- Another step in the largest ever Saab new product offensive
- Clearly defined alternative in the premium station wagon segment
- Continuation of the expressive design language of the Saab 9-5 saloon
- Available from April, first deliveries scheduled for September
Sporty elegance paired with driving pleasure: The SportCombi adds to the numerous, positively valued attributes of the Saab 9-5 sedan - versatility. It expands the segment of large premium station wagons with a striking alternative.
So the SportCombi has the same expressive, Saab Aero X inspired look as the saloon. The far-reaching, sloping roofline opens into a steeply sloping rear with Saab's signature wrap-around window glazing. The result is an impressively sporty station wagon with a crouched posture, whose dynamic appearance does not stand in the way of the requirements for generous transport space.
The intelligent payload solutions include a versatile, foldable luggage compartment floor, a U-shaped rail for flexible space allocation (U-Rail) and a storage compartment underneath the floor, which can also be used as a watertight transport space. The 9-5 SportCombi is also available with an electric tailgate programmable tailgate.
As an addition to the fully turbocharged engine program of the sedan, which comes with both petrol and bioethanol and diesel variants, the SportCombi is equipped with the groundbreaking XWD four-wheel drive system, which has a number of advanced features. Add to that the adaptive suspension system Saab DriveSense, adaptive cruise control, adaptive bi-xenon SmartBeam headlights, Keyless Entry (opening and starting without key), a three-zone climate system and the head-up display, the information in the style of a fighter aircraft projected onto the windshield.
Orders for the SportCombi will be accepted from April; first deliveries to customers are planned for September. With the SportCombi body version, Saab is significantly increasing the appeal of the new Saab 9-5 model range, which is entering a segment where Saab, with its long history of versatile car design, is able to sell its station wagons at a similar level to its saloons.
"The launch of the Saab 9-5 SportCombi is a long awaited step in our new product drive," said Jan Åke Jonsson, CEO of Saab Automobile. "He brings Saab back into the segment of large station wagons, where we have already been able to achieve a strong presence with our previous offerings in numerous key markets."
The 9-5 SportCombi was developed parallel to the sedan and therefore shows the same expressive front styling, which is additionally taken up by the curved wrap-around look of the rear window. Together with the typical design of the front end of the SportCombi gets its very own identity. The dynamic, long-drawn roofline continues in the low-mounted rear spoiler, which is integrated into the upper edge of the tailgate. The standard, extremely narrow roof rail has no negative impact on the graceful design.
Constructive Saab signatures such as the massive C-pillar, which runs along the waistline as a hockey stick, combine in the SportCombi with the eye-catching rear contour to create a powerful, dynamic appearance.
To underline the sporty character, the tailgate is slightly tilted forward. It is dominated in its entire width by a light bar in the ice block design, which opens at the sides in the rear lamp cluster. This relatively new Saab design theme first appeared on the Saab 9-5 sedan and the Saab 9-4X crossover.
Dynamic and functional
The low-set, fully carpeted cargo bed is designed for optimal space utilization and easy loading. The rear seat backrest can be almost completely folded in the 60 / 40 ratio without having to move the seat upholstery or remove the headrests. The isolation of the rear area of the vehicle from noise, vibrations and resonances has also received a lot of attention, so that the occupants can enjoy a similar level of comfort to those in the saloon.
With the backrest folded down, the cargo space extends to almost two meters (1962 mm) and offers a customizable load capacity of up to 1.600 liters (527 liters with upright rear seat backrest). The side walls are completely flat and also vertical. This creates a smooth-walled, open space without obstructive corners or wheel arches. Compartments in the side walls provide space for comfortable
Storing small items. Four eyelets and an 12-V socket are also standard. A U-shaped rail running along the outer walls in the floor allows flexible, needs-based splitting of the luggage compartment. As with the 9-5 sedan, this is done with the help of a telescopic separation grille, so that objects of different sizes can be transported separately from each other and secured against slipping.
At the bottom of the typical for Saab handle falls in the form of an aircraft, with the floor can be opened in sections. Folding two times reveals an additional storage compartment on vehicles equipped with a tire repair kit instead of a mini-spare wheel. An extendable support arm snaps into the unfolded floor and holds it securely in position. This creates a flexible alternative if you do not want to use the entire luggage space.
The underside of the base has two slots for space-saving storage of the U-rail divider. In addition, here hooks are attached to secure shopping bags can be attached. Optionally, a matching overlay is available to make the recess in the bottom a watertight storage compartment for sports equipment, outdoor clothing or dirty footwear.
In the version with mini-spare wheel, the matching cover plate creates a 65 mm high space under the actual luggage compartment floor, which is suitable for storing flat or smaller objects.
On request, the tailgate can be opened and closed electrically - also with comfort control. This is done either by turning the knob on the driver's door or by using a key on the key fob. A touchpad on the outside of the flap above the license plate and a button on the inside also trigger the servo mechanism.
The tailgate is also programmable so that it does not open with full opening angle, but only partially, for example when the ceiling height in a garage is limited. How far the flap opens, is adjusted with the rotary knob, which can switch off the servo function at the same time.
The low loading edge of just 648 mm additionally facilitates loading and unloading. Lower edge and luggage compartment floor are at a height, which makes it easier to push in heavy objects. A light on the inside of the tailgate and smaller lamps on the side walls provide excellent lighting conditions in the luggage compartment even in the dark.
The one-hand extendable luggage compartment cover protects against prying eyes. It is in eyelets in the side walls immediately behind the rear seat
-fitted. The locking bar slides in rails on the inside of the D-pillars upwards, thus simplifying access to the luggage compartment.
Source / Pictures: Saab Automobile AB