THE NEW SAAB 9-5 RANGE
NORCROSS, Ga. - More contemporary, more appealing - and more sporting to drive, too. That's the new Saab 9-5 range. Both sedan and wagon versions have received a significant series of enhancements and improvements that substantially strengthens Saab's position in the premium-car segment.
Saab introduces a new model line-up for the 9-5 sedan and 9-5 SportWagon. A new model designation system - called "forms" - replaces the previous model hierarchy. These forms, derived from the world of architecture, allow customers to choose from three distinct vehicle personalities. Each form is matched with unique interior trim, upholstery, wheel package and powertrain.
The simplicity of Swedish design is represented by Linear, which features the 2.3t engine, a 185-hp light-pressure turbo four-cylinder. The next form is Arc, designed to emphasize a sports touring role, with ventilated leather seats, additional comfort features and the 200-hp 3.0t asymmetrically turbocharged V6 engine. Aero is the ultimate performance derivative, with bolstered sport seats, 17-inch wheels and the 2.3T, High-Output Turbo (HOT) engine.
The high-performance Aero model features a more powerful turbocharged 2.3-liter engine, now boosted to 250 hp. Automatic Aero models now benefit from a 15 lb.-ft. torque upgrade, thanks to a brand-new five-speed automatic transmission capable of handling the HOT engine's full 258 lb.-ft. torque output. The new transmission, which constantly monitors its own performance and adapts to prevailing driving conditions, replaces the previous four-speed automatic.
The carefully crafted visual appearance of the new Saab 9-5 range has been subtly reworked to give it a more sporting and more contemporary look. The revised front end features new clear headlamp lenses, and an optional bi-xenon lighting system, available on 9-5 Arc and Aero models, which doubles the light output.
The chassis has been substantially reworked to provide a sportier and more responsive driving experience, with crisper turn in and greater steering precision. There's also the addition of ESP (Electronic Stability Program) for the first time in a Saab, optional on Linear, and standard on Arc and Aero. ESP has been engineered to accentuate driving control close to the limits of adhesion. Packaged with an improved anti-lock ABS braking and traction control system (TCS), this is a system that Saab engineers believe to be truly class-leading.
Finally, the 9-5's safety features - built on Saab's robust real-life safety philosophy of "balanced forces" - have been further upgraded. The new Saab 9-5 range features new adaptive airbags with a passenger-sensing system, re-tuned seatbelt performance, a new interior headliner that meets the latest U.S. requirements, better knee protection for both driver and passenger, and ISOFIX child-seat-mounting points.
"We have made a number of meaningful changes in virtually every aspect of vehicle development and design," said Peter Augustsson, president and chief executive officer of Saab Automobile AB, "which makes the new Saab 9-5 very different from the car we launched in 1997. It is now sportier to drive, it has a more modern appearance, and there's a range of engines that significantly broadens the vehicle's appeal. It means we shall be able to engage more effectively and more competitively in European markets. However, the new 9-5 remains the choice for individualists who value Swedish design, engineering integrity and Saab's real-life safety record. And, of course, Saab's unique turbocharged driving experience."
All 2002 Saab models continue to feature the latest generation OnStar system. This package includes voice-activated, hands-free personal calling and access to personal e-mail, in addition to voice-activated internet connectivity for information like stock quotations, customized news, etc. Customers can configure vehicle settings from the Saab USA website. OnStar's continuing safety and security features like automatic airbag notification and route guidance enhance Saab's real-life safety philosophy. Twelve months of OnStar's premium service is included.
Saab will also continue its no-charge scheduled maintenance program, which covers all Saab 9-5 models for 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. This program covers all the factory recommended scheduled maintenance (excluding wear and tear items). Saab's outstanding warranty coverage includes bumper-to-bumper protection with 24-hour roadside assistance for four years/50,000 miles. Perforation coverage extends for six years with no mileage limit.