The 2.8T gets a slightly lower-powered version of the 325hp 24-valver fitted to the Vauxhall Insignia VXR - the two GM-developed cars share much of their underpinnings - coupled to XWD four-wheel drive and a six-speed transmission. According to the official figures, the top-end Saab 9-5 will reach 62mph in 6.9secs and a maximum of 155mph. Other engines in the launch line-up are four cylinders; there's a 220hp 2.0T BioPower, a 180hp 2.0 TiD, and a 180hp 1.6T.
The new 9-5 is also aiming to appeal to drivers who fancy a bit of Swedish glamour, with 'forward-looking design that doesn't ignore where it's coming from', according to Simon Padian, Saab Brand Design Chief.
Inside the cabin, legroom and shoulder width are increased both front and rear, and in fact the new 9-5 claims class-leading rear legroom. The choice of materials, the fit and finish and the tactile quality of the controls all reflect the new 9-5's premium character, says Saab.
The new Saab will get it's first public outing at Frankfurt next month.