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You are in the Saab 9-5
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Saab 9-5, Wagon
May 27, 1998 (3:12 am)
Saab has just released official photos (sorry,
lost the web site...I'll post it in a future
comment) of the 9-5 wagon (whatever they call it).
In a bit of irony, the last Saab wagon,
essentially a "squareback" model 96, carried the
model designation "95". The first models will be
on sale this fall in Europe, with USA introduction
in the spring or fall of 1999, probably with a year
The wagon keeps the "C" pillar from the sedan,
although it is visually it is slimmed down by
overlapping the rear quarter glass a bit.
May 27, 1998 (3:19 am)
is the Swedish language site which has a couple of photos of the 9-5 wagon at the bottom of the article. There might be a lot more about it in the text, but all the Swedish I know is on this page.
May 27, 1998 (3:12 pm)
Cool! Thanks for the info!
Here's that photo of the new Saab wagon.
#4 of 1081 BKSutton
Jun 05, 1998 (5:50 pm)
There was also a side view picture and news clip in the latest Autoweek. Handsome looking car. Supposed available engines will be the turbo four or the 6 cylinder. 6 cylinder available with only the automatic tranny, the four possibly available with a manual, but not confirmed. Can provide additional info. if anyone is interested.
#5 of 1081 To: BKSutton
Aug 06, 1998 (12:01 pm)
Yes! More info! The only choices out there for halfway decent wagons are the Passat (quality anxiety), Subaru (durability) or Volvo (price).
Where can one find out more about this car?
Aug 08, 1998 (7:04 pm)
AFIK, the only source of information is the Saab Website http://www.saabusa.com but the information is rather scant. The car will be shown to the public for the first time at some European auto show (Frankfurt? Paris? Geneva?) in September. It will not be on sale in the USA until the spring, probably as a '00 model. (too bad they changed the numbering scheme: it *could have been* a 2000 9000
As for price, I'd guess at it being $1000 above the sedan, but that's pure guess. Not any cheaper than the Vovlo, but it does make the Volvo look like the box it came in.
Aug 12, 1998 (5:00 pm)
I'd be happy to see a 9-3 wagon further down the pipe. The 9-5 is too formal and too rich for my blood.
Has anyone heard if a 9-3 wagon in the works?
Aug 16, 1998 (6:25 am)
My wife and I are going to lease the new 9-3 this month for the incredible 3.5% interest rate their offering on them before the end of Aug. I loved the 9-5 sedans were really beautiful and I hope that by the time our new 9-3 sedan comes off lease the new 9-5 will have proven themselves in the market place.
#9 of 1081 daveincanada:
Sep 04, 1998 (3:14 am)
We haven't heard the first peep about the 9-3 being anything except a hatchback or convertible. But there *was* a spy shot claiming to be a "9-2" with the ugliest little "squareback" you ever did see! Saab's USA execs are quite negative on such a creation, however, being completely unconvinced that the Trolls can build something less expensive than a 9-3 while retaining Saab's motor, drivetrain, and level of equipment.
Sep 11, 1998 (6:52 pm)
That's something that the USA execs say. But in Europe, the cars tend to be much smaller and the 9-3 is pretty much at the top of the range where individuals actually purchase their cars. Due to the peculiarities of European tax laws, the vast majority of larger and more expensive cars are company purchased and part of the employee's compensation. (You can't do that here any more.) So, a smaller "Saab" would be quite beneficial in the European market. They say.