Based on a sportier version of GM's Epsilon II platform, the new 9-5 rides on a 2.84 meter (111.8") wheelbase which should offer plenty of room in the passenger compartment. The increase in room also extends to the truck, where cargo capacity measures a healthy 513 liters (18.11 cubic feet).
Inside, the cabin boasts traditional Saab design cues such as a "7" dashboard, complex air vents, and a center console-mounted ignition. Other styling touches include glossy black trim, aggressively bolstered seats, and a thick-rimmed steering wheel. On the options list, we can expect a rear seat entertainment system, bi-xenon headlights, a Harman Kardon audio system, keyless entry, and a large 8-inch navigation system from Panasonic.
Engine options will include a three turbocharged petrol units: a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 160hp, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 210hp, and a 2.8-liter V6 with 300hp. Diesel power will be provided by two 2.0-liter units which will produce 160 hp and 190 hp. Eventually a petrol-electric hybrid is expected, as is a biofuel model.
Set to be officially unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the new 9-5 features distinctive styling with a bold front end and a sleek profile. Overall, the design is pretty much what we expected but there are several interesting touches such as blackened A-pillars and dark trim across the top of the side windows. At the rear, the sloping C-pillars help to give the 9-5 a dramatic appearance which is further assisted by clear LED taillights.
Look for the new Saab 9-5 sedan to go on sale in Europe in April 2010, with a base price around €35,000.