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If you’re hoping to pick up a new Saab 9-5 and you’re not already on a waiting list, you’ll probably have to keep hoping. This year Saab will deliver just 500 of its new 9-5 luxury sedans to dealers in the U.S. That means that each dealership will only get a handful of cars before the 2011 models arrive this Fall. And with the car originally announced back at the Frankfurt Auto Show last September, dealers have had a long time to build up waiting lists from the notoriously loyal Saab customers.
Initially, all Saab 9-5′s will be high-priced Aero models, costing $49,990 – a price that reflects Saab’s ambition to take on traditional German luxury sedans like the Mercedes E-Class and Audi A6.
The 9-5 Aero features a 300 horsepower 2.8L twin-turbo V6, all-wheel drive and the quintessential air-conditioned glove box. Other high tech options include a heads-up display, Harmon/Kardon stereo and a lane-departure warning system.
The 9-5 Aero will eventually be joined by an entry-level model featuring a 2.0L four-cylinder turbo engine and will start at “under $40,000″ according to Saab.
GALLERY: 2010 Saab 9-5
[Source: Automotive News]
See, the new 9-5 Aero is one hot piece of Swedish luxury sedan, with just enough Born From Jets / Northern Europe detailing to make us forget most of it is from General Motors. Saab has updated its website with a new configurator that not only lets you play around with color and wheel options (no trim options just yet) — but lets you watch a whack of cool design videos featuring a smartly-dressed man.
If that’s not enough to get you excited about the at-least-$50,000 sedan, here are some more details: it’ll hit U.S. dealers in July, starting with the Aero sedan. The base price of $49,990 includes a 2.8L turbocharged V6 engine with 300 horsepower and 295 ft-lbs of torque, plus Saab’s ecellent XWD all-wheel-drive system. In 2011, a four-cylinder variant will be introduced, with pricing slipping under $40,000.
With Saab enthusiasts rejoicing about their beloved company cheating death, the Swedish automaker’s new owner Spyker Cars, is hoping those very same folks will put their money where their mouth is – literally.
Saab will reportedly begin U.S. sales of its new 9-5 flagship this Spring.
We don’t have any specifics on the U.S. model but in Europe the car will be offered with five different turbocharged engines, all of which will be paired with six-speed transmissions. The engines include a 160-hp 2.0-liter turbo diesel, a 220-hp 2.0-liter gasoline engine and a range-topping 300-hp turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 – the same engine found in the Cadillac SRX. Both front-drive and AWD models will be available. Later on, Saab will also offer a 180hp 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine as well as an E85-capable 2.0-liter motor.
Notable features on the new 9-5 include a heads-up display driver information system, adaptive lighting, adaptive cruise control, Saab DriveSense adaptive suspension, keyless entry and starting, tri-zone air conditioning, dynamic parking assistance and the option of AWD with Saab’s impressive eLSD system.
We expect Saab will offer both the 220-hp and 300-hp engines in the U.S.
Saab also has plans to begin production of the 9-4X crossover, based on the same platform as the Cadillac SRX, in the near future.
GALLERY: 2010 Saab 9-5
All models to get turbocharged engines, including a 300hp 2.8-liter V6.
Saab has just released a selection of new photos, as well as a new information on its upcoming next-generation 9-5 flagship. The Swedish automaker has also confirmed that the new model will debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show next month.
In total, the 9-5 will be offered with five different engines, all of which will be turbocharged and relatively small, meaning fuel-economy should be quite good. Also helping in the fuel-economy department is the fact that all five engines will be paired with six-speed transmissions.
When the car launches three of the five engines will be available: a 160hp 2.0-liter turbo diesel, a 220hp 2.0-liter gasoline engine and a range-topping 300hp turbocharged 2.8-liter V6 – the same engine found in the Cadillac SRX.
And despite Saab’s split with General Motors, that GM sourced engine isn’t the only GM part of the 9-5. The actual chassis of the car is shared with the Buick LaCrosse. That being said, like the LaCrosse, the 9-5 will be available in AWD.
Later on, Saab will also offer a 180hp 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine as well as an E85-capable 2.0-liter motor.
Inside, the 9-5 gets a long list of technological options, including a heads-up display, adaptive lighting, adaptive cruise control, three-way climate control, dynamic parking assistance and Saab’s DriveSense adaptive chassis with real-time damping control.
For the rest of the details, we’ll have to wait until the car’s official unveiling in Frankfurt next month.
GALLERY: 2011 Saab 9-5
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