US Saab 9-5 SportCombi will have 2.0T engine

There was a bit of uncertainty surrounding the US release of the Saab 9-5 SportCombi yesterday.

US press material referred only to ‘a turbo engine’ and Inside Line quoted Saab staffers stating that the new wagon will only come with one engine. Several different publications speculated as to which engine that will be.

After posting some enquiries over to Saab Cars North America, I can now tell you that the one engine in the Saab 9-5 SportCombi will be the four cylinder, 2.0T 220hp engine.

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It makes sense.

Whilst some will lament the lack of a V6, the 2.0T is the volume seller and the economical choice for Saab’s new wagon. Those looking for a halo model, the usual argument for more power, are generally not looking for that halo vehicle in a wagon body.

If they’re only going to certify one model variation in the US market for the time being, the 2.0T is the right choice. It’s a great engine and priced accordingly, will create a lot of interest.

Good call.

zippy
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zippy
5 years 8 months ago

As the large wagon market in the US isnt that big it makes sense to just have the 2.0T. If you want a V6 then the 9-4X is your baby. I suspect the 9-4X will easily outsell the 9-5SC in the US (and Canada) anyway. I agree its a good call.

74stingray
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74stingray
5 years 8 months ago

+1 good call!

SaabKen
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SaabKen
5 years 8 months ago

I think this may be part of Saab’s strategy to ensure they meet, or come under, the new 2016 CAFE standard of 35.5mpg that was signed in by Obama in mid-2009.

John delRosario
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John delRosario
5 years 8 months ago

Great powerplant to start the SportCombi in, now will I would like a XWD manual.

John del
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John del
5 years 8 months ago

I meant I would like one in XWD and manual transmission, but you get the idea. Enter button works faster then the brain sometimes. I can’t wait to see one of these in the flesh.

EE
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EE
5 years 8 months ago

I am with you on the XWD with a manual. Those who want more power could always spring for the Hirsch upgrade.

maanders
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maanders
5 years 8 months ago

Right. Now that Hirsch is coming to the US, that is the route for more power in this case.

Frank A
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Frank A
5 years 8 months ago

I hope they offer an Aero package with the 2.0T for both sedan and SC.

Alex
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Alex
5 years 8 months ago

Me too! No aero package means a no go on the wagon for me. I could look to Hirsch for some added power if needed but the Aero trim is a big selling point for me.

Donald North
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Donald North
5 years 8 months ago

I wouldn’t get worked up over the Aero package. I sat in an Aero 9-5 sedan at the LA Auto Show and wasn’t impressed by the quality of the seats. The seats in my 2003 9-5 Aero wagon/sportcombi are MUCH more comfortable. And I have 30hp more! 😉

E
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E
5 years 8 months ago

I have the 2010 Aero 9-5 sdn with the leather ventilated seats, and they are amazing. Better than my 2006 9-5 combi’s (non-Aero) seats by far. I also like the piece of the seat that slides out to give one’s thigh’s better support. Of course, I did not get to see a non-Aero to compare those seats to the Aero, but I can’t see it getting better these days.

Rogan
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5 years 8 months ago
I sat in the 9-5 Aero seats at the LA auto show also and I’d have to disagree with that, I think they were one of the best parts of the car. The OG 9-5 Aero seats are really good too, but I think the new ones are an improvement. I haven’t sat in the non-Aero seats for the new 9-5, but if the difference between Aero and non-Aero is anything like the difference in other Saabs, I hope they do decide to make the Aero trim available, whether it be as separate options or the complete package, or even… Read more »
Donald North
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Donald North
5 years 8 months ago

To me, the 9-5 Aero seats at the LA Auto Show reminded me of a firm German car seat which are uncomfortable long term to me. I find Saabs ands and Volvos generally have more comfortable seats than BMW, Audio, and Mercedes (with the exception of the S class). When I buy a Saab, I want a Swedish car – not a wannabe German car.

In my opinion, the best seats ever were in the Viggen.

GerritN
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GerritN
5 years 8 months ago

Yes, the Viggen seats are amazing. They really hug your back. My back always feels better after a long drive, I don’t have that with any other car.

GerritN
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GerritN
5 years 8 months ago

Excellent, they followed one third of my advice already. Now just add FWD and manual, make it possible to keep all the costly extras to a minimum and they’ve got a winner.

Chris Carrier
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Chris Carrier
5 years 8 months ago

Your avatar continues to disturb me…. what is it?

GerritN
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GerritN
5 years 8 months ago

My death mask, I like to plan ahead.

Greg Abbott
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Greg Abbott
5 years 8 months ago

This is the only logical choice, to be sure. It would be nice to have a manual option, too, but don’t hold your breath waiting for one.

hughw
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hughw
5 years 8 months ago

I agree the 2.0T is the right call for this market. One thing I’m curious about is the sales figures for 9-5 sedans and combi’s back in a “normal” year like 2004 or 2005. My gut feeling is that the combi had a pretty significant percent of the total. Personally, I know 4 people that owned 9-5s including myself and they all owned combi’s.

Tomas TL1000R
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Tomas TL1000R
5 years 8 months ago

This was my thoughts earlier.

I think your gasoline prices will increase during the year. Therefor I think the 2,0T engine would be right for Saab and even manual as an option.

I dont know how Americans think when they buying Saabs? Lets say that the 9-4X take the bigger more fuel-thirsty part and the 9-5SC stand for the more “less is more” thing!
Thats what Saab is about and the spirit of the company. Otherwise they could go buying an Bimmer or any other German car.

What do you think? Am I to “Swedish” in my thoughts?

maanders
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maanders
5 years 8 months ago
You may be right, Tomas. I have read conflicting reports in the last few months here in the US. Some reports say people are definitely moving away from SUVs and into sedans and wagons (wagons had fallen out of favor here, but may be on the rebound). But then I also read a report that said sales of CUV and SUV was running about the same as in recent years. Last time gas prices went up to $4/gallon here, many people began to think again if they really needed/wanted a SUV. With gas now at $3/gallon and rising, this may… Read more »
Quickening
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Quickening
5 years 8 months ago

Yikes. And the 9-5SC is already off the list.

Jason Petho
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Jason Petho
5 years 8 months ago

Those looking for more power could consider a Hirsch upgrade, no?

Jason Petho

Erik Ekstrom
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Erik Ekstrom
5 years 8 months ago

Bummer. The Audi A6 wagen offers a 300 horse V6 last I checked. I was hoping Saab would match that. I would even look to a Hirsch edition if it was made available. I currently drive a Audi S6 wagon (which I know is usual for someone from the US) and was hoping to upgrade to the new 9-5 combi. My other car is a late model 9-5 Aero and I sure want to stay in the Saab family. I hope Saab reconsiders their engine options to the US.

Barbapappa
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Barbapappa
5 years 8 months ago

Just out of curiosity. Why do you need so much power in a 5 meter long station wagon?

Magnus Olert
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Magnus Olert
5 years 8 months ago

How much does it cost to certify a car variant in the US? It seems to me that the cost they allready have had developing the car should be higher than the cost to certify it? So, if you allready have had the big cost, why don’t you add the small cost so that you can actually sell the car?

The only thing that makes sense is that both the sedan and the wagon shall have the same engine and transmission options.

aaron c
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aaron c
5 years 8 months ago
I have a sneaking suspicion the 2.8T isn’t long for this world. Cadillac has already dropped it and Opel/Vauxhall only uses it in the low volume Insignia OPC/VXR. And Saab probably doesn’t sell too many of them outside the US. It could be there’s a big powertrain change coming for MY2013 and SCNA doesn’t want to introduce a new (low volume) model only to replace it the next year. And on top of this, I thought the 2.0T XWD was a likely proposition for the US in 2012. Will the 9-5SC feature this setup? I think Saab has seen it’s… Read more »
Quickening
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Quickening
5 years 8 months ago
I think you hit the nail on the head. The engine is being phased out left and right and it honestly doesn’t deliver that great of numbers anyways. I really wonder if we will even see the 2.8T in the 9-4x when it starts hitting dealerships. But I don’t get the impression the 3.0TT is anywhere near completion to take the charge,be it for Saab or GM. I wonder if with the combination of Hirsch, Saab plans to drop to one engine, with the available option of Hirsch upgrades to get better numbers. Until they can get a new higher… Read more »
aaron c
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aaron c
5 years 8 months ago

If I were a dealer stocking vehicles I’d steer buyers towards the Hirsch upgrades. But I think in the long-term Saab’s engine partnerships will yield a more efficient and impressive (speaking in numbers) replacement for the 2.8T. Wasn’t GM’s contract with Spyker to prevent powertrain changes only through MY2012? That’s why MY2013 sounds like the time more engines – like the BMW 1.6T slated for the new 9-3 – will be phased in across the range.

Peter Gilbert
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Peter Gilbert
5 years 8 months ago

This is just what we need right now, especially the way gas prices will be heading this year. Other than my first 3-cylinder 96, all-but-one of my Saabs have been 4-Cylinder Turbos which have that renowned performance with economy.

Now the main issue is to find reasonable and competitive leasing arrangements to have the drivers’ seats occupied.

Barbapappa
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Barbapappa
5 years 8 months ago

Did you ever have the feeling that the power in thous 4-Cylinder turbos were not enough?

maanders
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maanders
5 years 8 months ago

Yes, I have enjoyed the 4-cylinder 2.0T on my 2000 9-3 for almost 11 years now. Plenty of power and torque when I need it, but 30+ MPG on highway driving and 25 MPG on mixed driving in town.

I don’t compromise. I own a Saab. 🙂

Barbapappa
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Barbapappa
5 years 8 months ago

4-Cylinder turbo SAABs are definitely located very close to the “sweet spot”.

SaabKen
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SaabKen
5 years 8 months ago

Will the SportCombi provide optional eLSD ?

Nate 9-3
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Nate 9-3
5 years 8 months ago

Given the fact that only one engine would be an option, they made the right choice. It speaks more to the practicality of a large wagon. It can be bumped up to 260 HP for less than the cost of an AERO. It avoids the “sticker shock” that people complained about regarding the 9-5 AERO in 2010.

CPCF250
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CPCF250
5 years 8 months ago

Awesome! Count me in if I can get that in a manual with XWD.
Beautiful looking vehicle, and would fit my needs perfectly.

SaabKen
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SaabKen
5 years 8 months ago

Just read in Car & Driver that the new Ford Explorer (GVW: 4,900lbs) will come with an optional 2.0T Ecotec making 237hp:

http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/car/10q4/2011_ford_explorer_limited_4wd-road_test

“Ford will introduce an optional 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder in 2011, producing an estimated 237 horsepower and 250 pound-feet,”

Bruce
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5 years 8 months ago
If it comes with XWD fine, but in nearly 50 years of driving I have never wished for 4WD when I have FWD and good tires–and we get about 5 months of Winter in Montreal. XWD is more weight (more fuel consumption), and more mechanical and electrical stuff to go wrong. XWD is more image than a necessity in a moderately powered car of this type and size. We need to keep in mind that the sports model is the 9-3. But if that’s what the 9-5 comes with I won’t complain (I’ll just think it’s money for an option… Read more »
74stingray
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74stingray
5 years 8 months ago
@ Bruce… Very good point…about the added weight dragged around for around 360 days of the year, never needed. Would I like a 9-3SS or SC with XWD, sure! Is having it worth the extra loss in MPG and additional cost??…. umm.. maybe not. Living in PA and having two 4WD vehicles in the family… I know of the additional problems. My service guy said most 4wd failures are related to lack of use. The 4wd system sits dormant day in , day out, sometimes for a whole year. When 4wd is then needed, stuff breaks from not having been… Read more »
SaabKen
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SaabKen
5 years 8 months ago

Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I’ve not heard of lots of Subie owners out there with massive failures of their full-time assymetric AWD components

74stingray
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74stingray
5 years 8 months ago

That’s why I mentioned that I know 4wd and XWD are indeed different… my point was really aimed at the MPG loss for the rare need of the XWD.

sorry if I mixed the two too much…

Paddan
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Paddan
5 years 8 months ago

No, new Subie Outback owners are experiencing a front end shimmy that Subaru can’t seem to repair, last I checked.

SaabKen
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5 years 8 months ago
@ Bruce: I think many of us Saabers know and understand the (under-valued) functionality of FWD, esp. on a SAAB 🙂 I also hear a lot of folks who want AWD because they perceive it as being better and safer. Whatever their reasons, in N. America, perception plays a big role in consumer choice. Audi has Quattro BMW has X-Drive MB has 4Matic Volvo has ….. what’s their AWD called anyway ??? Subaru has Assymetric AWD Whatever the marketing jargon, the plain fact is having AWD helps sell cars. Period. Saab needs sales, desperately. Get ’em into the showroom and… Read more »
74stingray
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74stingray
5 years 8 months ago

@ Saabken… valid points too….

74stingray
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74stingray
5 years 8 months ago

@ Saabken….I wish you were right

We know once they become Saabers they become Saabers for ………. life. And that’s good, innit ?

Kandiru January 21, 2011 at 11:45 am

Please please put the 6MT on the 2.8L XWD sedans and combis
by fall or i will have no other option but to hop into an Audi S4 at
the end of my Turbo X lease

benrp
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benrp
5 years 8 months ago

Do we know if the 9-5 SC will come to Australia and with what engines?

turbin
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turbin
5 years 8 months ago

I would say definitely coming. If limited to one engine it would likely be the 2.0T, if 2 engines then 2.0T Linear and TTiD Aero. Why, because that’s the options for the 9-3SC currently on the SAAB Oz site.

Ottawa_Saab
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Ottawa_Saab
5 years 8 months ago

Off Topic, but does anyone know when will Saab Canada update their webpage….it’s almost February. Still no build option, prices, just dealer info…

David
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David
5 years 8 months ago

Hirsch ECU Chip Please!

And I’m not so sure that the 2.0 is that more fuel efficient. I noticed the EPA sticker on the 2011 I saw was 20/28. So only a 1 MPG bump over the 2.8T. And the 2.8T is XWD, the 2.0T was not.

vince
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vince
5 years 8 months ago

Actually Swade I think it’s a bad call, not a good call..even your unscientific poll clearly shows over 30% want a v6 Saab needs to offer a variety of options not just one.. If the one only engine option goes through they will pay for it in lost sales, just my prediction .

Rodney
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Rodney
5 years 8 months ago
I agree with Vince. 220HP won’t cut it. What baffles me is why there is nothing between the 220hp 4 and 300hp 6. Why can’t they bring back the 2.3l only make it more modern? There is easily 280hp in a modern remake of that engine. Oh well I will have to keep driving my 2003 Saab wagon. I won’t buy a 4000lb car with only 220hp. Things are different here in the US. No one buys a $50,000 car because they need it. They buy it because we WANT it. I don’t need 300hp but I want it. I… Read more »
Frank Wulfers
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Frank Wulfers
5 years 8 months ago
Only offering the 2.0T in a large wagon like that is a bad choice for the US market. Haven’t they learned from the lack of a powerful V6 in the previous 9-5? Saab enthusiasts may like the thought of a 4 cylinder engine but the general car shopper who spends $45K on a car in this segment expects a V6. The 9-5 is in different segment in Europe where there are versions with much less equipment and gas prices are so much higher. Yes, gasoline is getting pricier in the US but it really doesn’t matter in this luxury segment.… Read more »
saabken
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saabken
5 years 8 months ago

FWIW ………… just read in Car & Driver that the new Ford Explorer (GVW: 4,900lbs) will come with an optional 2.0T Ecotec making 237hp:

http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/car/10q4/2011_ford_explorer_limited_4wd-road_test

“Ford will introduce an optional 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder in 2011, producing an estimated 237 horsepower and 250 pound-feet …….”

It would seem almost suicidal for the Explorer to even have the notion of a small 4-banger as a base engine and one of only two engine choices.

Like I said above, the new 2016 CAFE standard calls for 35.5mpg.

turbin
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turbin
5 years 8 months ago

Given the apparent “power” sensitivity of the US market, can somebody please explain why Caddy dumped the 2.8T in the SRX citing less than 10% take-up. If fuel economy was not a concern then price? More than 90% are apparently happy with the reportedly very lacklustre non-turbo V6.

On that basis what percent of real buyers would turn down the SC on basis of no V6?

Also I wonder what the historical sales figures were for 2.8T 9-3SC in the U.S. as percentage of overall volume.

Thinking out loud.

Swade
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5 years 8 months ago

I used to have the ballpark figure for 9-3 V6 sales written somewhere. I remember asking about it when they decided to drop the V6 in the US for 2010.

I can’t find it now, but it was something very small. IIRC correctly, it was less than 10% sold in the previous model year being V6s.

You want to slice that up between SportCombi and Sedan sales – the SC would be miniscule.

Frank Wulfers
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Frank Wulfers
5 years 8 months ago

I think the main reason the V6 in the 9-3 didn’t sell was because the Aero trim was $6-7K more than the base models. For 2009, the lowest priced 9-3 was $30,360. The only V6 was offered in the Aero XWD which was $43,605. If they would have offered a V6 Arc for $32K, numbers could have been different.

Aero sport suspension and American roads are not really a good combination.

74stingray
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5 years 8 months ago
OK… done biting my tongue…. It would appear , and maybe it’s just me, that Saab simply cannot satisfy the needs of so many people here. Let’s take a few things into consideration. I would think most of us here are somewhat car enthusiasts… that is why we are here. However…the casual Saab buyer / owner buys a Saab, feels in tune with Saab… but is not a enthusiast… otherwise we would have a bunch more unique commentators here. As enthusiast we desire newer, faster, better….I appreciate those traits and share them as well, to a point. However the hip,… Read more »
Frank Wulfers
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Frank Wulfers
5 years 8 months ago

Fuel economy really isn’t an issue in the US in a $40K+ vehicle. The difference between an average of 20mpg and 25mpg is about $40 a month at 15K miles a year. A car like this including insurance will cost about $600-700 or more a month. Does $40 difference really matter? Yes, fuel economy is important for the 9-3 but not the 9-5.

74stingray
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74stingray
5 years 8 months ago
Really, I think the point i was trying to get was a lot of people complain about this or that but do not sit and see the numbers as the Saab management do. Its the point that historically, the 2.0 must have been the better seller, that why they opted to go with it for the 9-5 combi. Maybe I’m having a hard time typing what i am thinking. I was trying to draw the line with what the few ENTHUSIASTS desire versus what the majority of Saab buyers actually buy. This is why I used the TurboX example. As… Read more »
GerritN
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GerritN
5 years 8 months ago

The math grades in the US have been dropping dramatically over the last 30 years. I’m pretty certain that a lot of people are not able to follow your simple calculations. Instead they will just look at the MPG numbers on the sticker, especially with the gas prices heading in the direction of $4 per gallon again.

Frank Wulfers
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Frank Wulfers
5 years 8 months ago

I am sure the MPG number on the window sticker is important for the average car shopper. But aren’t Saab owners smart and educated? 🙂 I think the targeted 9-5 buyer in the US is someone who earns $100K or more. If my net monthly paycheck was $6000 a month, MPG numbers wouldn’t matter. I certainly wouldn’t lay awake at night of spending $40 more on gas every month.

The V6 is rated at 17/27 but I couldn’t find the numbers for the Turbo4.

Frank Wulfers
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Frank Wulfers
5 years 8 months ago

Numbers for Europe are 9.9 l/100km for the 2.0T and 10.6 l/100km for the 2.8T. This converts to 23.8 and 22.2 mpg. That’s only a difference of 1.6 mpg which is even insignificant for the European market. Why even bother with the 2.0T in the US?

Saabheart
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Saabheart
5 years 8 months ago
Well maybe there’s a reason your net monthly paycheck isn’t $6000. Listen to 74Stingray. The 2.0T sells more so they opted for it. I want more power, especially in a big heavy car, but I’m not a typical car shopper. I own a Lotus, obviously practicality is thrown out the window with that. This isn’t rocket science. Yes it’s a VERY tough sell, a $45000 car with only 4 cylinders and 220hp. And yes you need a 300+hp V6 in this segment, but there weren’t any options so Saab went with the fail-safe 4-cylinder. Bullet proof, tried and proven, and… Read more »
Paddan
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Paddan
5 years 8 months ago
For those who don’t want the 2.0 4 cylinder, for Christmas sake, get either the 9-4x or get the darned Audi if you think its so great. Sales for the SC are so small here that it doesn’t matter what engine they put in there. Reality is that the 4 cylinder drives great and there will be Hirsching available. We should be happy there will be a SC; last year we didn’t know whether the company would even survive. I want Saab to thrive here, but look at the SU poll on the 9-5 powertrains, which speaks for itself.
74stingray
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74stingray
5 years 8 months ago

🙂 +1

Magnus
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Magnus
5 years 8 months ago

Will the hirsch update include the 2.0 later?
If I remember correctly only the v6 had a Hirsch update in the 9-5 in the list we saw here at saabsunited a couple of days ago.

Magnus
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Magnus
5 years 8 months ago

Talking about the us market in my previous post.
Sorry for the 2 post…

Bravada
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5 years 8 months ago
Audi has a V6. Toyota has a V6. Kia has a V6. So what? Even increasing sales fewfold to their desired target levels, Saab will be far from outselling any of the “leading” premium cars. And so be it. Saab is a niche brand for those who don’t want to follow the herd and appreciate good engineering. This includes the appreciation for the power and torque delivery of a well-honed turbo mated to a brilliant automatic (the auto used in the Saab is indeed brilliantly programmed) over a V6 that looks great on paper but only keeps whining on the… Read more »
Henke
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Henke
5 years 8 months ago

Bravada, I agree!! 🙂

Jörgen Trued - SUHRT
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Jörgen Trued - SUHRT
5 years 8 months ago

When will we have a proper discussion on SU on factory warranties. It differs so much between markets. Read an article in DI.se on the swedish market. Saab in the bottom with BMW an ovloV 2 years. Opel 5 years and on the top Mitsubishi with 8 years.

Would Saab sales speed up if they offered 5 years. If the products are so fine and high quality then that would be a piece of cake!

Saab US has always have had longer warranties compared to Sweden.

E
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E
5 years 8 months ago

4 years/50K miles for US.

Do you get the free scheduled maintenance for 3 years/36K or is that different too?

Bravada
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5 years 8 months ago
The only manufacturer to consistently offer “free maintenance” in Europe is BMW. I personally find “free maintenance” to be a very bad idea. Everything you get for free tends to be, pardon the word, crap. BMW incurs the cost of your “free maintenance” and will do everything to drive the costs as low as possible, while service stations will try to get your car out of the door as quickly and effortlessly as possible for it not to cost them too much on a fixed budget. See how GM’s warranty service rates system worked “miracles” for their ownership experience and… Read more »
michaelb
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michaelb
5 years 8 months ago
A lot of the enthousiasts back the decision to offer just the 2.0l engine. Yes we do not know anything for sure about the background of that decision. Nevertheless the whole specification is a another setback, and the whole business plan now looks very shaky.. Saab is not capable of offering a V6, an absolute requirement in the US market, and apparently will offer the 9-5 sc just in combination with xwd. By omitting a V6, Saab positions itself outside the premium segment in its prime target market. If it would be a strategic decision, in other words, not to… Read more »
UWb
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UWb
5 years 8 months ago
Thanks for this clear summary of the situation. In my opinion, this is critical points that needs to be dealt with. Personally, I am not so interested in the 9-4X market and I think that SAAB shall put their resources in Europe on other, more important items, such as the XWD for the Diesel engine for 9-3 / 9-5. It is good to be small in some senses, but in this sense the size and resources of SAAB might lead to longer recovery time. Only looking at the line up with the 9-3, 9-4X and 9-5, this is a good… Read more »
Henke
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Henke
5 years 8 months ago

Michaelb, You are always so bright and shiny! Always so positive!!

Do you really think that they havent studied the numbers how they have sold before? Do you really think when the rest of carmakers is going towards smaller engines SAAB should do the opposite? Even F1 will have 1.6 liter turbo charged 2013!!

michaelb
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michaelb
5 years 8 months ago

Sorry Henke, I do not understand you. Read again what I have written about the 1.6l engine availability for both the 9-3 and the 9-5 regarding the US.
But for such a big and heavy car as the 9-5 is, a four-cylinder will not be sufficient both in the US or in Europe to be in the margin rich premium segment. An 8-cylinder is not necessary.

Bravada
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5 years 8 months ago
There is no “1.6” engine in the 9-3 as we speak. The “163 hp” engine in the 2.0 XWD is a detuned version of the regular LK9 2.0. There is a 1.6 Turbo engine in the 9-5. It’s a Family 1 engine made in Szentgotthard, which is a dud. However good it looks on a paper, it’s a post-haste GM job completed when suddenly the 1.4 DI turbo that was supposed to make 180 HP was canned and plans to retool Szentgotthard to Family 0 canned. In short, it is no better than the 1.4 (which means its pretty weak… Read more »
michaelb
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michaelb
5 years 8 months ago

sorry for the mistake with respect to the 1.6l, however the fuel efficiency of that 163hp seems to be much better than for the 220hp.

Bravada
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5 years 8 months ago
This all boils down to engine programming vs testing cycle. How else would you imagine the 180 hp diesel gets the same rating as the 130 hp diesel. The engine is the very same, as so are all four-cylinder petrol “engines” in the 9-3, which in fact are all different tunes of the LK9. I believe Saab only needs two engines – one petroleum and one diesel. Preferably just one trifuel engine burning CNG and bioethanol/petroleum mixes to get rid of the dirty diesel (diesel is dirty, however you look at it, it just is). With the most power Saab… Read more »
Red J
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5 years 8 months ago

Bollocks !!!
The 163hp XWD engine has exactly the same consumption values as its 210hp XWD counterpart.

If you only want to spread FUD, you are allowed to do it somewhere else.

Tahnk you.

Bravada
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5 years 8 months ago

Actually, initially, the Saab 9-5 was V6-only in the US and somehow this “prevented big sales”. Have you driven the 2.0T and 2.8T and compared them side by side? While I find both engines grand, I don’t think the 2.0T is in any way worse in terms of refinement, and in many ways more modern.

Saab will never be a brand that offers “V6 on the cheap”. That’s Buick. That’s the difference between those brands. Which might be why Buick will continue to outsell Saab fewfold in the US. And that’s OK.

Saabheart
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Saabheart
5 years 8 months ago
It’s to bad horsepower and 0-60 sell cars in America because when it comes to Saab they really shouldn’t apply. If you are going to buy an Audi because it has a V6 option, your loss (and Saabs unfortunately). 🙁 It’s so silly because a Hirsch 2.0T is almost right on par with the V6 anyway, but people can’t get around that, just like they have to have XWD. The average consumer just has no idea what the point of a car is anymore, it’s all status. “I need my XWD and V6.” No, no you really don’t… Poor Saab,… Read more »
GerritN
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GerritN
5 years 8 months ago

+1 about the status.

“Mine is bigger than yours” has already led to too many monster trucks on the road. I’m sorry to say the same is true for sedans, including the new 9-5.

Rodney
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Rodney
5 years 8 months ago
It’s funny reading all the comments. One thing I think we can all agree on is we are passionate for Saab to succeed. Almost a year ago Swade predicted we would be arguing trim levels and here we are doing exactly that. Just some further comments on the US desire for more HP… We have rediculously low taxes on fuel here. We could argue all day on the ethics/merits of that. If Europe had low taxes on fuel and it was less than $3 a gallon like here I think we would see a completely different picture. I think the… Read more »
Rodney
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Rodney
5 years 8 months ago

Also just to add fuel to the fire… The Audi A6 in the US is only available in the states with a 300hp V6.

http://models.audiusa.com/a6-avant/engines

Bravada
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5 years 8 months ago

The more reason for Saab to be different and take care of he other customer segment.

Troels, Denmark
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5 years 8 months ago

Not to be harsh; but I sometimes feel that many – especially American – commenter’s here tend to argue that Saab should be compared to Subarus etc. when talking is about price-matters and to Audis etc. when talking are about engines and equipment…..

SAAB_andee
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SAAB_andee
5 years 8 months ago

1+ troels but also they compare design with acuras and buicks . americans have no idea what good design is. 🙂

74stingray
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74stingray
5 years 8 months ago

@ Saab_andee……pfft. 😉 rubbish… we gave the world the Edsel, the Pinto and the Dodge “K” car….. pfft… lets not forget the Gremlin… double pfft.

what did you Europeans give us????? The LeCar.

pfft pfft pfft 🙂

SAAB_andee
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SAAB_andee
5 years 8 months ago

everytime i see the gremlin i think at waynes world 🙂

great cars – 🙂 of course we european love the fiat multipla OG 🙂

74stingray
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74stingray
5 years 8 months ago
See, who has the bad taste in car design??? Waynes World featured the wonderful AMC PACER, not the Gremlin 😉 plus, our gas guzzlers in the late 60’s were pumping out 400+ HP while you euros were still putzing around with 2 stroke three bangers….. so ease off the American bashing will ya otherwise I’ll have to get drunk and kick my dog. 🙂 I was having a uneventful friday afternoon till now 😉 , Thanks Andee… ( I hope you notice my sense of humor and do not take my foul comment seriously. Otherwise may the fleas of a… Read more »
SAAB_andee
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SAAB_andee
5 years 8 months ago

sorry 74 i haven´t seen waynes world for a while but the amc pacer is also a wonderful car 🙂

it´s friday and TGI(am european) so i can drink a wonderful sanmichlaus beer (better than a bud light 🙂 )

74stingray
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74stingray
5 years 8 months ago

BLECH! Yet another insult…. suggesting bud light…. pfft

Weihenstephan Krystallweiss… thank you very much… or shall i say, Danke!

whew, nice to have some fun humor in between the doomsday comments,

GerritN
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GerritN
5 years 8 months ago

Btw, we’re not the only ones discussing engines. Most people on the Porsche Boxster forums are horrified by the prospect of getting the Audi TT 4-banger for the 2012 Boxster model.

North Toronto Punter
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5 years 8 months ago

“According to sources, the engine is a 2.5L and the turbocharged version puts out around 360-hp.”

I wish we were having that discussion too….

GerritN
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GerritN
5 years 8 months ago

Yes, enough power, but it will increase the height of the center of gravity, i.e. handling will suffer. It will also not sound like the good old flat six anymore, but rather like a …..Saab…?

saabken
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saabken
5 years 8 months ago

At least Porsche isn’t re-introducing this ……………

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