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Swedish car firm Saab has been in the news much more than even they would have liked to in recent months, mostly because the company seems to be on the verge of bankruptcy on a weekly basis.
But while its CEO Victor Muller is looking for the money train to keep the company on track, Saab itself is preparing to launch the 9-5 Sport Combi in the US-market.
According to a pre-launch brochure that has made its way onto the internet, the Sport Combi will come very well equipped. The standard list of equipment include panoramic sunroof, heated seats, keyless start and a cooled glove box. An eight-inch touch-screen navigation system is also included. All this standard equipment will mean the base price won’t be cheap, and no pricing has been announced yet.
The launch engine will be the 2.0-liter, turbo-charged, four-cylinder unit which produced 220-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. That motor will be mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox and Saab’s Cross-Wheel Drive (XWD) system.
So if you’ve been lamenting the passing of the Volvo wagon from our shores, Saab might be coming to the rescue, if only they can only stay afloat.
Check out the leaked brochure below.
GALLERY: Saab 9-5 Sport Combi Brochure
The four-car range will feature the 9-5 SportCombi wagon, which was previously teased and will debut at Geneva. There will be the 2012 9-4x crossover, which will go on sale in May. The aging 9-3 range will get some special editions to keep the momentum going. And perhaps more importantly, the concept car will feature a hatchback and styling by newly-minted Saab Design director Jason Castriota.
This vehicle will no doubt be the rumored 9-2 or 9-1 that will be powered by the current turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engines found in the MINI Cooper.
For a company that, one year ago, was nearly swallowed into the bankruptcy abyss of GM bureaucracy, to come back and debut a concept car in such a short amount of time is great news for brand loyalists and the automaker’s future.
Unfortunately we have no photos of the Saab 9-5 SportCombi to show you, but considering how wild the 9-5 sedan looks, we’re very excited to see the wagon version debut at March’s Geneva Auto Show.
The last 9-5 wagon was never a runaway success, but within the niche of luxury wagons, it was a well regarded product. Many an enthusiast lusted after the 9-5 Aero wagon, but Saab is going to need more than a handful of quirky professionals to keep them in business this time around.
With a turbocharged V6 and all-wheel-drive, the SportCombi will have the “sport” part of the equation covered, but some interested features, like a sealed storage compartment under the floor (meant for wet items) sound interested, while the “adaptable multi-fold floor” and ”flexible U-rail load space configuration” will have to be seen in person before we can tell if its marketing spin or a feature that matters.