First pics of new Saab 9-5 leaked online

First pics of new Saab 9-5 leaked online

Saab 9-5 2010 fq

The Saab 9-5 has been long overdue for an overhaul, with the current model first rolling around way back in 1997. A fully redesigned model was apparently going to be revealed last year but its release was postponed because of limited resources at Saab and the introduction of the facelifted 9-3, not to mention the company’s uncertain future.

This week it was confirmed that the new model will show up at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show and yesterday images of the new sedan were leaked online. The images show a continuation of Saab’s past design traits married to a more modern, sleek profile.

Underneath the new sheet metal will be a heavily revised version of GM’s FWD Epsilon II platform, which is also used by Opel on its new Insignia range. To mark Saab as a more premium product the 9-5 will receive a stiffer suspension set-up, a new steering rack and upgraded electronics.

Engine options will include a range of four-cylinder petrol and turbodiesel mills and possibly a biofuel model. There will also likely by an AWD top range model with a turbocharged petrol V6 displacing 3.6L and developing upwards of 350hp (261kW). Other engines options should include a 210hp (157kW) 2.0L unit and mid-level 2.8L V6. A petrol-electric hybrid model is also expected.

Production of the new 9-5 is predicted to start shortly.

Saab 9-5 2010 fq

The Saab 9-5 has been long overdue for an overhaul, with the current model first rolling around way back in 1997. A fully redesigned model was apparently going to be revealed last year but its release was postponed because of limited resources at Saab and the introduction of the facelifted 9-3, not to mention the company’s uncertain future.

This week it was confirmed that the new model will show up at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show and yesterday images of the new sedan were leaked online. The images show a continuation of Saab’s past design traits married to a more modern, sleek profile.

Underneath the new sheet metal will be a heavily revised version of GM’s FWD Epsilon II platform, which is also used by Opel on its new Insignia range. To mark Saab as a more premium product the 9-5 will receive a stiffer suspension set-up, a new steering rack and upgraded electronics.

Engine options will include a range of four-cylinder petrol and turbodiesel mills and possibly a biofuel model. There will also likely by an AWD top range model with a turbocharged petrol V6 displacing 3.6L and developing upwards of 350hp (261kW). Other engines options should include a 210hp (157kW) 2.0L unit and mid-level 2.8L V6. A petrol-electric hybrid model is also expected.

Production of the new 9-5 is predicted to start shortly.

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