Saab is readying its new 9-5 saloon for launch later this spring having completed more than 300,000 miles in testing on roads from the Arctic Circle to southern Spain.
Chassis testing took place on some of Europe’s most challenging roads, including in Spain, Germany, Italy and the UK.
The six-strong driving team brought a fleet of 15 9-5s from the Arctic Circle in Sweden’s frozen north all the way to the baking plains of southern Spain in an effort to replicate real-world conditions for prospective buyers.
Saab’s chief test driver, Peter Johansson, said the exhaustive testing was necessary to optimise the 9-5’s two different suspension layouts, front and all-wheel-drive transmissions, two steering systems and Saab’s new DriveSense adaptive chassis system.
“Throughout the development process, we focused on giving this car all the exciting driving characteristics you would expect from a Saab,” said Johansson.