Saab 9-5 SC spyshots

Here it is. The first Saab 9-5 SportCombi spotted in the wild.

The car was seen earlier today, out in the open, in Trollhattan. This car will make its public debut at the Geneva Auto Show on March 1.

Thanks to Djup Strupe for the images.

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Saab 9-5 SportCombi

The car was badged as an Aero TTiD and it’s certainly got some significant road presence.

The registration information on the car is as follows:

Registreringsnummer: LFB248
Fabrikat: SAAB
Färg: SVART Fordonsslag: PB
Fordonsår: 2011 Fordonsslagsklass: I
Chassinummer: YS3GR5MK7C9000003
Typgodkännandenummer:
Typgodkännandedatum:
Senaste EU-regbevis del 1: 2010-12-16
Senaste EU-regbevis del 2: 2010-12-16
Handelsbeteckning:
Upplysningar:

Ägare/Brukare
Namn: SAAB AUTOMOBILE AKTIEBOLAG
Adress:
Postnr: 461 80 Förvärvsdatum: 2010-12-15
Ort: TROLLHÄTTAN

Försäkringsuppgifter
Försäkringsbolag: ZURICH IRELAND LTD
Försäkringsdatum: 2010-12-15

Fordonsdata
Fordonsstatus: I trafik (2010-12-20)
Tillfällig registrering: Nej Privatimport: Nej
Antal ägare: 1 Yrkesmässig trafik: Nej
Fordonet tillverkat:
Producentansvarig: 556258-8912
I trafik första gången i Sverige: 2010-12-20
I trafik första gången i utlandet:

Ägarbunden dispens: Ja
Ägarbunden dispens upphör: Nej

Besiktningsuppgifter
Besiktningstermin: 2013-08-01 – 2013-12-31
Senast godkända besiktning:
Föreläggande:Nej
Körförbud:Nej
Vägmätarställning:

Skatteuppgifter
Fordonsskattepliktigt: Ja Användningsförbud: Nej
Årsskatt, kr: 5350

Återbetalning vid avställning, kr: 1738
Debiterad fordonsskatt, kr: 0
Debiterad avgift, kr: 0
Betalningsmånad/er: januari, maj, september

Förfallen fordonsskatt/avgift, kr: 0

Vägtrafikregisteravgift: 65 kr ska betalas samtidigt med årsskatten. Har fordonet delad uppbörd ska vägtrafikregisteravgiften betalas i huvuduppbördsmånaden.

Tekniska data
Motornummer:
Kaross: Kombi (03)
Karosserikod särskilda ändamål:
Slagvolym, cm3:
Växellåda: MANUELL

Antal passagerare, max: 4
Antal sittande passagerare, max:
Antal bältade passagerare, max:
Antal passagerare i rullstol, max:
Antal stående passagerare, max:

Skattevikt, kg: 1910
Tjänstevikt, kg: 1910
Totalvikt, kg: 2375
Sänkt totaltvikt, kg:

Max släpvagnsvikt, kg:
Max släpvagnsvikt kg, obromsad:
Släpvagns maximala totalvikt vid B-behörighet, kg: 1125
Max sammanlagd bruttovikt, kg:
Max lastvikt, kg: 465

Jr.
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Jr.
5 years 7 months ago

Can’t wait to buy one! Looks stunning, and huge!

JH
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JH
5 years 7 months ago

It looks very nice! I think it can sell very well just through its design, since a lot of comments on the first official 9-5 SC picture were very positive at many car websites. 😀

74stingray
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74stingray
5 years 7 months ago

my thoughts…. “That thing looks beefy”

Jeff
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Jeff
5 years 7 months ago

Baby got back.

74stingray
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74stingray
5 years 7 months ago

Thanks, I needed that.

ivo 71
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ivo 71
5 years 7 months ago

Baby’s got a real nice a$$… 🙂

Ivo

laurent
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laurent
5 years 7 months ago

Or as the Germans would say

Auch ein schöner Rücken kann entzücken
(a nice back can be charming too)

Nico
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Nico
5 years 7 months ago

I do feel, looking at the rear line on the left hand side (in front of the 9-3), it resembles the line of a 2007/2008 Subaru Outback. Not the roof line, just the way the rear window transitions into the light cluster.

Don’t get me wrong, I do like myself a good looking Saab Wagon, but I’ll have to get used to this. What I am also wondering is why the badging is so low on the trunk lid. Then again this may change when going into production.

Peter Gilbert
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Peter Gilbert
5 years 7 months ago

I agree with the badges, they would look more aesthetic on the same line as the Saab emblem. Unlike the first photo which was released a fortnight ago this one has low profile roof-rails that real add a classy look.

elsch
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elsch
5 years 7 months ago

The badging might stay in this position as the upper part is used by the lamps. – The saloon doesn’t have these split rear lights.

Don’t like badges, so mine wouldn’t get it anyway.

MV
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MV
5 years 7 months ago

One member of the Finnish Saab Club forum who lives in Nyköping, Sweden wrote that the badges will not stay down there. Apparently he still has some connections to Trollhättan factory as he used to work for Saab.

till72
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till72
5 years 7 months ago

My dealer got two 9-3 a few weeks ago. They also got the badges way down. Not my cup of tea but I’d remove them anyway.

aZuL2001
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aZuL2001
5 years 7 months ago

XWD ?

Red J
Member
5 years 7 months ago

I don’t think so.
The car is 5 kilo lighter than the 9-5 Sedan TTiD XWD, and only 75 kilo heavier than the FWD TTiD.

I say only because the 5-series Wagon is 90 kg heavier than the sedan, and the E-Klass Wagon is 110 kg heavier than the Sedan.

MarkoA
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MarkoA
5 years 7 months ago

Max load 465kg. That´s not really much, is it.

aZuL2001
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aZuL2001
5 years 7 months ago

That”s compared with the registration info. And probably correct when registrating.
Like you never changed something you “forgot” to mention/report. 😉

till72
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till72
5 years 7 months ago

Looks great!

svx92
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svx92
5 years 7 months ago

Wish it was a lighter color so we could see more of the body sculpting lines- but i love how the rear gate flows into the bumper. If they make it with a 9-5x body cladding, the wife will want it – she laments her old Audi allroad which is no longer availble in the states-

JKing
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JKing
5 years 7 months ago
Being from the US I tend not to favor wgaons like most of us here but this is different to me….I really feel this car could be successful here. It is large and with it’s roomy interior along with good mileage and technology and of course a very unique look it might sell well here….has a nice presence and chunky stance. Can’t wait to see in the metal! I was blown away on how big the new 9-5 was when I first went to take a look at it and this SC is obviously larger than that so I can… Read more »
Tompa
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Tompa
5 years 7 months ago

That piece of sexyness will sell pretty d well. Y U M M Y ! ! ! ! !

Cheers/Tom

74stingray
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74stingray
5 years 7 months ago

I must say, I don’t think I have ever “heard” you speak so scandalously 🙂

but i agree

Tompa
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Tompa
5 years 7 months ago
Ah my friend, I doo have a diabolic side too. 🙂 There can hardly be another brand with a wagon as sexy at the moment as the new 9-5SC. The Merc C-klasse is good looking, but it´s still just to conservative. The new BMW 5-series tries to mimic Audi and well the Volvo V60 looks… strange. I thought that there would be a risk of Saab going the same way as BMW and looking to closely at the competition.. But no.. Saab has made their own style for others to follow. I truly believe that Saab has something big here..… Read more »
Patrik B
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Patrik B
5 years 7 months ago

Great to see it on the road.

But I think I will have to see one in the flesh before I finally decide on if I like the line sloping line of the doors. From this photo I am not overwhelmed with the result…

Daniel B
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Daniel B
5 years 7 months ago
+1 Sorry guys. I just can´t get around howthe lines of the rear looks like thay have been just added to the sedan. The slope of the rear door don´t harmonize with the rear end of the car at all. Too bad. When the OG 9-5 SC was released, Saab acually pronoused how proud they were that basically everything fron the front doors and backwards were unique for the SC compared to the sedan. Whatever happened to that way of thinking in the designprocess of the NG 9-5 SC? Sure it looks different, and Saabs should be different, but there… Read more »
UWb
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UWb
5 years 7 months ago
I agree with you Danny. Now, we know that SAAB has short of cash, but how much does it really cost to design a new backseat passenger door, because this is what basically is missing in the harmony of the car. Second point. The chrome “hockeystick” on the sedan is very effective on the sedan, but on the SC, they should take that away. Again, it does not give the harmony to the lines and strengthens the impression that this is a sedan which they have but a big trunk on and not a unique car. Otherwise it looks stunning… Read more »
Börjesson
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Börjesson
5 years 7 months ago

Rumour has it that for the Combi, they will add something like 12 000 kr to the price of the Sedan. A Linear Turbo 4 manual (220 hp) would then have an MSRP of 323 000 kr.

I wonder how many Swedish buyers will want to spend 30 000 extra for a 9-5 SC instead of a V70. It certainly looks better, but are there any other advantages?

zippy
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zippy
5 years 7 months ago

Yes. Its better and doesnt look like a brick on wheels. 😉

Nice looking wagon. I bet there will be a rush of Swedes to their local dealer now this picture has been leaked followed by the rest of the world once they have woken up.

RS
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RS
5 years 7 months ago

Who in their right mind would buy a wagon ovlov now that there’s a big Saab wagon around the corner 😉 Even if it end up costing a tad more than the old hideous V70. (sorry)

SAAB profitability UP!

Bengt P
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Bengt P
5 years 7 months ago

A big part of SAAB sales in Sweden are company cars and there is à limit (7,5 basbelopp?) 2010=321 000 SEK before you get a very high tax on the company cars. You then typically get 10% discount on a company car. A base S/C Linear diesel (that I think will be the most common version here) will have price over 330 000 SEK before discounts, and I wonder how this will affect sales.

Jeff
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Jeff
5 years 7 months ago
I understand how you’re saying the sedan and this sportcombi have the same roof line and door/side window graphic from the A to the C pillar. What I don’t understand is how you’re saying the the OG 9-5 had a pronounced difference in the same area. For me this looks like they followed the exact same design strategy. I like how this differentiates itself from the 9-4x’s rear window design which is integrated into the hatch itelf while remaining true to the OG 9-5’s details. I don’t mean this in a harsh way, but I think you’re blowing this detail… Read more »
Saabulon
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Saabulon
5 years 7 months ago

+1 I think it pays homage to OG 9-5 design, which I have really come to like over the years and which I think will be true this time around as well. Normally I’m not a big fan of turning a sedan into a wagon simply by adding a box. However, in this case I think it resembles the OG 9-5 in just the right way and not like the “cheap” solutions you have seen from some other manufacturers.

James
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James
5 years 7 months ago
I noticed the same thing as Daniel + agree with him + UWb. Find a picture of the OG 9-5 wagon and compare: the line of the top of the rear door window of the OG 9-5 is aligned with the top of the window in the wagon. In the new 9-5, the rear door window line swoops downward + there is no way for the glass in the wagon part to pick that up. They needed to redesign the door to get that alignment, and it’s pretty clear that this was likely a decision made to save cost (using… Read more »
Belfast_saab
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Belfast_saab
5 years 7 months ago

Maybe the hockey line in chrome could also be picked out against the rear windows too, in other words the c-pillar becomes picked out in chrome to balance the front hockey line? Radical, tacky, bling – don’t know but might be worth a quick sketch anyone who is good at that sort of imagery.

Daniel B
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Daniel B
5 years 7 months ago
Hi Jeff, When I was attending the release of the OG 9-5 SC in 1999 the made it quite clear that all netal behind the front door was unique, and not just some “add-on” to the sedan. James coment below explains the issue just wonderfully. What I don´t get is that the basic design of the NG 9-5 was made back in the GM-era, just when they had realized that Saabs had to be special, so saying that Saab is short of cash and therefore the sedan and Sportcombi uses the same back doors, just don´t do it for me..… Read more »
Daniel B
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Daniel B
5 years 7 months ago

Sorry for the bad spelling… To stressed at work 🙂

Jeff
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Jeff
5 years 7 months ago
I absolutely understand what you’re saying, and I also respect your view of it and at first glance when I saw it I thought the same thing myself, but I think you need to step back and look at the car three dimensionally. The back end of the car tapers in every direction towards the roof spoiler. Saab made a conscious decision to form a reverse wedge on the 9-4x and carried the same theme through on the 9-5 SC, which I believe adds a consistency to the range without aping each other. In order to do what you’re suggesting… Read more »
Jeff
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Jeff
5 years 7 months ago
Daniel B
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Daniel B
5 years 7 months ago
Well Jeff, we can both agree on one thing, and that is that the car probably will LOOK a LOT better IRL:) But the slope of the door will FUNCTION just as bad, unfortunately. Most definately a problem that one can learn to live with, but I think that it is unfortunate all the same. (IMHO) I do understand what you mean about how the ends of the lines and curves taper togehter at the end of the car and it it alot more curved than the OG 9-5, but iI still dont understand why that same lines can´t work… Read more »
Daniel B
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Daniel B
5 years 7 months ago

Christ my speeling is not what it should be today…
I blame my laptop keyboard :D:D:D:D

Sorry guys.

Jeff
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Jeff
5 years 7 months ago

No worries Daniel 🙂

I get what you’re saying and I played with it a bit on photoshop and I don’t even mind it when I style it your way. But I still like it more with this asymmetrical slope, it’s a fresh take on wagon design to me. Everyone has different taste though, so oh well. It kind of reminds me when the 9-4x grill debuted where it was raised above the hood line and everyone went nuts. Fast forward a few years and it just makes sense in the design scheme. I hope this ends up just like that.

James
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James
5 years 7 months ago
it’s funny, I don’t find the window line looks as glaring from the angle taken in the teaser image released by Saab (even though I would have thought silver would highlight it more than black). unfortunately that image is a non-everyday real life view in the sense that it is kind of from a birds’ eye perspective… Opel does a heavy D pillar + blacked out C, and has a sloping rear door + sloping roof line (that kind of curves into the D pillar) on the Insignia (9-5 platform mate). I like the 9-5 better, but that particular discontinuity… Read more »
gunteman
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gunteman
5 years 7 months ago

I think it will look a lot better IRL, but I agree that it could be a lot better. I’m a bit worried that Taxi sales will be impacted (and there are A LOT of OG 9-5 Taxis in Sweden) by the head banging issue.

Thylmuc
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Thylmuc
5 years 7 months ago

Amazing! I always thought that was exactly what happened with the first 9-5, namely that Saab just put a backpack on the sedan, as manifested by the big C columns that look like those from the sedan.

Incidently, i never liked the design of the 9-5 SC. Nor any other wagons with such dominant C columns, like the Renault 21, Mercedes ML, Nissan R’nessa, Subaru Impreza, etc.

Henrik
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Henrik
5 years 7 months ago

I like how the rear doors are shaped, imagine if they were in line with the roof-line, the car would look rather ordinary then wouldn´t you say. This adds some “coupé” flavor to it if you ask me.

Henke
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Henke
5 years 7 months ago

I Love it!! Want one!!! Now!

jos
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jos
5 years 7 months ago

And what about this?

aZuL2001
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aZuL2001
5 years 7 months ago

And this one ?

Turbo’s are engaged 😉

aZuL2001
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aZuL2001
5 years 7 months ago

Note to self : doublecheck the date 🙁

Old news, sorry.

TimR
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TimR
5 years 7 months ago

SOOO NICE!!

only one thing I think is strange and its the location of the emblems… looks like they are a bit too low for my taste =P

Tobias A
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Tobias A
5 years 7 months ago

Like it a lot!!

This will be a HUGE success here in Sweden

belfast_saab
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belfast_saab
5 years 7 months ago

I think the jury will be out on that rear window line, but in the right colours, I’m sure we’ll get used to it. Actually it is a point of interest versus the very conventional Audi 3-windows-in-one-blob approach.
Imagine this with the proper alloys and I don’t think people will pay much attention to the window line.
The badging is low, but the rear is wide and high so maybe this is a balance.

Does anyone know if those are simply red refelctor units lower down beside the badging, or are they additional lights?

Red J
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5 years 7 months ago

Those should be reflectors, as the SC has lost the central fog-light/reflector cluster at the bottom of the bumper.

Henke
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Henke
5 years 7 months ago

Uwb, Audi is more expensive with the new A6 you have to add 20000 to the new A6

turbokalle
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turbokalle
5 years 7 months ago

The badges are at the same position as this , so my bet that`s were they are staying.
A red one of these with som 19″ wheels…..would work just fine for me 🙂

TuuSaR
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TuuSaR
5 years 7 months ago

Still some camo near roof sideline? Have to wait more clear shots.

MarkoA
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MarkoA
5 years 7 months ago

I guess it´s just blurry compressed JPG that makes it look as it is. We have to wait for better images.

Marco
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Marco
5 years 7 months ago

Nice pics of a really good looking car…! These pics make this car so real…
I wonder if the rear seat head room is bigger than in the sedan. I guess that this model will be popular in taxi use. Lets also hope that at least the Swedish Police Force will start using it.

aerobert
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aerobert
5 years 7 months ago

Love those sexy winter wheels! lol! 😀

Edonis
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Edonis
5 years 7 months ago

+1 :p

Kalle
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Kalle
5 years 7 months ago
For us who want the diesel version the 9.5 SC has no premium engine alternative. I have for the time being an 9-5 TiD4 Auto, and it is ok. Have tested TTiD4, but sorry that engine is a disaster. Automatic transmission is not possible to have. GM is said to have something to do with it, and the engine is so noisy. The gear ratio is for some strange reason lower than fro the TiD4. Test drove on a road I drive with my own car every day. About 130km. Consumtion 30% higher. The Swedish magazine Teknikens Varld also found… Read more »
OliverH
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OliverH
5 years 7 months ago

Can’t wait to see something real in Geneva Auto-Salon. Looks really nice.

Matt
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5 years 7 months ago

I’m liking that a lot, but I think it needs the Hirsch quad exhaust upgrade to add a hint of aggressiveness to the rear though.

Slightly O/T, but is that a 9-7x pulling the flatbed trailer in the right hand lane? Or has someone put clear tail-light lenses on a Trailblazer?

74stingray
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74stingray
5 years 7 months ago

Looks 9-7x to me and a 9-3 in the opposing lane… maybe support team for the test ride??

The car looks a little higher than I would have expected but I like it. With the 9-3x cladding and maybe just a little bit more ride height…. = winner.

Baracuda
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Baracuda
5 years 7 months ago

It’s a 9-7x. It’s parked inside the plant often behind the test track. 😉

Matt
Guest
5 years 7 months ago

I thought it had a look of a 9-7x to it… It’s funny, in all the time I lived in Sweden I never saw a single 9-7x on the road – just one for sale at Biva in Linköping. Spent a week in Houston last year and saw dozens of them!

Gustaf
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Gustaf
5 years 7 months ago

Owner: SAAB! No more Holden 😀

saabaudi
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saabaudi
5 years 7 months ago

My opinion. This 9-5 rear-part looks too huge and heavy. The 9-5 saloon looks better and more exclusive.

Sandy
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Sandy
5 years 7 months ago

Nice, very nice. Not perfect, but nearly there. This will be a great seller, I believe.
Still, looking very much forward to Geneva and some more “flesh”…

Red J
Member
5 years 7 months ago

Some VIN decoding work.
The VIN is: YS3GR5MK7C9000003
YS3 -> SAAB
G -> 9-5
R -> 9-5 Aero sedan (American text)
5 -> 5 Door
M -> 6-speed manual/FWD
K -> Engine (I don’t have the code for the TTiD Engine)
7 -> Check Digit
C -> MY’ 12
9 -> Assembly Plant (1 is THN, I suppose that 9 is the prototype line)

J Fan
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J Fan
5 years 7 months ago

Fixed the rear door and removed the silly badges:
/

I like the car, but I think the angle of the Combi that Saab showed 2 weeks ago was carefully chosen. I think it looks a bit like the old Subaru Impreza estate (9-2X) – but on a much larger scale.

As a fan of big cars, I like it. I hate that door line however.

Red J
Member
5 years 7 months ago

Sorry,
but Your version looks like just another Wagon (to me).
I prefer the distinctive touch.

J Fan
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J Fan
5 years 7 months ago

The cynic might call your ‘distinctive touch’ a ‘cost-cutting measure’ – though, probably a compromise I would have done myself.

I always liked the old estate, see how well resolved it is:

Jeff
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Jeff
5 years 7 months ago

No surprise here, I’m with Red J in that I don’t like the squared off top end. The curve gives it a much more modern look, it’s time to move on guys.

Henrik
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Henrik
5 years 7 months ago

Red J, +1

Belfast_saab
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Belfast_saab
5 years 7 months ago

Definitely tidier. but we are where we are and I don’t think it will be a killer issue. Agree with comment above that press release angle was carefully chosen 😉

J Fan
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J Fan
5 years 7 months ago

I agree, it’s still a nice car – I’m just on an extended coffee break and having some fun!

Daniel B
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Daniel B
5 years 7 months ago

Now THAT´S what a practical SC SHOULS look like!!
Smart , functional and beautiful. A true Saab to me!

Philthy_PA
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Philthy_PA
5 years 7 months ago

Great looking car. I can’t wait for the 9-5x version. Maybe I could create my own with aftermarket air suspension and some SPG panels!

Meg Haviland
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Meg Haviland
5 years 7 months ago

I am loving the new 9-5 SC, sporty, sexy beautiful lines. Maybe the chrome can be added to the c-pillar window to make it look more complete, hockey stick looks out of sorts. Can’t wait to see it in person.

Also don’t open link on aZuL2001’s comment. Totally infected my Dell which is being debugged now I hope. On the HP for now.

aZuL2001
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aZuL2001
5 years 7 months ago

Also don’t open link on aZuL2001′s comment. Totally infected my Dell

Sorry ?
What ?

Haven’t seen any warning here with my quite tight security.
Only thing i can think of is localized ads and some wierd infection with that.

If you need help, or have info to share on that, send me a mail.
nickname + gmail will work.

Talladegan
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Talladegan
5 years 7 months ago

I really want to like this car but I’m having a block with the windowline, tailgate in bumper arrangement, badge location and also the chrome on the side windows needs to either go or be carried through to the rear perhaps?

Hopefully when we see the real thing, rather than a pre-production spy shot things may have evolved.

It certainly seems to have ‘presence’ though!

Niklas Palm
Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Here is how I see it:

Kinda weird looking with the top corner of the 3rd window not lining up with the corner of the door.

The door looks a bit Volvo-245-ish when its borrowed from the sedan.

The proportions of the rear window vs what under it looks extremely 9-2X.

They should have released it earlier.

But damn I want a black 9-5 Aero SC Turbo4 XWD manual with 19″ TurboFan rims!

J Fan
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J Fan
5 years 7 months ago

The door looks a bit Volvo-245-ish when its borrowed from the sedan

Thank you!!! It’s been annoying me all day – it reminded me of something but I couldn’t think of what car! Here’s the rear door of the aforementioned 245.

GerritN
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GerritN
5 years 7 months ago

“Kinda weird looking with the top corner of the 3rd window not lining up with the corner of the door.”

Sigh, I didn’t want to spoil the fun and excitement, but yes, this is exactly the first thing I noticed. I’m old fashioned, I feel that things should line up to please the eye. You don’t put windows in a house at different heights and angles either.

Jörgen Trued - SUHRT
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Jörgen Trued - SUHRT
5 years 7 months ago

I take the sedan over the SC, the styling feels more solid. Build a jet black on the “Build Your Saab” page, with 19 inch Turbofan wheels look at it from the side. Killler looks.

Ken H
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Ken H
5 years 7 months ago

Tori Amos said “it’s gotta be big”, and Saab listened.

Troels, Denmark
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5 years 7 months ago
I have been purposely silent in this discussion. Because the first picture were so well received and I did honestly not want to “spoil the party” in those hard times for Saab. The first two things that came to my mind was a mixrure off the worst from OG 9-5SC and the old Volvo 245 with the very flaw cost-saving rear-door. But actually – after looking again and again and re-thinking, I have to say that the designers of the NG 9-5SC, in a way, have been more consequently dealing with the theme; “just adding a rear-room to the sedan”… Read more »
Troels, Denmark
Guest
5 years 7 months ago

It also helps a lot that Saab – unlike most car-manufactures – are using the same form-language in all the “body-holes” , when you look from the side: Headlights, rear-lights and rear-windows are shaped the same way and having a relation to each other (like in the OG 9-5SC).

Jeff
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Jeff
5 years 7 months ago

Here’s a fun little graphic which sort of explains the difference of new to old. Granted it’s the rendering and not a photo, but except for the taillight design and no antenna it’s pretty accurate in terms of details that made the production car and its overall proportion/side window graphic.

Troels, Denmark
Guest
5 years 7 months ago

.. but the corner in that picture of the NG are cheating I have to say .. – the whole side-line looks shorter and more sporty then in reality..

Jeff
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Jeff
5 years 7 months ago

Yep I agree with you the lighting is key to the interpretation of the D-Pillar. With harsh sunlight like the spy photo, it really stands out. At night or in low light, not as much.

Carl-Henrik
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Carl-Henrik
5 years 7 months ago

I agree. There seem to be a perspective distortion in the NG to the left that almost makes that SC look like a Coupe instead of a Combi. But otherwise it is similar in the way of the reflectors and tailpipes and other small detailers.

benrp
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benrp
5 years 7 months ago

Wow, the new really does look a milion times better than the old.

SaabKen
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SaabKen
5 years 7 months ago

Beautiful !!!

I noticed the 2011 Ford Explorer took on similar design cues in the rear (and even with blacked out A-pillars):

svx92
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svx92
5 years 7 months ago
At the Harrisburg Autoshow last weekend- Ford was offering a $50.00 MC giftcard if you test drive a ford product. I drive a white limited Explorer- much like the one in the image- and all I could think of was the SAAB design cues- clamshell hood, blacked out A and D pillars, and taught side sculpting. Although it starts at $28,000 the model on the lot was $47,275 for a Limited (and it still had missing options). Maybe I’m a badge snob but $46k for a Ford seems hard to digest. Nice suspension but the engine (v6- 265hp) felt pushed… Read more »
Knape
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Knape
5 years 7 months ago

The most beautiful station wagon on the market! Although, I don’t think the badge is located on good place. (But that’s just a very small thing)
I like that there are three (possibly four?) SAABs in the picture 😀

turbin
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turbin
5 years 7 months ago
I too am disappointed about retaining the rear doors from the sedan. We are on our second 9-3SC due to the rear access being so much better than the sedan. Also the feeling in the back is much less claustrophobic. On top of that, if you really do plan to use the rear space of the 9-5SC then access through the rear doors is a masive help. The amount of times I have had to climb through the rear doors of my 9-3SC and 9000… May be a reason to give the 9-4X serious look while in the showroom, next… Read more »
Paddan
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Paddan
5 years 7 months ago

I like it tremendously. Wondering what power train configuration will be designated for the US. Has that ever been revealed?

Red J
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5 years 7 months ago

2.0T (220hp) I4

Jeff
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Jeff
5 years 7 months ago

Did they say whether or not it would use the front body kit from the Aero or the base or will both be available?

Carl-Henrik
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Carl-Henrik
5 years 7 months ago

Can’t help to notice how many here are complaining about things people have seen from one official image and two half-unsharp mobile camera shots. Can’t people stop ranting about “oh.. I don’t like this and that” “they should do it like this or that so I am happy”?

Why not just wait until we can see the car in the metal? I’m sorry, but this complaining phenomenon that is rather often occuring more and more here at SU it’s just getting so boring.

carl
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carl
5 years 7 months ago

Släpvagns maximala totalvikt vid B-behörighet, kg: 1125 almost no caravan one that one

Baah
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Baah
5 years 7 months ago

I do not like it…..sorry

carl
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carl
5 years 7 months ago
PT
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PT
5 years 7 months ago

Very promising. Like Turbin – the 94X comparo will be interesting for my family – although I suspect this will drive better.

Talladegan
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Talladegan
5 years 7 months ago

I’ve just noticed that the Vauxhall/Open Insignia tailgate also joins the bumper in a similar fashion, so presumably this is an architecture item that must be shared across the Epsilon platform spec.?

There must be a very good reason for it …anyone any ideas?

Talladegan
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Talladegan
5 years 7 months ago

^
Obviously ‘Open’ meant Opel!

J Fan
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J Fan
5 years 7 months ago

Don’t know, but that tailgate on the Insignia is the funny one with more lights underneath. For some reason, that tailgate scares me, the way it wraps around so that its edge disappears – can imagine little kids hidden from view putting their fingers in dangerous places *dislikes strongly*. I’m glad Saab don’t have the same arrangement.

Talladegan
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Talladegan
5 years 7 months ago

Wow…just notiucedthe sheer size of those struts holding the tailgate up in the Insignia pic. Huge!

olaf95
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5 years 7 months ago

In modern Architecture Windows MUST NOT and DO NOT Stay line in line, Look at modern Houses and you’ll see that harmony comes from The whole Body, Not from Single Lines.
Saab disagrees: this is modern. By The Way we all can Be Lucky that there is a new 9-5 sc at all!

Svx92
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Svx92
5 years 7 months ago

I think it’s obvious that using existing door stampings from sedans for the combis is very cost effective. For those who complain about the cut lines of the rear door on the 9-5, you should take a look at the side profile of the CTS wagon. Based on the rear glass there’s a car that should have had the rear doors’ egress cut vertical. Wife thinks the combi is better looking than the 9-4x. Wow- two competent designs from which to choose.!!!

NZSAAB
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NZSAAB
5 years 7 months ago

Whats the SUV towing the trailer on the right?

Carl-Henrik
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Carl-Henrik
5 years 7 months ago

If you look further up the thread you’ll see comments that it’s a 9-7X

nixschel99
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5 years 7 months ago
And there it is. Like what I see. It is different, it has the Saab thing, it hits that special part otehr brands cannot. Cannot wait to do the guidedog test and see how roomy it is in the back. It is different in styling, thank god. I like the fact SAAB just did their own thing. For some it may be horrible from certain corners, and nice from others. For me, it is quite simple. A big estate car, building on the SAAB gene. Different and with personality. I’d much rather have a quirky Saab than some eurobox in… Read more »
Jörgen Trued - SUHRT
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Jörgen Trued - SUHRT
5 years 7 months ago

Saab should put out more pictures of the car NOW. Instead of having people guessing the looks from their own odd angle 1 picture shot, or to two low quality phone-picture.

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