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2006 Saab 9-5 Review

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The new 9-5 marks 2006 as a year in which every product has been revised, from the more powerful 9-2x to the newly introduced 9-3 SportCombi, as well as the more powerful Aero models. The 9-7x, a North American-only version of GM's light-duty SUV, is also now on sale.


showing effort, that's good........ ^_^


The next-generation 9-5, which is supposed to show up sometime in 2008, will be based on an extended wheelbase version of the Epsilon Mk.II Platform, also slated to underpin the next-generation 9-3 product line.


with this new platform, maybe they will incorporate awd options....... B)

To go along with the updated 9-5 and the new 9-3 Aero range, there are rumours that General Motors could be showing off a new Saab concept in Frankfurt, which might be the final vehicle styled by ex-Saab designer Michael Mauer.



Now this is interesting as well.... a SAAB designer designing his last saab..... I wonder why his last? why an ex-saab designer? was he canned? did he quit?

either way, its nice to get at leas 1 last genuine design and also another concept seems interesting!
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Mauer went somewhere else, maybe to Ford Europe? I don't remember exactly. I really don't like those headlights; with the silver outlining they look like they're duct taped on.
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Mauer moved to Porsche, which is a shame. I like his icy-cool IKEA Scandinavian interpretation of SAAB design... much better than the Germanic 9-3. Edited by empowah
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Interior looks downgraded to me...

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Noticed that, too.
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WTF are they thinking with that sat nav unit? It looks like a 1980's PC. The new HVAC controls suck, too. Maybe it's more ergonomically sound, but it doesn't match the interior. I like the new two-tone leather... but that's about it.

Old interior:

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Yeah, it looks ready to acquire some SS-20s launched from Kamchakta or something. Even if the HVAC controls don't 'fit' the car, they're much better ergonomically than the typical ass-backwards European scattershot of buttons.
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Ooh, that's not bad, actually. Whereas the old 9-5 looked great with aluminum trim, this one seems to look better with the wood, or at least with the ivory seats.
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[attachment=65:attachment]While I'm not a fan of the new interior, I think it's good that Saab is moving away from the techno-button overdose look that's been keeping some people away from the brand. Having said that, they could've used different HVAC controls like the ones from the CTS, STS, SRX and a different radio.
I don't think Saab is losing it's flavor and if it is, then Volvo is going along with it. Take a look at the S40s interior. Not very Volvo-like at all.

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With the radio head unit, they could've either spaced the interfaces out more or trimmed some of the dead 'fat' around it so you see less plastic and more silver/wood. Agreed that the wood cancels out the dull effect. As far as the S40, blech. Looks like someone melted a DirecTV remote into the console.
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With the radio head unit, they could've either spaced the interfaces out more or trimmed some of the dead 'fat' around it so you see less plastic and more silver/wood.

Agreed that the wood cancels out the dull effect.

As far as the S40, blech. Looks like someone melted a DirecTV remote into the console.

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Still, I don't see it as an improvement. The radio control "box" is wider, so what they gained in height is lost by the girth. The A/C vents have more plastic around them, too... why does it need to extend to the hazard flasher button? The plastic seems to be blacker; it no longer has that metallic look. And I don't like how the trim around the speedometer is molded... it used to be sharp and clean, like looking into a showcase window. There's also less aluminum/wood on the lower console. And I can't imagine anyone from Saab thinking... "gee, that's a nice stereo/nav interface, let's use it!"
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they didn't actually drive the car.... as for the interior, I agree the wood looks nice in this application, and hopefully some of the materials used are higher quality, but I hate hate hate that they used GM corporate radio and Hvac controls. It isn't cool in a Saab. Hurry up and show us new Saabs, or what they are working on at least.
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I love the new interior with the wood. The Aluminum looks cheap and somewhat unfinished... I actually like the use of the corporate radio in this application. It looks nice as far as I can tell. I think they extended the airvent plastic to the hazard light button for two reasons: 1) It provides a more unified look to the entire center stack, and 2) It is easier to fit the wood around larger pieces of plastic than a piece of plastic and then a button. I know my father's DHS has a fit issue around the more intricate wood fittings on his dash, such as around the air vent shutter controls and hazard light module. Edited by Croc
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I much prefer the 9-3's interior over this. And yes, the one with lots of buttons. Same with the exterior... and the drivetrain... I don't see much of a reason to buy this new 9-5.
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UGLY, UGLY, UGLYYYYY!!!

Damn this is the anthisesis of the 9\3. I think the current 9\3 is one of the most elegen sedans ever, this is just gross!

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To me the new 9-5 is just a more aggressive version of the older car. I will reserve final judgement until I see it in person, but so far so good to me. I agree with the comment above that it's not a much more interesting proposition than the 9-3, especially with such similar engine options and better/more modern platform.
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The interior redesign is a letdown. 1) The wood looks fake, especially because of the molded look around the speedo/tach etc. 2) The floor console is now black plastic. 3) The corporate radio head looks hideous in this application, though it's not bad elsewhere 4) The climate control should have a displa. Cars costing 10-15k less with automatic climate control have displays.
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Looks like their priority on the interior was to build one that could fit the corporate radio. It looks like patchwork. Yech.
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Looks like their priority on the interior was to build one that could fit the corporate radio.  It looks like patchwork. Yech.

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This was exactly my thought when I first saw it. They wanted to upgrade the interior to more modern look but failed to incorporate a matching stereo. Just the same thing as every other GM vehicle built for that model year.

Also, what's the deal with cheaping out on the SID? No SID, no heater display......... just a simple and cheap display under the spedometer. Looks like all the same options you would find on a Chevy cobalt with leather seats....... just on a biger scale and under the saab badge for 25000$ more.

Fucking money grab!
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