Saab 9-5 sedan technical highlights

The new Saab 9-5:

Most modern technology from Scandinavia

  • Technically most advanced Saab in brand history
  • Largely designed, developed and built in Sweden
  • An exclusive alternative among premium sedans

The all-new 9-5 sedan is the most advanced and technologically advanced car Saab has ever produced. With numerous specific details and high-tech elements, the Saab 9-5 optimizes the interaction between driver and vehicle, making travel even more enjoyable for all passengers.

Saab 9-5 also with XWD and eLSD
Saab 9-5 also with XWD and eLSD

The new Saab 9-5 is the top model of the brand and the alternative among premium sedans, which sets standards with its high level of functionality and driving pleasure. Production of the new 9-5 takes place in Trollhättan, Sweden; where the vehicle was also predominantly designed and developed.

The 9-5 Sedan offers the innovative technologies customers expect in this class. They range from the Head-up Information Display (HUD) to the Advanced Parking Assistance (APA) through to hard drive storage capacity for music as well as independent temperature selection in the rear or a flexible cargo space.

"It's the most advanced and technologically advanced car we've ever made," says Mats Fägerhag, Saab Engineering Development Manager. "The new 9-5 is the epitome of what we mean by a modern car. It meets all the functionality and equipment requirements customers place on a vehicle of this class. "

In the street

The suspension systems and technologies are designed for a sporty driving experience. Thus, the mechanical components of the suspension are designed so that they optimally match the driving characteristics of the different engines and drive trains. In addition, the adaptive Saab DriveSense suspension with real-time damper control is optionally available.

HiPerStrut front and H-arm rear handlebar

The new Saab 9-5 uses three different wheel suspensions:

The front-wheel drive variants with 1,6 or 2,0-liter gasoline and the 160 PS strong diesel engine have MacPherson struts front and a four-link rear axle. The 190 PS powerful diesel engine is produced with H-arm rear axle steering in conjunction with HiPerStrut front suspension (High Performance Strut) in a front-wheel drive model and MacPherson front suspension in the Saab XWD. All variants of the Saab XWD are equipped with a rear H-arm steering, while the "Top often the line model" with 2.8 V6 Turbo, which is built exclusively with XWD in the Aero, also has HiPerStrut.

The advanced HiPerStrut system offers driving characteristics similar to a double-wishbone architecture. Compared to the McPherson front axle, the spread, length and offset of the spindle were shortened. Thus, the steering is largely decoupled from disturbing forces, the car gets more grip and the handling and braking characteristics improve.

On the rear axle, the sophisticated H-arm handlebar design with double-decoupled subframe ensures greater ride comfort, better road holding and less vibration in the interior. The same effect has special suspension bushings, which are used both in the H-arm and the four-link axle.

Saab DriveSense

The new Saab 9-5 is Saab DriveSense's first real-time damper control that automatically adapts to the pilot's driving style. The rotary knob allows the driver to choose between "sport" and "comfort" in addition to this "intelligent" mode.

Start / Stop button in Saab 9-5
Start / Stop button in Saab 9-5

The "Intelligent" mode adjusts the handling characteristics of the car in real time to the respective driving style. It continuously varies the stiffness of the electronically controlled shock absorbers, the characteristic of the electronic accelerator pedal and the adjustment of the power steering. If the driver prefers a sporty driving style, the damping is automatically harder, the accelerator pedal travel is shortened and the support provided by the power steering system reduces - the car reacts more directly and "sticks" tangibly on the road, the driver immediately feels the sporty driving behavior. If it reduces the tempo, the dampers are in favor of the ride comfort again a little softer, the accelerator pedal does not have to be so "aggressive" kicked and the steering is smoother.

The "Sport" mode is even more clearly designed for a very sporty driving style, the car reacts even more directly. The shift points for the automatic transmission are increased, the ESP engages later and the rear wheels are supplied with more torque when the vehicle is equipped with Saab XWD. In contrast, the "comfort" mode stands for the particularly gentle design of dampers and accelerator, with the car "swallows" road bumps better. This mode is also the optimal setting to be as fuel efficient as possible.

Saab DriveSense is available as an option on all engine and trim levels except the 160 high-horsepower turbodiesel engines and the 1.6 liter gasoline engine.

Saab XWD with electronic limited slip differential eLSD

The technologically advanced Saab XWD all-wheel-drive system guarantees an incomparable driving experience and driving safety in all road conditions. It has been integrated and optimized by the Saab chassis engineers in the 9-5. It is standard in the 2.8 V6 Turbo and optional on the two-liter turbo versions. The fully automated system uses a Haldex multi-disc clutch that continuously distributes torque between the front and rear axles. Careful programming of the rear axle design also effectively prevents oversteer and understeer. The ESC system is also designed to maximize the sporty potential of the chassis without compromising safety margins.

The optional electronic limited slip differential eLSD distributes up to 50 percent of the rear-directed torque between the rear wheels to the wheel that has more grip. In this way, the car safely follows the direction of the steering angle and the front wheels in tight bends or sudden lane changes.

sports suspension

The sports suspension lowered by 10 millimeters compared to the standard version is standard on the Saab XWD; It is optionally available on the front wheel drive models. It has a stiffer front stabilizer and generally harder springs and dampers.

Adaptive speed controller

With the optional adaptive cruise control for versions with automatic transmission, the driver can not only choose a constant cruising speed as usual. The special cruise control can also be programmed so that the new Saab 9-5 automatically adjusts its speed to the vehicle ahead and maintains the safety distance. Full distance control is provided by 180 km / h to a stop. ACC offers more relaxation and less driving stress, especially in slow, congested traffic situations. The driver can set three different distances.

About the function: A radar sensor hidden in the vehicle grille measures the distance to the car in front. Reduces this now its speed and thus the distance to your own car, the throttle opening is adjusted so far that the previously selected distance is maintained. As soon as a reasonable distance is reached, the vehicle is accelerated to the previously set speed. Should it be necessary to brake hard, a visual warning will appear and an audible alarm will warn the driver. A conventional, "passive" speed regulator is also offered.

Variable Steering Support (Variable Effort Steering VES)

When parking or driving at low speed, VES supports the power steering, making it even smoother. In order to give the driver a safe, direct feeling on the steering wheel at high speed, the power assistance is reduced at high speeds.

An electric motor on the rack regulates the degree of hydraulic assistance. Similarly, the system also reacts to the type of steering wheel movement: the faster the steering wheel is turned, the greater the assistance. This system also contributes to a small extent to the reduction of gasoline consumption by providing hydraulic assistance only when it is really necessary. VES comes standard with Saab XWD four-wheel drive system and Saab DriveSense real-time damper control.

Behind the wheel

Saab makes the driver's seat and the view from the cockpit of the new 9-5 sedan even clearer and safer: Optional features such as the information display, similar to those in the aircraft cockpit, contribute to the adaptive headlights and traffic sign recognition.

Head-up display (HUD)

The Head-up Information Display (HUD) represents a real safety benefit. It projects important information on speed, warnings, direction of travel and navigation into the direct field of vision of the driver, so that he always looks at the road in front of him and does not have to take his eyes off the traffic. The system, based on the technology of modern jet fighters, displays a virtual image at the perceived distance of two meters and is set with two switches on the dashboard next to the steering wheel. As a further parallel to the aircraft cockpit, the HUD display features Saab's typical green illumination.

SmartBeam adaptive headlights

With the SmartBeam adaptive headlight Saab offers one of the most advanced lighting systems available on the market. The bi-xenon headlights swivel into the curve and illuminate the bend optimally. In addition, they automatically adjust their light beam to the respective speed, the road and traffic conditions. The advanced system also relieves the driver by automatically switching from high to low beam and vice versa.

At speeds below 50 km / h, the "city light" with its wide, flat illumination ensures that pedestrians or obstacles in the route are better visible. The "highway light", which turns on until Tempo 100, extends the beam of light and illuminates the road well at the same time. For even, flat track conditions and speeds over 100 km / h, the "motorway light" offers visibility of up to 140 meters. If the rain sensor switches on the windscreen wipers due to rain or snow, the special "bad weather light" is activated at the same time. With its broad, asymmetrical light distribution, it helps the driver to perceive the road markings more clearly in impaired visibility. Regardless of the mode, the Dynamic Bend Light illuminates the course of bends and turns by swinging the headlamps right or left up to 15 degrees, depending on speed and steering angle.

Saab 9-5 Bio Power, Flexifuel, protect the environment with E85
Saab 9-5 Bio Power, Flexifuel, protect the environment with E85

Traffic sign recognition and lane departure warning

Another security element is the Front Camera with Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW). The camera built into the interior mirror is aligned to the distance in front of the car and programmed for legal traffic in Europe. It recognizes the signs for speed limits and overtaking prohibition and displays them as a light symbol in the main display of the dashboard. If you drive faster than 60 km / h, the system also warns the driver against unintentionally leaving your own lane, for example due to tiredness or carelessness.

Advanced Parking Assistance

Thanks to the Saab Advanced Parking Assistance (APA), the driver can park in side gaps only one meter longer than the Saab 9-5. By means of ultrasound at the front, side and rear, the system measures a suitable parking space and specifies the optimal rearward parking process. Visual and acoustic instructions then show the driver the right way into the gap.

Comfort and functionality

Numerous technology solutions ensure maximum comfort and functionality in the interior of the new 9-5 sedan. The state-of-the-art infotainment systems include, for example, the eight-inch navigation system with touch screen monitor, as well as separate audio access and screens for the passengers in the rear.

Start / stop button and keyless entry and exit

On all new 9-5 models, a start / stop button replaces the usual ignition lock as standard. In typical Saab tradition he is between the front seats in the gearshift. Once the engine control unit identifies the driver's comfort key, it can simply start or stop the car at the touch of a button.

Another convenience is the keyless entry and exit. If the system recognizes the driver's comfort key, all you have to do is pull on the door handle and the 9-5 unlocks - even if the comfort key is in the trouser or handbag. Conversely, the mechanism can automatically lock the vehicle when the driver leaves it by simply touching the closing area of ​​the door handle. In this way, even the remote control on the key does not even need to be pressed.

Three-zone climate

Two-zone climate control for driver and front passenger is standard in all Saab 9-5. Together with the rear seat entertainment system there is the option of a three-zone air conditioning with independent temperature option for the passengers in the rear seats. A special ventilation duct directs the air to the rear outlet of the center console. There is an additional small fan that accelerates the airflow and distributes the air through two adjustable nozzles.

Saab 9-5 Infontainment
Saab 9-5 Infontainment

Innovative infotainment systems

Saab offers an exceptionally wide range of state-of-the-art infotainment systems in the new 9-5. These include the high-quality Harman Kardon audio system with 5.1 surround sound as well as the navigation system with eight-inch touchscreen. It offers, among other things, a bird's-eye view of a map and a hard drive with storage space for road maps and route data.

In the audio section, the variety is particularly large: in addition to the AM / FM and DAB radio reception, the driver can both insert CDs and listen to music from MP3 player or USB stick. For the favorite hits 10 GB are available on the integrated hard drive. The audio systems are easy to operate via the fittings or the steering wheel; The center console has room for AUX, 12-Volt and USB ports, which is included as standard in most 9-5 variants. When enjoying music via USB connection, the vehicle display shows the information about the title, artist and album.

The rear passengers can follow their own audio or video program independently of the driver and front passenger. The connections and volume controls are located at the rear outlet of the center console; laptop-foldable, eight-inch screens are attached to the back of the front seats. For a carefree listening pleasure wireless headphones are available. In addition, other devices such as game console or digital camera can be used via the AUX port.

The built-in Bluetooth phone system works by voice input and steering wheel buttons, making communication easier while driving.

Flexible cargo space

In order to be able to secure luggage and cargo even better and stow away faster and more flexibly, the loading area optionally has a U-shaped rail with retractable separation options. The system represents a further development to the predecessor model. In addition, the trunk offers a standard screen holder and hooks to which bags can be attached.


The safety features of the new 9-5 sedan are based on Saab's successful "real-life-safety" philosophy. Crash tests and computer simulations are always geared to real traffic accidents and are based on findings from more than 6.100 accidents on Swedish roads, in which Saab vehicles were involved. Developing safety features for the new 9-5 enabled Saab engineers to draw on 50's years of experience. For the immediate development process, this means that Saab carries out numerous crash tests that go beyond those legally required or performed by consumer organizations to ensure optimum body structure and the best possible pedestrian protection.

The success of this Saab strategy is reflected in the investigations and accident analyzes of the US Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) and the Swedish insurance company Folksam. The various Saab vehicles have always performed excellently here and have received several times the best rating in their class. Further evidence of the accident safety of the Saab models: Both Saab 9-3 and 9-3 convertible and the new 9-5 have all achieved the maximum rating of five stars in the EuroNCAP crash test.

To ensure the greatest possible passenger safety, the 9-5's active standard head restraints SAHR (Saab Active Head Restraints) are the third generation for driver and front passenger series in addition to the comprehensive standard protective equipment. As an optional package, side airbags and automatic belt tensioners are also available for left and right rear seat passengers. Together with the many innovative technology solutions - ranging from SmartBeam adaptive headlights to TSR / LDW and HUD to adaptive cruise control - the numerous protection systems of the new Saab 9-5 ensure the highest level of active and passive safety. ESC is fitted as standard in the entire vehicle range, rear LED brake lights flash during heavy braking to warn the following vehicles.

Source / Pictures: Saab Automobile AB

6 thoughts too "Saab 9-5 sedan technical highlights"

  • I've been the proud owner of a new 95 for a few weeks now. It is simply a dream car !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • My 9-5 now has over 3.000 km down. Vector, diesel 160 PS. Although the seats are not (yet) enough for my old 9000 AERO, it is an absolutely great car that you can only fall in love with. If SAAB continues like this, then the brand becomes KULT again.
    I drive in Audi, VW or BMW every now and then - everything works great on cars, but emotions, domestic feelings only appear in the SAAB, the cars are somehow all too perfect and emotionally sterile.
    I read here every day and hope my prayers will be answered.
    We're helping as much as possible with 1x 9-5, 3x 9-3 sportswear, 1x 9-3 Limusine and of course the 9000 is still on board.

  • Since 3 weeks, an 9 5 has the 2. Generation replaced the previous 9-5 station wagon. The purchase was the absolutely right decision. The car equipped with the 190 PS diesel engine is not only technically optimal.

    I hope the brand Saab will somehow survive. The vehicles are just something very special. I hardly believe that Audi, BMW or Mercedes drivers are addressed at the traffic lights on the great styling of their car. Already happened to me three times in the short time.

  • I've been driving 2010 9 5 II, a dexterity 2 engine, since autumn.
    a super car that I will not give away so soon.

  • Can someone tell me what it currently looks like with the spare parts supply?

    • Currently after initial difficulties end 2011 good, my boss drives one. What can not be obtained from the official side are the dealers from Swedish sources.


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