2011 SAAB 9-5

The all-new Saab 9-5 sedan signals the start of a new era for the Saab brand for 2011. Sleek, sophisticated and unmistakably Saab, it combines stand-out looks with advanced technologies and brings a fresh alternative choice to the premium sedan segment.
The clean, sculpted shape embraces the purity of Scandinavian design and its dramatic wraparound window graphic echoes Saab’s aviation heritage. With frontal styling in a muscular, low-slung stance, the new 9-5 heralds the introduction of a bold, more expressive design language.
Inside the spacious cabin, simple forms define its architecture and echo the design purity of the exterior. Compared to its predecessor, legroom is increased both front and rear. The choice of materials, the fit and finish and the tactile quality of the controls all reflect the new 9-5’s premium appeal.
The driver-focused cockpit is traditional Saab, while its execution is all new. The deep center console sweeps up at a shallow angle around the driver into the main instrument display, which is topped by a neat ventilation zone. The car’s ignition, now a start/stop button, remains between the front seats, next to the gear shift.
Saab has some 30 years experience in turbocharging engines and the all-turbo powertrain line-up in the new 9-5 further develops Saab’s rightsizing engine strategy. The four cylinder choice comprises a 160-hp, 2.0-liter turbo diesel and a 2.0-liter gasoline turbo developing 220 hp. A top-of-the-line 2.8L V-6 turbo, generating 300 hp is offered exclusively with Saab XWD. All transmissions are six-speed.
Base model estimated mpg: 16/27
Estimated starting price: $39,990
Compiled by Motor Matters

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