab’s rightsizing engine strategy focusing
on responsible performance through the development of highly
efficient four cylinder turbo engines. There is a choice of three
fuels – petrol, diesel and E85 bioethanol – and with diesel power,
the new 9-5 offers CO2 emissions as low as 139 g/km.
„This car is the start of a new era for our brand,” says Jan-
Åke Jonsson, Saab Automobile’s Managing Director. „We have created
an advanced and very distinctive product by leveraging the power of
our roots in key areas, such as progressive Scandinavian design,
sporty driving and responsible performance. The new Saab 9-5
delivers in all these respects, as will every future product from
‘Forward-looking design that doesn’t ignore where it’s coming
from,’ sums up the visual appeal of the all-new Saab 9-5 Sedan. „We
are giving a fresh, very modern expression to some of our classic
brand design cues,” says Simon Padian, Saab Brand Design Chief. „We
have visual themes found in our recent concept cars, such as the
Aero X, which are inspired by Scandinavian design and our brand’s
The face of the new Saab 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. In
this interplay of proportions, the windshield and roof are
reminiscent of the classic Saab 900 model.
Viewed from any angle, the all-new Saab 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 centre of the grille
characterises the assertive, self-confident design language.
The car’s dynamic character is emphasized by a falling roof-line
that culminates in sweeping rear pillars that buttress a slightly
recessed rear screen. Front wings that are subtly flared to blend
into the wheels convey latent energy. Below that smooth, flat rear
deck, a full-width, ice-block rear light bar wraps into signature
The new 9-5’s overall proportions stretch the traditional
three-box saloon silhouette, while avoiding the fastback cliché of
a four-door coupé look.
Inside the spacious cabin, simple forms define the architecture
and echo the design purity of the exterior. Compared to its
predecessor, legroom and shoulder width are increased both front
and rear, with class-leading rear legroom. The choice of materials,
the fit and finish and the tactile quality of the controls all
reflect the new Saab 9-5’s premium character.
The driver-focused cockpit is traditional Saab, but its
execution is pioneering. The deep centre 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 (HUD) in the windscreen, are
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 5.1
channel surround sound audio system and an 8-inch colour touch
screen navigation system with hard disk storage for map data and
10GB for MP3 music files. A large centre console provides storage
and connections for several portable devices through USB and 3.5mm
AUX ports alongside a 12V power outlet.
Rear passengers can even access their own audio or watch a DVD.
The rear seat entertainment unit in the back of the centre console
accommodates audio controls and folding viewing screens are
installed in the backs of the front seats. Wireless headphones are
provided for listening and viewing.
On the road
An array of chassis technology is focused on delivering a
sporty, rewarding driving experience that belies the Saab 9-5’s
size. Saab XWD, the industry-leading all-wheel-drive system already
available on the Saab 9-3, is offered at launch
with the 2.0-litre turbo and 2.8V6 turbo engines with further
applications due in the future. Available throughout the range are:
adaptive chassis control, with driver settings selected through
Saab DriveSense; Bi-Xenon Smart Beam adaptive headlights and
adaptive cruise control. Three different suspension layouts are
fitted according to engine power and all are available with a sport
Saab has some 30 years experience in turbocharging engines and
the all-turbo powertrain line-up in the new Saab 9-5 further
develops its rightsizing engine strategy. At launch, the
four-cylinder diesel comprises a 160 hp, 2.0-litre turbo engine
with CO2 emissions of just 139g/km and the 2.0-litre petrol turbo
engine develops 220bhp. A top-of-the-line 2.8 V6 turbo, generating
300hp and 400Nm of torque, is offered exclusively with Saab
Shortly after launch, a 1.6-litre petrol turbo with 180hp will
be introduced, together with a 2.0-litre BioPower E85 engine. All
transmissions will be six-speed.
A new era
Defined and equipped by Saab as its top-of-the-line contender in
the premium saloon segment, the all-new 9-5 is the most technically
advanced car ever produced by the company. It will be built at
Saab’s home plant in Trollhättan, where it has been engineered.
The all-new Saab 9-5 makes its public debut at the 2009
Frankfurt International Motor Show. Combining head-turning good
looks with cutting-edge driving technology, it’s the start of a new
era for Saab.
The new Saab 9-5’s all-turbo powertrain line-up brings together
Saab expertise in turbocharging with state-of-the-art engine
technologies. With Petrol and BioPower (E85 compatible) engines
developing more than 100 hp per litre, the new Saab 9-5 Sedan
advances Saab’s rightsizing powertrain strategy. Efficient
turbocharged engines as small as 1.6 litres make a fitting start
for the engine line-up for Saab’s new premium saloon. CO2 emissions
as low as 139g/km are also on offer from Saab’s 2.0 turbo diesel
Petrol (1.6T, 2.0T and 2.8V6)
All petrol engines feature electronic management, electronic
throttle control, direct ignition and four valves per cylinder
operated by overhead, maintenance-free chain-driven camshafts. For
longevity and reliability, turbochargers are water-cooled and use
air-to-air intercooling to increase intake charge density.
To give minimal piston friction and wear characteristics, while
also benefiting fuel and oil consumption, the cylinder walls of the
engines are laser-etched for an extremely smooth finish.
Under-skirt piston oil cooling and sodium-filled exhaust valves are
further efficiency measures.
The engine line-up starts with this powerful four-cylinder motor
giving 180 hp/132 kW and excellent torque of 230 Nm all the way
from 2,200 rpm to 5,500 rpm. It includes an ‘over boost’ function,
which raises torque to 266 Nm for up to five seconds on a wide open
Rated among the most powerful series production engines in its
displacement class, this ‘right sized’ powertrain gives the new
Saab 9-5 strong performance: zero to 62mph in 9.5 seconds, and
impressive fuel consumption and CO2 emissions projected to be
37.1mpg and 179 g/km.
For strength and reduced noise, the cylinder block is in cast
iron. A die cast, structural aluminum oil pan adds further
stiffness and noise suppression. Additional refinements include the
use of hollow camshafts, for reduced weight and lower reciprocating
mass, and a dual-mass flywheel for improved running refinement. A
map-based thermostat control raises the coolant temperature at low
engine speeds, or under light loads, to help reduce internal
lubricant friction and also improve fuel consumption.
2.0 Turbo – Petrol and BioPower
The performance stakes are raised with this all-aluminium
engine, which is also available as a BioPower variant enabling it
to run on Petrol and/or E85 fuel (85% bioethanol, 15% Petrol) in
any blends. In both configurations, it delivers peak power of 220
hp/ 162 kW and plentiful torque of 350 Nm from just 2,500 rpm.
This engine is offered with front wheel drive or XWD, the
industry-leading all-wheel-drive system. It features variable valve
timing and direct injection to further improve fuel consumption,
emissions and performance. The camshafts have hydraulically
operated vane-type cam phasers which allow both the inlet and
exhaust valve timing to be adjusted independently, according to
varying engine speed and load. The many benefits include; a broader
spread of torque, higher maximum power and improved fuel
Direct injection delivers fuel under high pressure directly into
the combustion chamber during the compression stroke. This enables
the separation of air and fuel delivery, allowing improved
scavenging of the combustion chamber to give substantially more
low-end torque and reduced engine knocking.
A twin-scroll turbocharger is also used, which virtually
eliminates turbo lag at low engine speeds and delivers a throttle
response comparable to that of a naturally-aspirated engine. Each
of the two scrolls on the turbine is fed by a separate exhaust
passage – one from cylinders one and four, the other from cylinders
two and three. Other features include: twin counter-rotating
balance shafts for smooth running; a forged steel crankshaft for
added strength and aluminium pistons to reduce reciprocating
With front wheel drive, this engine propels the new Saab 9-5
from zero to 62mph in 7.9 seconds, giving projected combined fuel
economy of 33.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 199 g/km.
Available exclusively in Aero specification with XWD and 6-speed
automatic transmission, this engine has a classic 60° angle between
the cylinder banks to give optimum balance for vibration-free
running to match its silky power delivery. It delivers 300 hp/ 221
kW and an impressive 400 Nm of torque between 2,000 and 5,000 rpm,
giving zero to 62mph acceleration in just 6.9 seconds.
Variable valve timing on both intake and exhaust sides ensures a
near linear delivery of torque, irrespective of engine speed and
load. The single, twin-scroll turbocharger is mounted centrally
above the transmission and fed by both banks of cylinders. The use
of two inlet tracts, one for each cylinder bank, separates the
exhaust gas pulses, improving gas flow, reducing energy losses and
raising turbocharger efficiency.
The exhaust manifolds are double-skinned with hydroformed
stainless steel liners to improve cold start emissions by
minimizing heat absorption to the manifold. Air injection into each
exhaust manifold for up to 30 seconds after a cold start also helps
the central pre-catalyst, positioned upstream of the main catalytic
converter, achieve its effective working temperature as early as
The strong, forged-steel crankshaft runs in four main bearings
and the steel connecting rods are sinter forged for extra strength
and durability. The polymer-coated, aluminium pistons and the
floating wrist-pins are cooled and further lubricated by triple
under-skirt oil jets.
2.0 Turbo Diesel
The 16-valve, 2.0 litre turbo diesel engine develops 160 hp (118
kW) and 350 Nm of torque and offers projected CO2 emissions of just
139 g/km, together with impressive fuel economy of 53.3mpg over the
It has a cast-iron cylinder block with laser-etched cylinder
walls and an aluminium alloy cylinder head. The twin overhead
camshafts are chain driven and maintenance-free.
Electronic management controls the common rail, direct and
multiple fuel injection system and a variable geometry turbocharger
is fitted to give an excellent low-end throttle response.
Other refinements include a weight-saving plastic intake
manifold and a dual-mass flywheel for greater running refinement. A
maintenance-free exhaust particulate filter is fitted as
Exterior and Interior Design
Born and bred in Scandinavia, the all new Saab 9-5 Sedan is a
sleek expression of the power of simplicity and heralds the arrival
of a new, more assertive design language for the brand.
„We are adopting a new vocabulary to tell the story of our
brand,” explains Saab Brand Design Chief Simon Padian. „It gives a
fresh, very modern expression to some of our classic design
The ‘words’ in the new vocabulary come from Saab’s award-winning
Aero X concept car, revealed in 2006 as a signpost to the future of
Saab design. Its bold front-end styling, ‘wraparound’ window
graphic, clean body surfacing and ice-block lighting themes are key
visual elements now translated into the powerful form of the new
9-5 Sedan. They reflect a brand inspired by Scandinavian design and
a unique aircraft heritage.
„We pushed out the boundaries of Saab design with the Aero X
concept,” says Simon, „and the new Saab 9-5 shows how we are
bringing this more assertive look to our products. It is the first
step in a new era for Saab design”
The face of the new Saab 9-5 is defined by a deep grille flanked
by curving, ‘ice-block’ headlamp units with signature LED light
guides. The windshield and side windows are presented as a single
wraparound graphic, the disguised front and side pillars giving the
glasshouse of the cabin Saab’s signature cockpit look. The
proportions of the windshield and roof are also reminiscent of the
‘peaked cap’ look of the classic 900 model. The large Saab logo,
embossed in the centre of the grille, characterises the more
assertive, self-confident design language.
The ‘organic sculpture’ of the low-slung body blends clean
convex and concave surfaces with natural, curvaceous forms. With an
appearance of being shaped by the wind, the bodywork has a smooth,
fuselage-like quality inspired by Saab’s aircraft heritage. Wings
stretched to the outer edges of the wheels, 17 to 19-inches in
size, energize the looks of the car and add to its dynamic,
In Scandinavian tradition, the visual impact of the design is
heightened by an absence of exterior trim or stylized detailing.
All individual elements contribute to the appearance of the design
as whole, without providing visual distraction or ‘clutter’. „With
Scandinavian design we are seeking to simplify forms,” says Simon.
„Things don’t have to be complicated to be interesting. In visual
terms, less is more.”
Such ‘passive’ design detail can be seen in the door mirrors.
„The mirror casings are black, rather than body coloured, because
the mirror unit occupies the same visual space as the windows,”
explains Simon. „We didn’t want any interruption to the wraparound
window graphic which makes such a bold statement.”
Saab brand design cues can be seen in the ‘hockey stick’
belt-line, underlined by a simple matt aluminium trim, leading into
the strong rear C-pillars.
The car’s dynamic character is underlined by a falling roof-line
and those strong, sweeping rear pillars which buttress a slightly
recessed rear screen. The flow of the roof and pillars culminate in
a smooth, flat rear deck. A full-width ice-block rear light bar,
echoing the front light theme, adds to the new Saab 9-5’s
Saab’s design heritage is evident from that rear screen, a
counterpoint to the wrap around windshield at the front. „We have
inverted the shape of the rear screen of the classic 900 Saloon,”
explains Simon. „In fact, we’ve probably been even bolder with the
design at the back than the front. We haven’t had a consistent Saab
identity in this area before. You can expect to see the light bar,
and the way the rear lights wrap into it, as a signature feature in
Viewed from any angle, the all new Saab 9-5 has a distinctive
character. „We deliberately wanted to avoid the cliché of the coupé
look for Saloons. We’ve stretched the traditional three-box Saloon
proportions but kept a defined trunk line – this is a sports saloon
which makes a powerful visual statement. It doesn’t need to look
like a coupé or a hatchback.”
The sleek shape also contributes to excellent aerodynamic
properties. An impressive 0.28 Cd (coefficient of drag) contributes
to reduced fuel consumption and low wind noise. Good high speed
stability is also ensured by near zero lift forces at the front
axle and the achievement of down force at the rear, assisted by
airflow from the slightly concave surface of the trunk lid.
Top-of-the-line Aero variants are visually distinguished by
unique front and rear bumper mouldings, 19-inch ‘turbine’ alloy
wheels, front fog lamps, a lowered sport chassis, bi-xenon
headlamps and twin exhaust tailpipes integrated into the rear
The new Saab 9-5’s spacious cabin is characterized by simple
forms that echo the clean lines of the exterior. The choice of
materials, the fit and finish and the tactile quality of the
controls all reflect the new 9-5’s premium appeal.
A wheelbase 134 mm longer than that of its predecessor has
enabled a substantial 58 mm increase in rear legroom, which exceeds
that offered by all main competitors. Front legroom is also
increased by 11 mm.
The driver-focused cockpit is traditional Saab, while its
execution is all new. A deep centre console sweeps up around the
driver into the main instrument display. It is a new expression of
Saab’s signature cockpit layout, first introduced on the
Saab 9000 model and continued with the
Saab 9-5. The console is now inclined at a much
shallower angle, improving driver ergonomics in the operation of
its functions and view of the display screen.
Simplicity of form is evident from a ventilation zone, with
signature Saab ‘joystick’ controls, which extends across the top of
the main instrument display. „This helps clean up the look of the
front fascia area,” explains Simon. „We wanted to eliminate
separate vents in the centre and on the driver’s side, which would
break up the fluid, integrated forms we wanted.”
The deeply recessed main dials include a driver-selectable,
rolling ‘altimeter’ speed read-out, a reference to Saab’s aviation
heritage from the Aero X concept. The needles of the dials, the
main display screen and the optional HUD in the windshield, are all
illuminated in signature Saab green. The ‘Night Panel’ button,
another unique Saab feature, allows the driver to minimize
distraction during night driving by switching off all the main
instrument illumination, except speedometer.
In Saab tradition, the car’s ignition – now a start/stop button
– remains between the front seats, next to the gear shift and the
electric park brake, fitted as standard for all variants. The matt
aluminium trim surrounding the gear shift and start/stop button has
an ‘organic’ shape with a varying width and thickness to match the
curvature of the surface. „This is in harmony with ‘free form’ that
we’ve applied to the exterior,” says Simon. „It’s a detail that
looks very natural, adding to the crafted, quality appeal of the
Other subtle details include; the small channels in the centre
stack fascia that link the main infotainment and climate controls.
They resemble the shape of Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, a
hint at the combination of human design and scientific precision
deployed in the layout of the cabin. It’s part of the logical,
zonal groupings used for the location of the car’s interior,
chassis and lighting controls.
The centre console features two storage compartments with twin
cup-holders and the potential to connect several portable devices
through USB and AUX connections alongside a 12V power outlet. A
useful pull-out storage drawer next to the driver’s door is big
enough to take a number of personal items, such as a wallet, PDA,
The rear of the cabin provides comfortable accommodation for
three adults. In addition to more leg and shoulder room, it now
offers the option of rear seat entertainment via fold-out screens
in the front seat-backs and separate rear climate control. The
60/40 split, folding seatback includes an arm-rest with twin cup
holders, a storage compartment and a load-through ‘ski hatch’.
Interior and Equipment
Each model variant is distinguished by a unique cabin ambience,
including decor trim applied to the main instrument panel, centre
console and behind the door grab handles.
The upper and lower instrument panel, door cappings and decor
trim are available with colour combinations including Jet black,
Dark Pewter, Cocoa and Parchment with brushed metal look décor
trim. The seats are upholstered with leather bolsters and fabric
inserts available in Jet Black, Parchment or Shark Grey.
Top-of-the-line Aero adds a sporty, all-leather interior with a
unique Clear Zone finish inserted in the wraparound instrument
panel. The rest of the front fascia and door trims are in Jet Black
with dark, bushed metal decor trim.
Standard equipment includes: a keyless start/stop button,
electric park brake, six-way adjustable driver and passenger seats,
dual zone climate control, leather steering wheel, information
display, front seat squab storage pouches, steering wheel audio
controls, adjustable front arm-rest, cruise control, ambient
interior lighting and a nine-speaker audio system with a USB and
3.5mm AUX connection and a graphic information display.
Aero adds an electric drivers seat, heated front seats,
extendable under-thigh support. The interior is further
distinguished by a full colour information display and an ‘Aero’
embossed, flat bottomed sports steering wheel with a perforated
The all-new Saab 9-5 is the most advanced Saab ever, introducing
an array of high-tech features and benefits that bring the car and
driver closer together, while also enhancing the travel experience
for all occupants.
Defined by Saab as the company’s top-of-the-line contender in
the premium segment, the new Saab 9-5 has been chiefly engineered
in Sweden, where its development has been guided and where it will
be built at Saab’s home plant in Trollhättan.
In terms of functionality and the quality of the driving
experience alone, the new 9-5 Sedan is configured to challenge
premium class standards. It will offer a fresh and distinctive
alternative choice to established market leaders.
State-of-the-art technologies are harnessed to offer the
features customers most want. Smart functions range from an
aircraft inspired, head-up information display (HUD); dynamic
parking assistance; hard disk music storage and flexible boot
„This is the most sophisticated and technically advanced car we
have ever produced,” says Mats Fägerhag, Head of Technical
Development at Saab. „It is enabled to meet the needs of modern day
motoring and brings together all the functions and features
customers would expect in a car of this class.”
On The Road
Chassis systems and technologies are focused on delivering a
sporty driving experience. The mechanical suspension layouts, for
example, are tailored to match the differing performance
characteristics of its engines and drivelines. These can be
overlaid by the optional Saab DriveSense adaptive chassis system
which includes real time damping control.
HiPer Strut and Linked H-arm suspension
Three different suspension combinations are fitted to the Saab
9-5. Variants with the 1.6-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel
engines have a McPherson strut front and 4-link rear arrangement,
while a Linked H-arm rear suspension is fitted with the 2.0-litre
petrol turbo, and XWD variants. Aero variants with the 2.8V6 Turbo
have a HiPer Strut (High Performance Strut) front suspension and
the Linked H-arm rear layout.
The advanced HiPer Strut offers driving benefits similar to
those of a double wishbone layout, but without any weight penalty.
The inclination and length of the kingpin is reduced and the caster
angle of the steering increased. The result: improved steering
quality with a more secure driving feel, as well as enhanced
handling and braking characteristics.
At the rear, the sophisticated H-arm layout, with isolated
sub-frame mountings, gives still greater ride comfort, reduces
vibration entering the cabin and improves roadholding. For both
H-arm and 4-link rear suspensions, shear bushings are used in the
damper mountings to the body structure. These effectively dissipate
vibrations from the road, improving ride comfort and noise
În aşteptarea lansării de la Salonul
Auto de la Frankfurt, iată că primele imagini clare apar pe
Internet. Şi de data aceasta sunt oficiale. De ce nu putem da
seama? În primul rând Saab 9-5 din punct de vedere al
designului este pur şi simplu altceva. Suedezii joacă o
carte interesantă, dar care ar putea da rezultate, mai ales că
sursa de inspiraţie este reuşitul concept Saab Aero X.
În ceea ce priveşte partea tehnică, patru motorizări vor fi
disponibile. Vorbim de un diesel 2.0 litri de 160 CP şi 350 Nm şi
trei benzinare, toate turbo. Un 1,6 de 180 CP, un 2.0 de 220 CP
(disponibil şi într-o variantă BioPower) şi un 2.8 de 300 CP şi 6
Transmisia integrală XWD va fi rezervată pentru versiunile
supraalimentate de 2.0T şi 2.8, toate modelele putând fi comandate
în trei niveluri de echipare: Linear, Vector şi Aero. Mai multe
informaţii în doar câteva săptămâni
Mai multe detalii,
pe pagina următoare.