The undisputable star of Saab's Frankfurt Motor Show stand is the all-new 9-5 Sedan that will go on sale worldwide in the beginning of next year. While Saab's proposal in the BMW 5-Series and Audi A6 premium segment shares GM's Epsilon 2 platform with the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia and Buick LaCrosse, the 9-5 features a longer wheelbase and has its own unique exterior and a interior styling that's influenced by the Aero X concept car as well as by the classic 900.
The new 9-5 Sedan, which will be followed by a load-loving Estate version within the next year or so, will be available at launch with a choice of two turbocharged petrol engines, a 2.0-liter unit with 220HP and a range-topping 300HP 2.8-liter V6 that's offered exclusively with Saab's XWD four-wheel drive system, and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel that makes 160HP.
Shortly after the market launch, Saab plans to enhance the 9-5 engine range with a small displacement, 1.6-liter gasoline turbo generating 180 horsepower, together with a 2.0-liter BioPower E85-capable engine. All transmissions will be six-speed
Technological highlights include the adaptive chassis control with driver settings selection through Saab's DriveSense, Bi-Xenon Smart Beam adaptive headlights and intelligent cruise control. The 9-5 will be offered with two different suspension layouts according to engine power while buyers can also opt for sport chassis setting.