While SAAB cars' design got closer to the mainstream around the turn of the century,
the latest facelifts turned them back
into more extraordinary ones. The new top-of-the-range
model, the 9-5, is continuing with this style, however it is sleeker than
the previous 9-5 and the current 9-3 model.
So the new one is now a bit as odd as SAAB cars had been in the
company's very best years. Time will tell whether shape brings back the old
reputation which is likely to be a basic condition for the company
to work profitable. There will also be a station wagon. Not only it's
more practical, it even looks better than the sedan.
Whereas first 9-5 was a rival to the A6 and the E-class, by it's
dimension the new SAAB tackles the flagships of the German premium makes,
meaning the A8 and the S-class. However, the Swede is supposed to be
significantly cheaper than the Teutonic offerings.
Besides a sporty evolution, the Aero, there will be more ecologically
friendly options, including at least one diesel engine! An interesting
question is how they get hybrid drive in the car. Maybe this one
will be supplied by former mother company GM. New owner Koenigsegg, on the other
hand, may be helpful when it comes to evolutions.
The Swedish super car manufacturer could contribute some technological know how which
could enhance SAAB's image. But, there's another interesting
issue with the ownership: How long could a small super car maker afford developing
competitive vehicles in times when even Daimler deem themselves too small for some things