Hot weather tests provide best pictures of new Saab 9-5 yet
9 July 2009

The next Saab 9-5 has been spied hot weather testing.

The pictures give the clearest indications yet of the new Saab 9-5's styling, particularly the distinctive rear end which can be seen through the disguise.

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Saab’s stylists have tried to incorporate the firm’s traditional wrap-around screen in the new 9-5, as well as the distinctive C-pillar, domed roof and flat-topped door window frames.

The nose design is taken directly from the Aero-X concept car and the production 9-5 will be marked out by a distinctive ‘lightbar’ running across the rear of the car, between the rear light clusters.

The car’s interior is said to be very close to the 9-4X concept’s, including the central speedo. The only switchgear shared with the Insignia is the column stalks and the headlamp switch.

Although the new 9-5 shares its Epsilon 2 platform with the Vauxhall Insignia, the Saab has a longer wheelbase and unique styling inside and out.

The 9-5 will be offered with two different types of suspension — standard and premium — as well as four-wheel drive. Engines will range from a turbocharged 2.8-litre V6 to a four-cylinder diesel that emits less than 140g/km of CO2.

The car goes into production early next year, replacing the 13-year-old first-gen 9-5.

Both the 9-5 and a new 9-3 will be built at Saab’s Trollhattan HQ. A new 9-4X will be built by GM in Mexico, alongside its sister car, the Cadillac SRX in 2010.

Saab will unveil the all-new 9-5 at this autumn’s Frankfurt motor show, before it goes on sale next spring.

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