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AutoBlog: Spy Shots: Saab 9-5 still coming despite brand's hardship

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Filed under: Spy Photos, Sedans/Saloons, Hatchbacks, Saab

saab_95_spy.jpgAn eagle-eyed spy shooter hiding behind the bushes somewhere in Europe managed to capture a trio of next-gen Saab 9-5 hatchbacks wearing a bit less camouflage than we've seen in the past. For the first time, we can see the new Swedish beauty's front and rear light clusters, along with what appears to be a gently sloping rear hatchback shape.

Besides getting an idea of the car's general shape, these shots seem to indicate the next 9-5 will be much larger than the car it replaces. We also hear, though you can't see it in any of these shots, that the ignition switch will be replaced by a push-button starter located in the console between the two front seats - just as Thor himself intended.

There's not much else of interest to be gleaned from these shots unless you really have a thing for LED light clusters, so the real important bit of information to take away is that Saab is indeed at work testing its next-gen range-topper model for a release sometime before the end of the year, despite the uncertainty surrounding the brand's future.

[source: World Car Fans]

Spy Shots: Saab 9-5 still coming despite brand's hardship originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 09 May 2009 14:06:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Good to see it surfacing even in SAAB's dire situation!

I find it weird that it is "much larger than the current one", as ALL 9-5 mule registration sheets list the car's length at a bit over 4800mm... some people say it will be a tad over 4900mm, i.e., half way in length between the Insignia/Regal and the LaCrosse... Anyway, can't wait to see it w/o camo!

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I'm excited to see the finished product. Saab makes good cars when it gets funding--I hope they survive long enough to get their new lineup up and running.

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I'm excited to see the finished product. Saab makes good cars when it gets funding--I hope they survive long enough to get their new lineup up and running.

I agree, there's lots of good stuff there that GM never wanted to tap into. If SAAB could survive as a fairly independent maker, it'd be great. The Fuji-Subaru-Toyota ownership model could be an interesting way to structure SAAB when it separates itself from GM.

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