Saab Automobile takes the next step in the biggest new product offensive in its history when the much-awaited Saab 9-5 SportWagon is unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show.
Sleek and fun-to-drive, the Saab 9-5 SportWagon adds versatility to the widely acclaimed attributes of the Saab 9-5 saloon and will bring a distinctive, alternative choice to the premium large estate segment.
It shares the Saab 9-5 saloon's bold, AeroX-inspired looks and features an extended, falling roof-line which culminates in a steeply raked rear screen flanked by signature Saab 'wraparound' window glazing. The result is an imposing body with a low stance and a dynamic, visual appeal that concedes nothing to the requirements of load-carrying.
Smart cargo handling features include an adaptable multi-fold floor, flexible U-rail load space configuration and under-floor stowage with a sealed wet storage compartment. A programmable, powered tailgate is also available.
Backed by the same all-turbo petrol and diesel powertrain line-up as the Saab 9-5 saloon, the Saab 9-5 SportWagon includes Saab's industry-leading XWD all-wheel-drive system and advanced features such as: Saab DriveSense adaptive chassis control, adaptive cruise control (late 2012), Bi-Xenon SmartBeam adaptive lighting, keyless entry and starting, tri-zone air conditioning and a Head-up Display which projects information, aircraft-style in the windshield.
The order book for the Saab 9-5 SportWagon opens in Spring, with first customer deliveries to follow from September 2011. It will significantly broaden the appeal of the new Saab 9-5 range in a segment where Saab, with its tradition for designing versatile vehicles, has enjoyed estate sales volumes on a par with saloon levels.
Designed in parallel with the saloon, the Saab 9-5 SportWagon shares the same bold frontal styling and adds a swept, 'wraparound' rear window graphic. This echoes the Saab 9-5's signature frontal theme and gives the Saab 9-5 SportWagon its own distinctive identity. The dramatic, sweeping roof-line is extended by a deep rear spoiler integrated into the top of the tailgate. Ultra-slim roof rails that blend into the car's svelte silhouette are fitted as standard.
The tailgate is raked forward to underline the car's dynamic character. It features a full-width 'ice-block' rear light bar which wraps into light units at either side, continuing a new signature Saab styling theme first seen on the Saab 9-5 saloon and Saab 9-4X crossover.
With the seatbacks lowered, the cargo deck is almost two metres long (1,962 mm) and offers an adaptable load capacity of up to 1,600 litres (527 litres, rear seats up). The side walls are completely flat and upright, creating a clean, open space without any hard-to-use corners or rear wheel-arch intrusions. Compartments in the side walls offer convenient stowage for small items. Four tie-down loops and a 12-volt power outlet also come as standard.
The floor, with a signature Saab aircraft-shaped handle, folds back in steps to access under-floor storage, with a sub-floor 65 mm below the main floor height - ideal for the separate stowage of flat or small items.
For additional convenience, the tailgate is available with a remotely-controlled, electric power operation. It can be fully opened and closed via a rotary knob in the driver's door or a button on the car's key fob. A touch pad on the outside of the tailgate, above the number plate, also triggers powered opening and closing.
For ease of loading, the tailgate opens down to bumper level with a lift-over height of only 648 mm. The cargo deck floor is also flush with the tailgate opening to facilitate sliding heavy loads inside. A down-lighter in the tailgate and small sidewall lights provide excellent illumination of the load space at night.
A retracting cargo cover can also be slotted into lugs in the sidewalls immediately behind the rear seats. It keeps items out of sight and includes a convenient one-touch action which allows the ends of the locating bar to slide up channels on the inside of the D-pillars for convenient access to the cargo deck.Published 20 January 2011