Saab has officially launched its new flagship 9-5 saloon, a model vital for the struggling firm’s future, at the Frankfurt motor show.
The new Saab 9-5 will go on sale next year and the Swedish firm claims it will be the most technologically advanced car it has ever produced, with a range of “high-tech” features. It will mark a “new era” for the company, according to its managing director.
The styling has been inspired by the Aero X concept car, and Saab claims it also draws inspiration from its aviation heritage. It has a low, muscular stance and a dramatically styled wraparound glasshouse. Saab also claims the windshield and roof have been inspired by its classic 900 model.
Simon Padian, Saab brand design chief, said: “We are giving a fresh, very modern expression to some of our classic brand design cues. 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 aircraft heritage.
Tech highlights on the new 9-5 include an aviation-inspired head up information display, Bi-Xenon high beam adaptive headlights, adaptive cruise control, dual-zone climate control and keyless entry and starting.
Saab’s DriveSense adaptive chassis also features, with real-time damping control.
All engines in the range are turbocharged and three fuel types are offered; petrol, diesel and E85 bio ethanol.
The biggest seller is likely to be the 2.0 TiD, which produces 158bhp and 258lb ft of torque. It has combined fuel economy of 53.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 139g/km. Top speed is 134mph, while it can get from 0-62mph in 10.1 secs.