Saab's ageing 9-5 has been given a major makeover ahead of the introduction of a new German-built replacement, despite the current car’s surprise record sales.
These scoop shots received by autocar.co.uk's scoop shots show.that the latest facelift in the car’s seven-year history adds new lights, bumpers, bonnet and wheels, with the nose in particular taking its cues from the bold 2001 9-X concept car. Inside, the dashboard moulding stays the same but it’s lifted by new instruments and controls, new air vents and revised seats.
The chassis has also received attention in an effort to close the gap to the German class leaders, with a wider rear track among the changes, and the 9-3’s 150bhp 1.9 becomes the only diesel engine option. The all-new 9-5 follows in 2008, based on the same front-drive platform as the next Opel/Vauxhall Vectra.