Saab 9-5 released
Manufacturer's List Price*
Saab 9-5 TiD4 Vector Sedan $71,900*
Saab 9-5 Turbo4 Vector Sedan $75,900*
Saab 9-5 Turbo6 Aero XWD Sedan $94,900*
Each model has a range of optional extras available.
15th April, 2011
Now available in Australia, the new Saab 9-5 signals
the commencement of a new era for the Saab brand. Sleek, sophisticated and, dare we say it,
unmistakably Saab. The new model combines stand-out looks with advanced technologies and brings a
fresh alternative choice to the premium sedan segment.
The clean, sculpted shape embraces the purity of Scandinavian design and its dramatic wraparound
window graphic echoes Saab’s aviation heritage. With styling inspired by the award-winning Aero X
concept car and a 'muscular', low-slung stance, the new Saab 9-5 heralds the introduction of a bold,
more expressive design language.
The new Saab 9-5 is manufactured at Saab’s plant in Trollhättan, Sweden.
An extraordinary array of driver focussed technology.
The new Saab 9-5 is the most advanced Saab ever, introducing an array of high-tech features and
benefits that bring the car and driver closer together, while also enhancing the travel experience
for all occupants.
Head-Up Display (Pilot HUD).
Projecting essential data in the windshield through the Pilot HUD, such as vehicle speed, warning
messages, turn indicators and navigation instructions, offers real-life safety benefits, as the
driver does not need to look away from the road. Inspired by similar technology in fighter jets,
the Saab 9-5’s Pilot HUD is shown as a virtual image, seemingly about two metres ahead, within the
driver’s natural eye focus. The display is controlled and adjusted via two switches in the main
fascia adjacent to the driver’s door.
The driver-focussed cockpit is traditional Saab, while its execution is all new. The deep centre
console sweeps up at a shallow angle around the driver into the main instrument display, which is
topped by a neat ventilation zone. Deeply recessed main dials include a rolling ‘altimeter’ speed
read-out, a reference to Saab’s aviation heritage from the Aero X concept. Driver displays,
including the Head-Up Display (Pilot HUD) in the windshield, are predominantly illuminated in
signature Saab green and have a crisp, floating appearance.
Inside the spacious cabin, simple forms define its architecture and echo the design purity of
the exterior. Overall space is increased both front and rear. The choice of materials, the fit
and finish and the tactile quality of the controls all reflect the new Saab 9-5’s premium appeal.
Heated leather electric seats are standard and the Aero Turbo6 also comes with driver seat
Styling and ice block – inspired signature lighting.
The face of the new Saab 9-5 is defined by a deep grille flanked with curving, ice-block
headlamp units. The entire glasshouse is presented as a ‘wraparound’ mono graphic, the disguised
windshield and side pillars giving the cabin Saab’s signature cockpit look.
Viewed from any angle, the new Saab 9-5 cuts a strong and powerful stance. The ‘organic
sculpture’ of the low-slung body blends clean, uncluttered lines with natural, curvaceous shapes.
Brand design cues are evident in the ‘hockey stick’ rear window styling, the strong C-pillars and
the fuselage-smooth surfacing of the bodywork.
The new Saab 9-5’s overall proportions stretch the traditional three-box sedan silhouette,
while avoiding the fastback cliché of a four-door coupé look. The car’s dynamic character is
emphasised by a falling roofline that culminates in sweeping rear pillars, which buttress a
slightly recessed rear screen. Latent energy is conveyed by mudguards that are subtly pulled out
to 'melt' into the wheels. Below that smooth, flat rear boot lid, a full-width, ice-block rear
light bar wraps into fully integrated LED signature lighting.
The sleek shape also contributes to excellent aerodynamic properties. An impressive 0.28 Cd
(coefficient of drag) contributes to reduced fuel consumption and low wind noise. Good high speed
stability is also ensured by near zero lift forces at the front axle and the achievement of
negative, downforce values at the rear, assisted by airflow from the slightly concave surface of
the boot lid. The rear light mouldings are also shaped with small side ‘spoilers’ to further
improve rear stability.
Bi-Xenon Smart Beam.
This is one of the most sophisticated, adaptive lighting systems on the market. It uses
Bi-Xenon headlamps that swivel to better illuminate bends ahead and automatically optimises
light beam patterns to suit the prevailing speed, road and driving conditions. Bi-Xenon Smart
Beam also engages and disengages high beam automatically, relieving the driver of this repetitive
At speeds below 50 km/h, Town Light provides a wide, flat beam so that pedestrians or
potential hazards at the roadside can be better seen. At speeds up to 100 km/h, Country Light
projects a longer beam, while still giving good roadside illumination. Motorway Light increases
the beam length still further, to 140 metres, and is activated only above 100 km/h on straight,
When rain or snow is detected by the windshield wipers’ rain sensor, Adverse Weather Light
provides a wide, asymmetric light pattern which allows the driver to see lane markings better in
all light modes, Dynamic Bend Light provides illumination into oncoming bends by swivelling the
headlamps up to 15° to the right or left, according to the vehicle speed and steering angle.
All turbo engine range.
The new Saab 9-5’s all-turbo powertrain line-up brings together Saab’s expertise in
turbocharging with state-of-the-art engine technologies. Engine options include the Vector
Turbo4 162 kW, Vector TiD4 118 kW and Aero Turbo6 221 kW XWD™. The Vector
Turbo4 produces EEC peak torque of 350 Nm at 2,500 rpm, the Vector TiD4 350 Nm at
1,750-2,500 r/min and the Aero Turbo6 400 Nm at 2,000 rpm. In fact, the fuel efficiency
of the diesel model qualifies Australian drivers for the higher Luxury Car Tax threshold. All
transmissions are six-speed automatic.
Saab XWD™ with eLSD.
Saab’s industry-leading all-wheel-drive system is standard with the 2.8 Aero Turbo6
engine. It offers a more rewarding driving experience and greater control in all road
conditions. This on-demand, active system – integrated and optimised by Saab chassis engineers
– uses a multi-plate Haldex clutch unit to infinitely vary drive torque between the front and
rear axles. Careful programming enables the application of rear drive to balance oversteer and
understeer characteristics. The ESC system is also tuned to optimise the chassis’ sporty
potential without reducing safety margins.
An electronically controlled rear limited-slip differential (eLSD) transfers up to 50% of
rear torque between the rear wheels, to whichever has more grip. Under hard cornering, or when
completing a high speed manoeuvre, such as a lane change, the brief application of more or less
torque to either wheel helps the rear of the car more closely follow the direction of the front
The new Saab 9-5 is the first Saab to offer real time damping control through Saab
DriveSense™, which includes a range of adjustments that helps the car adapt to the way it is
being driven. In addition to the default ‘Intelligent’ mode, two further settings, ‘Sport’ and
‘Comfort’, can be selected via a rotary knob next to the gearshift.
In real time, ‘Intelligent’ mode adjusts the car’s handling characteristics in response to
the driving style. It continually varies the stiffness rates of the electronically-controlled
dampers, the action of the electronic throttle and the degree of power steering assistance. For
example, when the car is being driven in a sporty style, the action of the dampers is
automatically stiffened to improve body control and roadholding; the throttle pedal movement is
shortened for a faster response and steering assistance is reduced for a more direct feel. At
reduced speeds, the dampers are softened for greater ride comfort, the action of the throttle
pedal becomes less aggressive and the steering feels lighter.
The ‘Sport’ setting introduces a firmer range of adjustment for the dampers, offering even
greater body control. In addition to sharpening the throttle pedal response and reducing the
level of power steering assistance, ‘Sport’ mode also raises the gear shifting points with
automatic transmission and sends more drive torque to the rear wheels when Saab XWD™ is
By contrast, ‘Comfort’ mode, optimises ride refinement by enabling a softer range of
adjustment for the dampers and a smoother throttle pedal action. It provides enhanced compliance
over rough road surfaces and is the most appropriate setting for optimum fuel economy.
Variable Effort Steering (VES).
When manoeuvring, parking or driving at low speeds, VES increases the level of power
assistance in order to reduce steering effort. At higher speeds, hydraulic assistance is
automatically reduced to ensure a high degree of steering ‘feel‘ for the driver.
VES uses an electro-magnetic motor on the steering rack, controlled by a coil, to boost or
reduce the level of hydraulic assistance. VES also adapts to the speed at which the steering
wheel is turned, providing progressively increased assistance the faster the wheel is rotated.
The system makes a contribution to reduced fuel consumption by giving hydraulic assistance only
when needed. VES is fitted as standard with Saab XWD™ and Saab DriveSense™.
Advanced Park Assist (APA).
A smart feature enabling the driver to parallel park in tight spaces only one metre longer
than the car’s own length. APA uses ultrasonic sensors in the front, rear and side of the
vehicle. The system detects a suitable parking spot and then plots a perfect reverse parking
trajectory. The driver is instructed how to turn the steering wheel via icons in the main
instrument display and audible chimes.
Chassis systems and technologies are focussed on delivering a sporty driving experience. The
mechanical suspension layouts, for example, are tailored to match the differing performance
characteristics. Different suspension combinations are factory-fitted according to engine power
and are also available with a sport chassis setting.
Advanced Infotainment System.
Offering a wide range of state-of-the-art features as standard, onboard infotainment breaks
new ground for Saab. These include a top-of-the-line harman/kardon® system with true 5.1
surround sound reproduction. The 8-inch touchscreen navigation system also includes a bird’s
eye map view and hard disc drive storage for map and audio data.
Audio source selection has never been more versatile. In addition to the AM/FM radio, the driver
can play music directly from a CD, insert an MP3 player or memory stick into the USB connector, or
even store 10 GB of favourite tracks on a built-in hard drive – all with full control via the
faceplate and steering wheel. The USB connector is located conveniently alongside an AUX connector
and 12V power outlet in the centre console. The USB ‘wires’ the device to the car and offers
instant control through the audio system, the in-car display showing the song title, artist and
In the rear, passengers can enjoy their own entertainment through a dedicated unit in the back
of the centre console.
Two 8-inch screens fold out laptop style from the seatbacks. Entertainment options include
individual audio and DVD selection plus the extra flexibility of using a games console or digital
camera, connected to the AUX input. Sound is provided by wireless headphones.
Communication while on the move is supported by an integrated Bluetooth® hands-free phone
system, which functions via voice command and steering wheel controls.
Start/Stop Button and Keyless Entry/Exit.
Standard throughout the range, a start/stop button replaces the conventional ignition switch.
In Saab tradition, it is located between the seats next to the gearshift. The engine control
unit detects and authenticates a coded signal from driver’s fob and the engine can be started
or stopped by simply pressing the start/stop button. For even greater convenience, a keyless
entry/exit system is also fully integrated. This allows the car to be automatically unlocked
when the door handle is pulled while the fob is still in the driver’s pocket or handbag. The car
can also be automatically locked when the driver leaves it by simply touching the lock area of
the door handle. This ease-of-use feature removes the need to press the unlock/lock buttons on
the standard fob.
Innovative boot storage.
An optional, U-shaped track in the floor carries an adaptable, telescopic cargo divider. The
concept is an evolution of the cargo tracks offered on the previous generation 9-5
SportCombi. This fast and flexible storage solution can keep a wide range of different
sized items in place. The boot is also fitted with bag carrying hooks and an umbrella holder.
The new Saab 9-5 sedan sits on a wheelbase of 2,837 mm. The length, width and height are;
5,008 mm, 2,114 mm (including external rear view mirrors) and 1,467 mm respectively.
Five Star EuroNCAP Safety Rating.
Vehicle safety in the new Saab 9-5 builds on Saab’s successful real-life safety philosophy.
Crash testing and computer simulations are based on what happens in real collisions on real
roads, using the findings of a database covering more than 6,100 real-life accidents involving
Saab cars in Sweden. In this way, the development of the new Saab 9-5 has drawn on all Saab’s
experience with real-life safety accumulated over more than 50 years. Saab safety engineers are
always aware that their ultimate goal is protecting real people, not only dummies in laboratory
crash tests. Real-life safety means the structural design of the car, and the operation of its
safety systems, are evaluated through a large number of in-house crash tests which are
additional to those legally required or carried out by consumer test organisations.
The success of this work is reflected in surveys of real-life collisions by the US Highway
Loss Data Institute (HLDI) and the Swedish Folksam insurance company, where Saab cars have
consistently scored well, several times being ranked best in their segment. In common with all
Saab current models, the new Saab 9-5 has achieved a maximum five-star EuroNCAP rating.
In addition to the full complement of occupant safety systems already installed in Saab
cars, the new Saab 9-5 includes upgraded third generation Saab Active Head Restraints (SAHR 3)
as standard for the front seats and adds rear side airbags, together with pre-tensioning of
the outer rear seatbelts.
Active safety is also improved by functions such as Bi-Xenon Smart Beam, Pilot HUD and
Advanced Park Assist, as described earlier. ESC is fitted as standard across the range and rear
LED brake lights flash under heavy braking to warn following drivers.
According to Saab, now is the time to experience a different perspective.
NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the
numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that
all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the