Saab Spyshots galore – Saab 9-5

The final instalment from the Autoblid megagalleria of spyshots. There are heaps more over there (not all Saab, but a lot more Saab) so head on over and check them out.
These are a few Saab 9-5 shots that you may not have seen.
They are making this car look extremely tasty, especially from the back.
Saab 9-5
Saab 9-5
This side profile gives a pretty good idea as to how large this vehicle is going to be.
Confusion with the dimensions of the Saab 93 will be a thing of the past, methinks!!
Saab 9-5
I’m really looking forward to seeing this car now. Especially what they do with the rear lights, etc.
Saab 9-5
With shots of the 9-3x, 9-4x and now these to fire the imagination, you can see how your local Saab showroom in late 2010 is going to be a completely different place to what it is now.
When was the last time a Saab guy could say that?

Saab Spyshots galore – Saab 9-4x

Included in Autobild’s megaplex of spyphotos this week is this image of the Saab 9-4x.
One question about the Saab 9-4x that someone mentioned in comments is the possibility of a lightpipe, a-la the 2008 Saab 9-3. With these mule headlamps in the test car, it seems to be one element that Saab are preferring to keep up their sleeve.
I should mention that Autocar are saying that one of the rotary dials inside the vehicle is a 3-way selector switch for ESP tuning. Richo already knew that, because he’s got ESP.
Saab 9-4x

Saab Spyshots galore – Saab 9-3x

This is getting rediculous….
There are more spyshots out there now than there are photos of real Saab cars that you can actually buy!
Thankfully, that might change soon as it’s less than a month to Geneva and official public debut of the Saab 9-3x.
Speaking of which, some more photos have emerged (with the promise of more still….stay tuned). I wish I could say this was a flattering angle, but the plain truth is that it isn’t.
Saab 9-3x
I think this is another one f those cars that’s going to look best in darker colors. Or maybe they’ll paint the cladding?
This just looks a bit too ‘pinched’ for my liking but the funny thing is it didn’t seem that way at all in th static images of the same car we saw a few days ago. I guess we’ll wait to see the production images before rushing judgment too much.
Saab 9-3x
These images, and a whole bunch more, can be seen in full at Autoblid.
Thanks to a whole bunch of people for the tip!

New Saab 9-5 Spyshots

It’s certainly a busy weekend over at Auto Motor and Sport.
Yesterday it was naked 9-3x photos and today it’s more photos of the Saab 9-5 in winter testing northern Sweden. This vehicle is the one that’s actually registered as being a Holden, but don’t let that throw you off. It’s got a 180hp diesel and an automatic transmission.
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There are six photos in all, and they’re all tree times the size of this one (or is that nine times the size? I get confused sometimes).
They’re all available over at Auto Motor and Sport.
Photoshop experts, feel free to do your thing……

Saab 9-3x totally exposed

Here they are…..
Full daytime shots with proper wheels. No falling snow and no disguises. Auto Motor and Sport in Sweden have spotted the Saab 9-3x in all its glory.
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I really, REALLY like the look of this vehicle. It’s a subtle change, but a great one and a fantastic addition to Saab’s portfolio.
The Saab 9-3x is due to make its official public debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month (March 2009). I hope it gets a really good showing.
There are more photos over at Auto Motor and Sport, and they’re HUGE!
Thanks Par!

2010 Saab 9-5 photoshop comparisons

Someone named “keeneyes” produced what is my favourite photochop of the 2010 Saab 9-5 so far, basically by taking a couple of real spyphotos and making silhouettes of them.
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9-5phantom
Robert B has done some digging through the archives and looked at the many photoshop predictions that have surfuced in the media over the last 18 months and has come up with a very similar shaped vehicle to compare the real car’s silhouette with.
Here’s the comparison. Click to enlarge.
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The image on the left first appeared on this site way back in March 2007 and was noted then as coming from a Danish magazine (i.e. a magazine from Denmark, not a magazine about sweet pastries). As far as the overall shape is concerned, it’s a very good likeness.
I find myself hoping that they’ll have evolved the exterior design a little more from the current 9-5, however.
For comparitive purposes, here are the other images that have surfaced so far….right back to mid-2006.
From Saab:
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From Vibilgare:
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That Saab 9-3x rear badge

Carpix have been kind enough to send me a full size photo showing the rear badge of the Saab 9-3x vehicle photographed in northern Sweden in the last few days.
Saab 9-3x rear badge
With the name settled, you can now resume your normal whining about how this car is too little, too late, etc.
Personally, I’m with PT on this issue:

Just a foot note for those who have their knickers in a twist about this car. Some Porsche-o-philes had the same reaction to the Cayenne and dittto for the X5 and ML series. All of those cars have basically bankrolled their respective companies to enable the ongoing production of their “true” models like 911s and M3s. Saab needs all the models and range-width it can get with a minimum of expense so please save your bleeding hearts and 4wd-phobia for someone else. If you want this company to hang around, you have to support this car and others like it. Its too late to be sitting on the fence and debating the merits of what is or is not art.

‘Support’ in this context will be different things to different people. Some will ‘support’ it by buying it. Some will ‘support’ it by just thinking it’s good to have it around.
There are no finger-snap solutions to Saab’s car range. This is a step in the right direction. One of many steps that are needed, but a step nonetheless.
I think this is a great step, and I’m looking forward to seeing it for myself.

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