Photographer catches next generation Saab 9-5 undergoing testing
11 May 2009

These are the best pictures yet of the all-new Saab 9-5.

Despite the fact the Swedish carmaker is currently under Swedish bankruptcy protection, the Saab 9-5 is on schedule to be sold by early summer.

The big saloon is being finalised for production after an anticipated debut at the Frankfurt show this September.

The new 9-5 is based on the same GM Epsilon II chassis as the Vauxhall Insignia, although the styling inside and out is unique.

The new 9-5 will have a range of ‘downsized’ turbocharged petrol engines as well as the option of a turbocharged V6 engine and the company’s innovative ‘torque vectoring’ all-wheel drive system.

The car scooped here shows it has more than a hint of Saab’s classic upright windscreen pillars as well the ‘hockey stick’ shape around rear window line.

The side-on pictures also show that new car has a very steeply raked rear window and extended boot lid. An estate version is scheduled to appear next year.

Also visible in these pictures are a car’s headlamps and the new Saab corporate ‘horseshoe’ grille.

Although Fiat’s bid for the whole of General Motor’s European arm (including Saab) has only just got underway, Saab could itself be sold to a new buyer by early summer. Reports suggest that the bidding process is down to just two interested parties.

Hilton Holloway

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