Saab Service Kiel is developing into a center for the second series Saab 9-5. Not only for the model year 2012, that in the Car dealership Lafrentz made fit for the road with Swedish cooperation. Also Saab drivers from the southern parts of Germany take a long journey to Kiel in order to keep their vehicles there waiting. Well over half a dozen 2012 vehicles are currently in the far north, and there are one-offs that could fuel the discussion on the missed Saab future.
A gap in the model program would have been closed with the vintage 2012. The two abbreviations TTID4 and XWD had not been combinable until then. The strong Saab Diesel was always a compulsive front-wheel drive, which not only I did not understand. XWD and diesel make sense, our dealer's 9-5 NG sports trolley combination already had this combination and was equipped with Saab eLSD. Four-wheel drive, driving fun and low consumption for the new model year. The 9-5 II would have become interesting for business travelers.
There is still something in Kiel that would probably have been realized in this model year. A black 9-5 II sedan with automatic start / stop. One more detail that shows how development was carried out in Trollhättan until the bitter, provisional end. Back then, Saab lacked the time factor in addition to financial opportunities. If all of these features had been available when the 2010 model series was launched, sales would have developed better.
But that is past, and it is useless to dwell on that thought. In Sweden, they are working on the exciting future, and at the Saab Festival in Trollhättan it could be that the curtain is aired to a small extent. We are patient, as always. In a few days we will be smarter.
Pictures: Autohaus Lafrentz for saabblog.net