While still awaiting finalization of its sale to the Swedish supercar maker, Koenigsegg, Saab has released the first official photos and a good deal of tech data on its all-new 9-5 sedan, which goes on pubic display next month in Frankfurt. While the firm may be ending its ownership by General Motors, Saab's flagship is based on a unique variation of GM's new Epsilon II platform, and will match its contemporary exterior styling with a spacious, well-appointed interior and outstanding driving dynamics. Worldwide, Saab will offer the 2010 9-5 with a variety of engines, all turbocharged for maximum efficiency and backed by six-speed manual or automatic transmissions. No final word yet on the specific combinations we'll see here, but its likely the 220-horsepower/2.0-liter turbo four (in both conventional and E85 guise) will be standard issue in front-wheel drive 9-5s while the top-line model with Saab's sophisticated XWD (cross-wheel drive) system will have a T-charged 300-horse/2.8-liter V6 underhood. Other cool features on offer will include the choice of standard or sport suspension tunings, Bi-Xenon Smart Beam adaptive headlamps, adaptive cruise control, navigation system with an 8.0-inch touch screen, heads-up display, harman-kardon Surround Sound premium entertainment system, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment package -- as well as an electronically locking limited-slip rear differential on the XWD model.
Jan Ake Jonsson, Saab Automobile's Managing Director, proclaims the 2010 9-5 as "the start of a new era for our brand. We have created an advanced and very distinctive product by leveraging the power of our roots in key areas, such as progressive Scandinavian design, sporty driving and responsible performance. The new 9-5 delivers in all these respects, as will every future product from Saab."