Powertrain Downsizing In Action – Saab’s Next 9-5
By Kevin Miller
Channel4.com has reported that the entry-level engine for the long-awaited next-generation Saab 9-5 will be a turbocharged 1.6 liter four. The 1.6 liter engine is in keeping with Saab’s philosophy of downsizing engines while utilizing their extensive turbocharging expertise.
The smaller base engine will have more car to move around, as the new 9-5 will be somewhat larger than the current car. The current 9-5 is powered in the US only by a 260 HP 2.3 liter four which is the latest derivation of a historic Saab powertrain. Other powertrains forecast for the new 9-5 include the 260 HP, 2.8 liter V6 from the Cadillac CTS, a 2 liter CDTi diesel, and Saab’s turbocharged 2 liter, ethanol-compatible Biopower engine.
Saab’s recently-introduced XWD all-wheel drive system will be offered on the new 9-5, and a raised-suspension “softroader” wagon in the same vein as the 9-3 SportCombi-based crossover expected to debut this October in Paris, will join the 9-5 sedan and SportCombi wagon.
As we reported last month, the 9-5 is expected to be introduced at the Geneva Auto Show next March. It will be built in GM’s Rüsselsheim, Germany, plant alongside its platform-mate Opel Insignia, with deliveries beginning next Autumn.
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