2010 Saab 9-5 Detailed In Driving Video With Saab Design Boss Jason Castriota

Tony O'Kane | Aug 4, 2010

SAAB 9-5

Unveiled at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show, the upcoming Saab 9-5 is back in the press this week thanks to a new video that sees Saab design boss Jason Castriota detailing the jet fighter-inspired design aspects of the new 9-5.

While Castriota is only a recent addition to the Saab team and was not around for the design of the new 9-5, his knowledge of the large sedan's design language is clear - if perhaps reinterpreted into his vision of future Saab models.

Coming from previous postings at Bertone and Pinfinfarina, the Italian-American Castriota's first project at Saab will be the new 9-3 small sedan, expected to debut in 2012.

The video follows details that surfaced early last month, outlining the technical specifications of the reborn sedan.

Saab's first all-new large sedan in 13 years has been a long-time coming, mired for some time by an uncertain future. That changed with the announcement that the niche carmaker Spyker had closed the deal to purchase the ailing carmaker from owner General Motors.

In March, Saab restarted production at its Trollhattan plant. Spyker and Saab CEO Victor Muller has acknowledged in the past that in order to break even on the 9-5, the company will need to sell approximately 50,000 cars globally.

Speaking with Reuters recently, Saab's global sales boss Adrian Hallmark said that Saab and Spyker are together in the process of buying out or taking over distribution around the world, including that currently held in Australia by Holden under the GM Premium Brands banner.

While the 9-5 is likely to make its way to local showrooms at some point, there is currently no word on precisely what the future holds for the brand's Australian presence.

While Saab had released limited details on the new 9-5's specifications earlier this year, this week's information leak - uncovered by website gminsidenews (a website devoted to Saab's previous owner) - offers the greatest insight yet into the first model from the 'new Saab'.

According to the documents, which come directly from GM, show that four variants of the new 9-5 will be offered in the US, named Turbo4, Turbo4 Premium, Turbo6 and Aero XWD.

A 164kW 2.0 litre turbocharged petrol four kicks things off in the petrol range, and a 2.8 litre V6 will be the range-topper, delivering 224kW and 400Nm of torque thanks to a pair of turbochargers.

In Europe, the 9-5 range will begin with a 119kW 2.0 litre turbo-diesel four, although a 1.6 litre petrol turbo engine will become the new base powertrain when it arrives sometime after the model's launch.

Further down the track, an E85-compatible BioPower variant of the 2.0 litre petrol motor will be added to the range.

Depending on the region, All 9-5 models will come with a six-speed automatic transmission; although the documents show that the US range will see the Turbo4 will feature a manual transmission as standard.

The 2.0 litre and 2.8 litre petrol engines will be available with Saab's XWD all-wheel-drive drivetrain, with the V6 featuring XWD as standard.

On the suspension front, the six-cylinder Turbo6 and Aero XWD models will be offered with a HiPer Strut arrangement, with the Aero XWD being offered with a special suspension package dubbed 'F45', which sees continuously-variable, real-time damping suspension added.

The four-cylinder models are fitted with standard MacPherson type struts. The entry-level Turbo4 gets 17-inch alloy wheels as standard, while the Turbo4 Premium and Turbo6 are both fitted with 18x8-inch wheels featuring a 14-spoke 'turbine' design.

The Aero XWD also gets 18x8-inch wheels, albeit with a split five-spoke design.

Options include a heads-up display for the driver, an eight-inch touchscreen sat-nav unit incorporating a 10GB harddrive for music storage, a premium Harman Kardon sound system and seatback-mounted DVD screens for the rear passengers.

[video via carscoop.blogspot.com]

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  • plumber mosma says,
    6 years ago
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    Its Just Beauty looks very elegant,
    there are so few ways to make a 3-box sedan stand out and the Saab certainly does without being offensive.
  • paddy says,
    6 years ago
    1 like
    Saab's ready to get its bite back into the market... now it takes a bit of human civilisation to realise how awesome this car ought to be smile
  • Marto says,
    6 years ago
    This and the new Liberty fighting it out for ugliest sedan award. I got my money on the Liberty but it will be close.
  • Matt says,
    6 years ago
    "2.8 litre V6 will be the range topper, delivering 224kW and 400Nm of torque"

    THATS the engine that should be going to the new Commodore, not the wheezy 290Nm thing they are going to use
  • kds says,
    6 years ago
    I take it you've driven the new MY10 Commodore 3.0 SIDI, Matt?

    Anyways I think this new Saab looks great! Love the HUD
  • ABC says,
    6 years ago
    looks like a saab / new wrx slapped together. pretty ugly.
  • ralf22 says,
    6 years ago
    1 like
    A new DESIGN-ICON!. Absolutely brillant! Cool! Same class as APPLE Product design. My next car: SAAB!
  • Love GT-R says,
    6 years ago
    This is a very attractive sedan. The new alternative to the Germans.
  • Harley says,
    6 years ago
    Most of it comes from the GM parts bin, and it's still going to be made in Sweden. Both of which are highly likely to assure that it will be as faulty and unreliable as ever. Unless Saab have learnt any lessons at all from their history of being rated bottom of the pile in the vast number of car reliability surveys carried out over the years (and the evidence is that they never seem to have learnt much in this regard), I suspect that if you buy one of these you'll spend more time taking it into the shop to have it fixed than you will spend with it out on the roads. Which will be a shame, because whilst you do have it out on the roads, it will likely be a great deal of comfortable fun. It's just that the fun may well be painfully short-lived.
    • says,
      5 years ago
      Actually, 75% of it is Saab while the rest is shared with the Opel Insignia.
  • MattJelonek
    MattJ says,
    5 years ago
    God it's Beautiful.
  • sammo8191
    sammo8191 says,
    5 years ago
    1 like
    wow such a beautiful ad!
    i want one of these! smile
  • Steven Poyser says,
    5 years ago
    1 like
    Its interesting how some people think this car is beautiful and some (not as much, but still) think its ugly and compare it to the Liberty. I personally think it is a lovely looking car, very elegant and uncommon in a world of generic 3-box sedans. Hopefully they will sell well enough to keep Saab alive.
  • swede says,
    5 years ago
    1 like
    The advertisement is quite clever. Water has connotations with purity and also renewal or 'rebirth'. Obviously the new 9-5 is the first car to be manufactured under the SpykerSAAB brand. The lyrics "everything is going to be ok" is an assertive statement by the brand: purchase this vehicle, we are here for the longterm.