I think in the last two days I’ve spent too much time in and around the 9-5 SC. 😉
It is a real good looking car, inside and outside. It has loots of room in the trunk with upright rear seats, and even more if the backrests are lowered, but it really has one drawback.
I think it is the only Wagon with a strong C and D pillar, which means that you look into a long tunnel while looking into the interior rear-view mirror. But they offer a solution to that.
UPDATE: I’ve found a last photo.
Yes, the 9-5SC will offer a rear-view camera. Don’t ask me if the MY 12 Sedan will also have it, because I don’t know.
I would have loved to see it in action but it seems like you have to start the engine to get the the rear-view camera working.
The tailgate affair.
Before Geneva, many have asked if there will be one tailgate or two tailgates, and what would happen if you don’t see a pole while going backing.
As you can see in the image, the metal is straight, and only a plastic add-on follows the curvature of the bumper. This plastic part goes up till the light bar, and looking at the pictures of the “American” tailgate I would say that there will be another plastic add-on for the USofA. Maybe the guys that like the straight tailgate may be able to get the American add-on, at least in Sweden where many OG9-3 have American front lights.
On the drivers door there is a new knob.
With this knob you can choose between opening the tailgate full
or only three quarters if the ceiling of the car park is not that high.
Or switching the power tailgate off.
You also might be able to open the tailgate from this knob, but I didn’t test that.
In the lower interior part of the there is a light that illuminates the zone just behind the car when the tailgate is open, and a small compartment for the warning triangle. (from the size of that blue case, I would say that there is only a warning triangle inside that).
Inside the trunk there are two lights, one on each side.
The trunk has a soft cover, which is very welcomed by me, because I had to leave the hard cover of my OG9-5 at home only because the luggage was 1 cm too high.
This is the normal extended position, and if you press on the handle, like on the 9-3SC, the front part of the cover moves up along the D-pillar.
As the trunk is so big and sometimes you only have some small bags in your trunk, Saab has added one handy retractable hook on each side of the trunk.
Till now we have seen the trunk with upright rear seats. The capacity of the trunk is really good, much better than my dame Edna, but if you fold the backrest down you can organize the New York marathon inside the car.
Yes, I know, my camera and I have different views on what should be focused. 🙁
The backrests are folded as in the 9-3SC, and after folding them you get a complete flat surface.
If you have the front seats moved to the back as much as you can, and on the rear seats the headrest is in its upper most position, you can still fold the rear backrest without a problem.
On the sides of the trunk, there are two storage compartments, one on each side. The one on the right side is a closed one, and the one on the left side is open and has a power plug.
And to close the loop, you can see the third window, and it is not the perspective, it is really that small.
But to be honest, I don’t care that much about that, in three years time if the car is in the budget it will be mine, if not a Castriota 9-3SC will have to be a good substitute. 😉