Two weeks ago we informed you that a german Saab dealership was offering the leather doorhandles that were available in the past from Hirsch.
This time an other German dealership, Autohaus Lafrentz, has decided to deliver an upgrade to the 9-5, that many think it should have been standard from the beginning.
At Geneva ’11 we saw this:
This was the new fascia “meshed metallic”. Most of us thought that this update to the interior of the 9-5 was long due but because the MY 12 never saw the light this fascia remained only wishful thinking….
Autohaus Lafrentz has moved some contacts and managed to contact the original IP-fascia supplier that was meant to deliver this fascias to SAAB Automobile AB. And after some talks they got them to restart production.
The set is currently a 7 parts set for LHD cars.
The first batch is already almost sold out!!
The price is € 849,00 (7.310 SEK,1.100 USD, 726 GBP) and they also deliver abroad. Currently they only sell a 7-piece set, but they are thinking about a 3-piece set (without the pieces for the doors).
The second batch will be ordered after the Saab Festival depending on the interest. And if you are visiting the Saab Festival, Autohaus Lafrentz will also be there with their 9-5 SC equipped with a Meshed Metallic fascia, and some sets for the ones that can’t wait.
If you want to change the fascia by yourself, you will need some hours (4+). And if you can’t do it or you haven’t got the time, any Saab repairer can do it for you, but it will charge you with at least 4 hours of work.
Regarding the product, the price is OK (I’m talking from a German point of view), and currently Autohaus Lafrentz is the exclusive distributor, which is also OK, as they have taken the burden to convince that supplier to start the production.
Regarding RHD; Autohaus Lafrentz had no queries from the UK, Australia or Japan. If they get enough queries, they will also think about producing an RHD batch.