Saab unveiled its new 9-5 flagship at the 2009 Frankfurt auto show in September last year amidst doubts that the brand would survive. Eight months later, Saab is still alive, and has even announced pricing for its new flagship. The 2010 Saab 9-5 Aero will start at $49,990 and arrive in the States in July.
Those familiar with the Saab brand will know that the Aero moniker is reserved for its top-of-the-line models, and the 9-5 continues that naming tradition. The 9-5 Aero is the only model Saab will launch for the short 2010 model year, but a 2011 model year non-Aero version will arrive this fall. The new 9-5 Aero is powered by a 300-horsepower turbocharged 2.8-liter V-6 engine and the non-Aero 9-5 will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. According to Saab, the base 9-5 will start under $40,000 when it hits dealerships in the fall.
Production of the 9-5, which under General Motors was scheduled to launch last autumn, has just begun in Trollhatten, Sweden. Saab's savior/new owner, Spyker Cars NV, began preparing for production as soon as Saab's purchase from GM was completed in late February.
The 9-4x crossover utility, to be built alongside the Cadillac SRX in GM's Mexican assembly plant, goes on sale early next year. A 9-5 SportKombi station wagon will debut shortly after that.