Saab 9-5 Spied with Undisguised Front & Rear Lights

 Saab 9-5 Spied with Undisguised Front & Rear Lights
2011 Saab 9-5 Prototype with Uncovered Front & Rear Lights / Autoscoop.biz / Gawid

The next-generation SAAB 9-5 seems to be hogging a great deal of the spotlight lately. These spy pictures follow closely to another recent batch on the Nurburgring and winter testing video. This time SAAB has loosened up a bit on the black disguises and revealed both the front and rear lights. As is now customary in the auto world, both sets will have LEDs.

Nothing is confirmed as far as engine details are concerned. But it is safe to assume that existing General Motors family powerplants will be sourced to form the basis for the range. Therefore SAAB will stay true with turbo technology which includes a 2.0-litre petrol turbo worth 210hp (155kW) and a 2.8-litre V6 producing about 258hp (190kW).

The 9-5 may be a conservative executive sedan in the mould of Volvo's S80 or Lexus' GS, yet this time its overall design seems to have broken through into the domain of modern four-door coupes such as the Mercedes CLS-Class and upcoming Audi A5 Sportback/A7. The roofline is sloping, the wheelbase is longer and the roof is higher.

More will come before the official reveal at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.


Published May 8, 2009 6:56 am By Thami Masemola
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I like it. Sleek and sexy fastback, just like a Saab should be. The current 9-5 is nice too.
May 9, 2009 11:05 pm
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Saab is about the only carmaker that has these curvy windscreens, from the side that looks exciting I like it
May 9, 2009 9:18 pm
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Nothing exciting to see here. Just Saab sticking to their dull old lines.
May 8, 2009 7:57 pm
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If you can get that damn close to a car. I wanna see some interior shots cuz you know that is what everyone really cares about with this saab (its gonna have a generic look exterior anyway)
May 8, 2009 7:06 pm
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I've always liked Saabs but i think this one is going to look really good :) I don't like the current 9-5...
May 8, 2009 7:05 pm
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Previous generation Mazda6 anyone?
May 8, 2009 5:53 pm
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too safe and soft for me..slab sides and 5 series back end not the way... a five door passat cc should of been what saab was thinking about.Aero might be our only hope.
May 8, 2009 5:07 pm
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It will look like the Taurus or some other GM car.
May 8, 2009 4:36 pm
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I hope this car has the front grill of the 9-3 and not the current 9-5 because its weird, also, i think i like the tail lights though.
May 8, 2009 4:13 pm
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These headlights are really cool. I cant believe that General Motors is shedding Saab from its portfolio. It is a good car indeed. I hope Saab continues sales in America. Rahul Indian Car Advisor (Carazoo.com)
May 8, 2009 3:34 pm
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I think we'll soon have enough "exciting" 4dr coupes and estates sacrificing space and practicality in the name of desing. Saab should instead stay true to the combi-principle and make this a practical 5dr with a large hatch, yet still looking timeless, and sleek too, unlike the Superb. That, I think, would be the more exciting choice at this point; not going with the flow.
May 8, 2009 2:17 pm
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May 8, 2009 4:13 pm
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I just don't see the coupe outline at all. This is nowhere near rakish enough. It just has a sloping back. But then do did the Nissan Primera 5-dr. As much as I appreciate SAAB, I fear this car just isn't exciting enough.
May 8, 2009 12:24 pm
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still doing the bangle butt,where is the soul man of a true saab? hopefully somebody will pick up the brand and freshen up its lineup otherwise "gone Too soon"
May 8, 2009 12:09 pm
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