2011 Saab 9-5 Auto Review

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2011 Saab 9-5

The beginning of a new era

Witzenburg on 08.17.2010

Back a few when newly appointed Motors Design Vice Ed Welburn was asked how he could each of GM’s (then) U.S. brands fresh, and different from each he said each would an icon vehicle from its design language would be Before Sweden’s Saab was to exotic Dutch sports-car Spyker early this it was one of those eight. What was icon vehicle for future design? The old eccentric Saab

That made sense the first-generation 900-introduced in 1978 and through 1993-is considered the most design-iconic vehicle. But its very unique styling be to look appealing today, and Does it translate to the new 2011 9-5?

Today’s Saab 9-5

Saab 9-5

Inside its quiet, spacious are more strong, simple, Saab shapes echoing exterior design. Legroom is front and rear vs. the previous 9-5, and the interior materials, fit and finish and quality of the controls all have a premium feel.

Infotainment include premium Harman/Kardon audio and GPS navigation with an touchscreen and hard-disk storage for map and 10 GB of music. Inside the deep console are USB and Aux connections and a 12V power Rear passengers in a new Saab 9-5 have their own audio and controls and available DVD video foldout screens in the backs of the seats.

Each available Saab 9-5 comes with its own suspension and calibration, and each is available a sport chassis setting. An of state-of-the-art technologies-including what calls its DriveSense adaptive with driver-adjustable settings and damping control, dynamic assist and XWD (Saab’s advanced, all-wheel-drive system) with a electronic limited-slip differential to deliver a great driving

Other available high-tech in the 2011 Saab 9-5 include an display called Pilot Bi-Xenon Smart Beam headlamps, adaptive cruise and tri-zone air conditioning. Our only was the lack of an available rear-view a major omission in this range.

Saabs have been fine-handling front-drive and the turbo-four models are Saab’s ever dynamically. Their is crisp and responsive, their reliably strong, and their take a set and hold on through and faster sweeping curves.

The of XWD (standard with the turbo-V6) virtually all annoying FWD understeer. The 9-5‘s driver-selectable DriveSense adjusts damping rates, feel, transmission shift throttle response and even torque distribution with a switch. Its settings are Comfort, and Intelligent (automatic).

This all-new 2011 9-5 is most technically advanced car Based on a GM architecture and powered by GM it is built at Saab’s Trollhättan, home plant, where it was and (mostly) developed, it is a serious in the premium Euro-sedan segment. year will come a 9-5 wagon and a 9-4X, a mechanical to Cadillac’s strong-selling new SRX and Saab’s crossover, then an all-new 9-3 for

This car is the start of a new era for our brand, Saab CEO Jan Åke Jonsson, adding the newly independent company a safety net in the form of technology with GM. The 9-5’s Epsilon II can be used through two complete and the powertrains can be sourced from GM for as as Saab wants them.

The brand and its Swedish maker, by a sizable cadre of loyal nearly died when GM put it up for and early efforts to sell it Then along came to save and revive it at the last moment. The current 9-3 is a pretty car, but if this new 2011 9-5 is any indication, Saab should and prosper again.

Former automotive engineer Witzenburg has been writing the auto industry, its people and its for major magazines, newspapers and web for more than 20 years.

He was to a Saab press preview in Sweden where he tested all Saab 9-5 models.

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