The Saab 9-5, a successor to the 9000 was first shown in 1997 and made its North American debut at the Saab Owners Convention in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. It was highly regarded by the press and came with a first of its kind asymetrically turbocharged V-6 engine. The 9-5, designed by Einar Hareide and Tony Catignani.
Over the 9-5’s lifetime, it has undergone two exterior facelifts, once in 2002 and again in 2006. The 9-5’s final production model was titled the “Griffin Edition” as a 2009 model year.
On September 15, 2009, the second generation was presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show and production began in June 2010. It was the first Saab to be launched under Spyker Cars’ ownership, even though it was developed almost completely under GM’s ownership.
The Saab 9-5 was manufactured in Trollhättan, Sweden for its entire 14 year lifetime.
This model for Saab came equipped with the following specifications:
4-Door Sedan, 5- seater, semi Unitary Construction
2002 MY Exterior Facelift, Linear, Arc and Vector & Aero models, bi-xenon light options, integrated grille, clear headlight lense
2006 MY Exterior Facelift
2007 MY 60th Anniversary Edition
2008 MY Nordic Edition
Entirely New Interior Dash with pop-out dash mounted cup holder, world leading SAHR safety system, vented seats, cabin, seats came in cloth and leather with center-mounted ignition.
MY 2001 On Star Added
MY 2001 Aluminum Dashboard Added
MY 2007 Interior Radio “blacktie”
Macpherson struts, split lower wishbone suspension and stabilizer bars. Rear semi-rigid multi-link axle with inner and outer stabilizer bars, coil springs and gas shock absorbers with ABS brakes.
2002 MY Electronic Stability Program
Transversely mounted 16-valve 4-cylinder engine & V6 Turboacharged engine, both with with cast iron block and aluminum head, also a transversely mounted six-cylinder engine, both with direct ignition, throttle boost pressure, turbocharger, fuel capacity 70 liters.
V6 Asymetrically Turbocharged
2.0 LPT 150hp
3.0 V6 LPT
2002 MY V6 TiD
2005 MY BioPower E-85
2007 MY BioPower E-100 Concept
2002 MY Adaptive Automatic
Front Track 1,522mm
Rear Track 1,520mm
Performance Max Speed 144 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph 14 sec(2.0), 9 (2.3), 9 (3.0)
A next generation 9-5 built on the Global Epsilon platform was presented at the Frankfurt International Auto Show in September 2009. The vehicle had its North American debut in October 2009 at the South Florida Auto Show inMiami. On November 24, 2009, the first pre-series Saab 9-5 of the new generation rolled off the Trollhättan production line.
With the announcement of the sale of Saab to Spyker on January 26, 2010, it was confirmed that the new generation Saab 9-5 was already taken into production at the Saab plant in Trollhättan. Full production began in April 2010, with the cars appearing in dealerships on June 19. Saab introduced a wagon variant of the new 9-5, dubbed “SportCombi,” at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. The Saab 9-5 Sedan 2.8V6 Turbo has been named Car of the Year in Singapore by Wheels Asia.
As Saab’s business issues came to a head, production of 2011 9-5 models essentially ended in March 2011, when the production line in Trollhättan was stopped due to supply chain issues that were related to Saab’s liquidity. Total production numbers of the Gen II Saab 9-5 ended at 11280 units.
Although a number of prototype and production pilot SportCombis were produced, the variant did not enter serial production prior to Saab’s bankruptcy in December 2011. There are 27 known surviving production SportCombi vehicles, 22 of which were sold at auction between December 2012 and June 2013.
Trim/equipment levels vary from country to country. In the US Saab 9-5 trim levels are as follows: Turbo4, Turbo4 Premium, Turbo6 XWD and Aero. Turbo4 models come with a turbocharged four-cylinder and are well-equipped with features that include poweradjustable driver and passenger’s seats, leather upholstery, five-spoke alloy wheels, fog lamps and rain-sensing wipers. The Turbo4 Premium adds a panoramic sunroof, headlamp washers, Saab parking assistance, keyless entry and start, memory seats and 18-inch alloy wheels, while the Turbo6 XWD is powered by a turbocharged six-cylinder engine and features an all-wheel-drive system. The top end Aero features 15-spoke “Rotor” 18-inch alloy wheels, leather-trimmed sports seats, a multi-color central information display, Bi-Xenon SmartBeam headlamps, dark titanium-effect interior trim, aluminum sports pedals, a sports-tuned suspension system with real-time damping and unique Aero exterior elements.
UK equipment levels for the 2012 model year include the Vector SE and Aero and both sedan and estate are available. The previous base models, Linear and Vector were replaced by the Vector SE model.
Whilst in other parts of the world more trim levels were available, in Australia the base trim (Linear) was not part of the line up — only the Vector and Aero trims were available.
In North America, the engine choices were either a turbocharged V6 or an Ecotec I4. Other countries, however, had a turbodiesel I4 engine. Engine performance upgrades that were available from Hirsch Performance (Saab’s only factory approved tuner) increased the power of the V6 engine to 330 BHP from 296 BHP and the I4 engine to 296 BHP from 220 BHP.