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2010 Saab 9-5 First Nurburgring Spy Photos

 2010 Saab 9-5 First Nurburgring Spy Photos
2010 Saab 9-5 spy photo on Nurburgring

Larger model may compete with Audi A6, others

Clearer images have surfaced of the heavily-disguised 2010 Saab 9-5 caught on video recently during winter testing. The next-generation 9-5 was spied at the Nurburgring, wearing the same dazzle camouflage and heavy cladding, but some details are nonetheless visible.

The new car is clearly larger, with a long wheel base that suggests ample rear-seat legroom. Speculation calls for the new 9-5 to be almost six inches longer than the current car. The size increase will enable it to compete with vehicles like the Cadillac STS, BMW 5-Series and Audi A6, not to mention the Volvo S80. The wheels and vehicle silhouette visible in these photos suggest that the STS and A6 are targets. The use of LED taillights is again visible, though the new 9-5's overall look seems to be conservative and evolutionary rather than radical.

No mechanical details have escaped as yet, but Saab still has access to GM's stable of engines for the time being, whatever the brand's future may be. That means a range of 2.0 liter gasoline and diesel engines, with about 210 horsepower from the turbocharged 2.0 gasoline four-cylinder. A 3.6 liter V6 and turbocharged 2.8 liter V6 are also possibilities. A choice of front- or all-wheel drive is likely, in keeping with Saab's current lineup.

The 2010 9-5 is due to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor show later this year.

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alessandro
Saab incorporated to GM was even successful in market with his modernized but pale shadows of real Saab cars thanks to the badge load. The new 95 will be a disaster if it is a next result of GM product development and design ideology under the that camouflage not a real Saab.
Apr 28, 2009 9:31 pm
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rcw
I have to agree... I do think that the most recent Saabs have had hideously long overhangs in the front. For some reason these didn't look bad on the old 900's but it's autrocious on the newer models.
Apr 28, 2009 8:42 pm
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James2911
Or a Cadillac CTS - same size and DI 3.6L V6
Apr 28, 2009 6:35 pm
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markloki
think this will be a lot like the 2010 Buick Lacrosse...its also front or four wheel drive i believe
Apr 28, 2009 5:31 pm
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v6s_stink
GM and Ford have strange business plans. They buy auto companies in expensive labor markets at top price. They don't seem to care that these companies have no contemporary products. Thus, they spend billions in developing new product. Then they liquidate the entire project just as the new models are ready to arrive. I do not have a Hahvahd MBA like many of the clowns running these shows, but this doesn't seem so smart. Maybe, my public university learning is holding me back from seeing the genius in this strategy.
Apr 28, 2009 3:36 am
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imthegg
I reckon with thoughts like that you should forward your resume to both GM and Ford, might be able knock some sense into them! ;-)
Apr 28, 2009 7:13 am
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nederina
hey we're looking at a possibility of the next carlos ghosn here! i hope saab gets a full and the flexibility control of building its own car. let's have some faith in them.
Apr 28, 2009 8:43 am
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PlayeR_R
I suppose it would be a great car!Wiht specific character like all of the Saab's models
Apr 27, 2009 10:40 pm
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dom6698
Well the 9000 was a result of badge engineering, and that is what this is a successor to...
Apr 27, 2009 10:20 pm
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Bristol411S3
That's a little unfair. The 9000 was built on a platform codeveloped with Alfa and Lancia. They all had their own identities though and there was no equity taken by Fiat in SAAB (or the other way round). That new 9-5 has monstrous overhangs. I can't help thinking it's going to look bad. Of course, none of this may matter given GM and SAABs precarious states.
Apr 27, 2009 10:29 pm
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Renegade
Nope, no badge engineering, rumors are saying that GM will let SAAB walk alone at the end of the year.
Apr 28, 2009 1:09 am
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nederina
i love old SAABs.. i hope it's not GM's idea of a glorified Opel Insignia
Apr 27, 2009 9:23 pm
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amhirst
And what's a Saab doing in Nurburgring anyway???
Apr 27, 2009 9:02 pm
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