Last Monday we went over the never-in-series hatchback version of the new Saab 9-5 generation. Unfortunately the pictures were poor and a rear view was not available.
In the meantime, more imagery has come into my inbox and there are some new views and insights. In the last article we suspected that there had been no more activity with the 9-5 hatchback in the short Spyker time, which is not the case. In April 2010, prototype number 2, well camouflaged in the Saab convoy, was on the A2 in Germany. At the time, the photographer wasn't sure what a 9-5 prototype was driving in front of his Saab, but he pressed the shutter release button on the camera. He only knew what he had photographed when our article about the hatchback appeared.
The rear is well camouflaged, and at first glance you might suspect a BMW 5 Series GT under the camouflage. But we know better. The tall essay is a skilfully misled act; in the series, the big Saab would have been much more elegant. How much, you can guess when you look at the slim rear of prototype number one on the car transporter.
If you ask the “Transport Stryelesen” for the registrations of the two pre-series vehicles, the hatchbacks 9-5 no longer exist. They have probably been released for scrapping for a long time, and maybe they are still in some scrap yard in Sweden.
We would have liked to see the 9-5 hatchback in the showrooms of our dealers. Was there a chance?
The question of whether Saab - if the story had gone better in Trollhättan - would have brought the hatchback to series production has now also been clarified. Unfortunately, there was no chance of mass production of the hatchback. In the 2011 business plan of Saab Automobile AB, the model planning up to 2020 is documented. Another variant of the large Saab was not planned. The Swedes did not have the freedom to introduce an additional version due to the treaties with Detroit.
The GM-licensed 9-5 generation would have remained in contractually limited quantities up to 2016 / 17 in production. With the expiry of the 2016 limousine and the 2017 station wagon, the successors on the Phoenix platform would have been launched at the same time. As a sedan and as a station wagon, with engines from Saab partner BMW under the hood.
Only then, with the successor, was a third body variant on schedule. A four-door 9-5 coupe. Whether with a large tailgate, that's not confirmed.
Pictures: Saab Friends Erftkreis (2) saabblog.net (1)