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Frankfurt Motor Show: Saab 9-5

Saab reveals its long-overdue luxury car update

Frankfurt: the new Saab 9-5 saloon

The new Saab 9-5 saloon

Saab made an impressive comeback at the Frankfurt Motor Show with an all-new 9-5 saloon. The new 9-5 is possibly the most important car ever launched by the Swedish carmaker, which is now under new ownership.

The good news is that the 9-5 combines classic Saab design cues with the latest technology to make it a worthy luxury car rival to BMW, Mercedes and Jaguar.

Although the overall shape of the new 9-5 is reminiscent of the classic Saab 900, there’s nothing old fashioned about what’s going on underneath it.

While the new 9-5 shares the same platform as the , its Swedish makers are keen to stress that around 70% of it is pure Saab. These areas include the DriveSense adaptive chassis that features real-time damping control.

New 9-5 has turbocharged engines

In keeping with Saab’s affection for turbo power, all the engines in the new line-up are turbocharged. There will be petrol choices at either end of the range, with a 1.6 and 2.8 available. However, the biggest seller is likely to be the mid-range 2.0 diesel.

Saab has gone back to its aero roots to add innovative touches to the cabin. One clever idea that has been taken from aircraft cockpits is the head-up display that projects important information onto the windscreen in front of the driver so he doesn’t have to take is eyes off the road ahead. It works in conjunction with the plethora of steering wheel switchgear that allow him to control the car’s navigation and infotainment systems remotely. The size of the windscreen display can be altered to suit the driver.

There were also discreet chrome gear levers on the steering wheel of the automatic model we sat in at the Frankfurt show – another innovation to promote driver concentration as they mean both hands can be kept permanently on the wheel.

We already know the new Saab 9-5 saloon will hit showrooms in 2010, but there’s no word on pricing yet.

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