Three new Saab engines for the 9-5 sedan -- all turbocharged -- will debut at the Paris Motor Show. The new 9-5s will join the 9-3 ePower Electric Vehicle at the Saab stand at the Paris Motor Show.
Currently, the U.S.-spec Saab 9-5 is powered by a turbo 2.8-liter six-cylinder engine making 300 horsepower. The new 2.0-liter BioPower four-cylinder engine will produce about 220 horsepower on E85 fuel, pure gasoline, or any blend in between. With direct injection and variable valve timing on the inlet and exhaust sides, the 2.0-liter turbo engine likely will be badged a 2.0T and be priced in the high $30,000 range when it comes to the U.S.
A 190-horsepower 2.0-liter diesel will also make its debut at the Paris show. Like the 2.0-liter BioPower engine, this diesel will be available in front-wheel-drive and, for the first time, all-wheel-drive 9-5s. The two-stage turbo diesel engine helps propel the 9-5 from 0-62 mph in under nine seconds.
At low engine speeds, Saab says, the small turbocharger supplies boost pressure independent of engine load. At intermediate engine speeds, the larger turbocharger kicks in and at high engine speeds, only the large turbocharger is used.
Another new engine is a 1.6-liter gas turbo that brings down the price of the 9-5 in European markets. Front-wheel-drive Saabs with this 180-horsepower engine will move from 0-62 mph in 9.5 seconds. Don't expect to see this engine with U.S. market 9-5s but it could see duty inside a new 9-3.
In the U.S., Saab 9-5s will now offer a blind-spot indicator and remote engine starting. For all your Paris Motor Show updates, stick with Automobile magazine.