9-5 SC news for the US market (Updated)

The internet is a fantastic invention, in 1992 you were able to see if the guys from a British University had enough Coffee in the Trojan room of coffee.

Today somebody has left a back-door open and somebody else has found a 9-5SC catalogue for the US market, albeit without prices.

The guys from Saabworld have put it in the public domain, so it should be OK if I talk about it.

The Brochure of the Saab 9-5 SC MY 12 can be downloaded from the SaabUSA site.

This is the most important page of that catalogue.

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The Independent Reviews the UK Bound 9-5 SportWagon

Chalk up more evidence that Saab UK is making all the right moves. The 9-5 SportWagon has been updated from the original 9-5 that was featured in the original press drive. That car had the fashion conscious large wheels and stiffer suspension that left journalists feeling that that the new 9-5 had a very harsh ride over the bumpy roads of England. For the SportWagon, Saab engineers revised the suspension to better handle the potholes and cracks in the road to give the car a much more comfortable driving experience.

John Simister, who reviewed the new 9-5 SportWagon for The Independent, came away impressed by the 9-5’s new skills. Unfortunately, he must have forwarded the review on to his editor before production came to a stop again. Hopefully soon the real estate deal will be finished or Victor Muller will come back to Trollhättan having secured near-term financing so the line can get started again. Either way, it’s not ideal that this restart has been so herky jerky, but relative to all that Saab has gone through, the current situation is a drop in the bucket. If John’s willing to believe in the company’s future based on the prospective Chinese deals, then the picture is essentially the same looking forward.

His is the first review I’ve read where the reviewer focuses more on the car than the company or their short term problems, which is incredibly refreshing. Of the different models he tested, the 2.0T Petrol version was his favorite.

That final car had the HiPer strut suspension in Sport specification, a smooth and lusty 220bhp petrol turbo engine, and standard, non-adaptive dampers. This was the one; its steering was crisp, progressive and natural, its ride was supple but controlled. This is how a 9-5 should be, even on 18in wheels, and it shows how good a 9-5 can be. Saab’s own engineers like it best, and so do I.

His conclusion is probably the most rewarding part of the article. It’s a reminder that Saab is the alternative for luxury buyers wanting to stand apart from the crowd.

Would it make me buy a 9-5 SportWagon over an obvious German rival? I do believe it would, not least because it’s a refreshing and worthwhile break from the default choices. Own a Saab, and it’s clear you’ve thought about it. And that, in today’s brand-obsessed world, has to be a good thing.

The Zero Hero snippets

Saab UK had PR campaign were they called the 119g 9-3 TTiD 180 the Zero Hero because the Vehicle Excise Duty (the vehicle taxes) was equal to zero because of the low CO2 value.

Today Saab UK has presented the new Zero Hero, the Saab 9-5 TiD4 MY 12, with manual transmission. It will also, like the 9-3 TTiD, be exempted of VED because of the low CO2 figures, 125 for the Saloon and 128 g/km for the SportWagon.

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9-4x vs. 9-5 SC (Size comparison)

In March I compared the 9-5 Sedan with the 9-5SC.

Now its time for the 9-4X to be measured against the 9-5SC.

First of all I have to say that the pictures are not to the same scale, although Jeff helped me and has tried to size the pictures accordingly. The picture in the middle gives a rough comparison of sizes.

I won’t comment on them as I’ve seen both side by side, and I know which I would choose.

BTW, is there interest in a 9-3SC vs. 9-5SC comparison?

The 9-5 SportCombi back end

I think no part of Saab has been discussed so often here as the two back ends of the Saab 9-5 SportCombi.

So maybe to say the last word about it or maybe to distract myself from Ms Eva Srejber, here are two equal pictures of the two back ends both published by Saab.

I like the EU-lights more, but I would buy the US tailgate. My problem is, the recess for the US license plate is two small for an EU-plate 🙁

So its good for me not having to take a decision, at least not now 🙂

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