The 9-5 will be positioned at the upper end of the Saab range and launched with a new generation of Saab Ecopower turbocharged engines. Saab is yet to announce prices, but there is expected to be some overlap with the 9000 range, currently priced between £19,605 and £31,550. The 9-5 will also add a model at the top of the Saab range and looks set to compete with the likes of the BMW 5-Series.
Production of the 9000CD saloon will cease when the 9-5 is launched, but the 9000CS - which has seen a 30% jump in UK sales over the last two years - will be built until the end of the decade. The 9-5 saloon will be followed by an estate version, which marks Saab's return to the estate market after a gap of around 20 years since the Saab 95 estate of the mid-1970s.