Auto Express have run with another bunch of 9-5 pictures, which look to be the same ones as those that were used at Teknikens Varld. Here’s all three of them together. Click to enlarge….
Now, there’s a lot of theories about these pictures. Junk, speculation, guesswork, pointless etc etc. That may well be true, but it’s interesting that they look quite a bit like the Auto Motor and Sport picture from a while ago…..
……and there’s some genetic similarities between these and the illustration backdropping Brian Nesbitt, one of GM Europe’s head honchos:
Of course, it could just be speculation by the magazines. Auto Express is somewhat less than a trustworthy source in my experience. It’s almost tabloid motoring journalism sometimes and one wouldn’t be surprised to see a ‘page 3′ girl every other click.
But keep in mind that if they have been let slip from Saab, then this isn’t necessarily a bad start to what are obviously preliminary CG illustrations. The first Aero-X illustrations we saw were more advanced than this, but were still lacking in detail compared to the real thing.
Whatever these pictures end up being, I think there’s some life there. I’m more partial to the deeper grille on the AMS image.
I guess time will tell.
Features they’re speculating on:
- a dashboard featuring digital, three-dimensional displays projected on to layered glass-effect panels.
- available in both front-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive form
- normally aspirated 2.2-litre petrol for entry-level models.
- a 170bhp 2.0-litre (turbo?) unit
- a flagship 250bhp 2.8-litre V6 twin-turbo.
- a 150bhp 1.9-litre four-cylinder diesel and 3.0-litre V6 CDTI motors.
- five and six-speed manual transmissions plus an automatic,
- the possibility of a DSG-style twin-clutch sequential system – as debuted by the Aero X.
Both Auto Express and Auto Motor and Sport predict a late 2007 debut for the next-gen 9-5. AMS’s article was written straight after a visit to both Pixbo and Russelsheim.