Promising all of the enthusiastic driving spirit of its sedan sibling in an even more practical package, the new 2012 Saab 9-5 SportCombi will make its first public appearance at the Geneva Auto Show in March. For the moment, Saab has released a single teaser image showing its smartly styled aft quarters and news that this premium-grade full-size wagon will go on sale here in the fall.
The new 9-5 SportCombi shares front-end styling and interior appointments with the 9-5 Sedan but gets its own aero-tweaked tail that features a unique C-pillar treatment, wraparound glass, an integrated spoiler on its large, single-piece liftgate and a full-width "ice-block" light bar that serves to connect the main lamps. Capacity of the SportCombi's generously-proportioned rear bay can be increased from 18.6 cu-ft to 56.0 cu-ft by folding down the rear seat backs.
Saab's powertrain guidance went no further than to confirm turbocharging. While the 2012 9-5 SportCombi could offer both the turbocharged 220-horsepower/2.0-liter inline-four and the 300-horse/2.8-liter V6 as the Sedan, the more potent engine and a six-speed automatic transmission will most certainly be part of the mix. The available feature set includes items like the automaker's XWD all-wheel-drive system and DriveSense adaptive chassis control, adaptive cruise control, programmable power rear lifgate, Bi-Xenon adaptive lighting, keyless entry/starting, tri-zone air conditioning and a Pilot Head-up Display system.
"The launch of the 9-5 SportCombi is a much-awaited next step in the roll-out of our new product offensive," says Saab Automobile CEO Jan Ake Jonsson. "It will take Saab back into the large wagon segment where we have established a strong presence in many key markets with our previous offering." Historically, Saab wagon sales have been on par with its sedan volumes. No word on pricing, but the 2012 Saab 9-5 SportCombi is likely to open slightly higher than the 9-5 Sedan which starts at $48,030.