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Saab announces U.S. 9-5 pricing, leads with range-topping Aero

by Chris Paukert (RSS feed) on Apr 20th 2010 at 9:29PM

2010 Saab 9-5 – click above for high-res image gallery

We've just returned from the grand opening of Saab's new North American headquarters in Royal Oak, Michigan, where the newly emancipated automaker has just priced its pivotal new 9-5 for the U.S. market.

Saab will launch its new 9-5 lineup with the 2010 model year Aero sedan carrying a price of $49,990. The all-wheel drive 300-horsepower, 2.8-liter V6 turbo four-door will actually sit atop the range, with an entry-level 2011 model with Saab's 2.0-liter turbo powerplant coming on stream shortly thereafter with a promised MSRP of "under $40,000."

That's ambitious pricing in what already amounts to a very crowded and competent sandbox. For reference's sake, the 2010 Infiniti M37x starts at $48,400 and brings 330 horses to the table, while Cadillac's CTS rings up at $43,465 in comparable all-wheel drive trim with a 304-hp 3.6-liter. The European establishment rings up at $48,925 for Mercedes-Benz's 268-hp E350, and BMW's new 2011 528i will start at $44,500, though both of those segment stalwarts are rear-drive and tend to run comparatively thin on standard equipment.

According to Saab's hand-out press release (sorry, no digital version available yet!), the Aero will feature a six-speed automatic gearbox with paddleshifters, so apparently no manual transmission will be available with the V6 – at least at launch. Saab does, however, promise its superb XWD all-wheel drive system, power leather seats, dual-zone HVAC, and a cooled glovebox (a longtime brand staple) among other standard features. Options will include items like a heads-up display, lane-departure warning technology, and a Harman-Kardon surround sound stereo.

The first 9-5 models are slated to go on sale in July, with the 2.0T models arriving hard on its heels. No word yet on 9-5 SportCombi pricing or availability, but we expect the two-box model to go on sale in about a year.



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So it is $49,000 for what is basically the same as an Acura TL w/ AWD. Why would anyone pay near $50k for a 9-5 when they can get an E-class, 5-series, or Infiniti M for equal money, or shell out an extra couple thousand for a Jag XF. There will be some big discounts on the 9-5 come the end of the year.

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You are getting a one of a kind vehicle here, and unlike the Acura TL, it's arguably one of the best looking ones in its class; I'd even go so far to say it's gorgeous, and this is coming from a guy who's rarely had anything nice to say about Trollhättan.

What it'll lack in RWD'ness it will make up for in equipment and execution. There's also that 'quirkiness' factor coming into play.

Still, the notion of paying that kind of money for something that isn't identified as a prestige brand by many would be hard to swallow.

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Even if they reduced the price by $5,000 I doubt they'll get any more sales. This car, or at least the Aero model, is for rich people who really, really want a Saab 9-5. So why cut the profits short?

What should be interesting is the 2.0T pricing and equipment. It's a shame the 2.0T uses exactly the same tune as the Insignia and Regal - 220 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. How about turning up the boost to at least 260 hp, especially on XWD models?

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uh, yeah. It's the DI Turbocharged 300hp, 300ft/lb V6 from the SRX Turbo, and the torque comes on way down low.

It's a retuned version of the 2.8-liter turbo V6 first seen in the 2005 9-3 Aero. No direct injection.

Compared to the 3.0-liter turbo DI inline-six from BMW or the supercharged 3.0-liter DI V6 from Audi, this doesn't fare too well in performance, despite similar HP numbers.

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How is it last decade V6? It's the same V6 that came out on the SRX.

Which is still old tech, that engine came out 5 years ago on a car no one wanted. This car is overpriced although the price may not matter because probably no one was going to buy it anyway.

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